As many, many, MANY people did this past week, my family and I headed toward totality in Oregon. It was a grand geekfest that homeschoolers revel in without a doubt.
Now, when we hit the road for vacation each year, it’s a veritable crap shoot what kind of Mass we’re going to get. We step out of our comfort zone and just hope for the best. It’s a 50/50 shot at best. This year was no different. We’re used to the usual happy-clappy sort of thing but it does get a wee bit annoying when it’s just out-and-out heresy. I mean, who wants to go to Mass and feel like you’d like to give the priest a good tongue lashing. So what did we get? We got the Fr. James Martin, SJ wannabe. (Insert exasperated sigh.) I guess the priest just wanted to take the opportunity he had with his congregation doubled in size by eclipse watchers to go for broke.
Not all of the priest’s comments were heretical. Some were just ridiculous but let’s just look at them shall we.
- It was the gospel on the Canaanite woman. This priest’s big take away was that Christ had to learn to deal with people who thought differently than them instead of marginalizing them. (As if Christ didn’t know his messianic mission and who that extended to.)
- Next, the priest said that the Church is going through this today with, for example, women. He said that the Church didn’t know what to do with us. Accept us, reject us or “SEND US TO THE BACK OF THE BUS.” No joke, he said it. What was totally ironic is that the church was named after Mary. Uhhhhhhhhh….
- Then, of course, the prayers of the faithful basically went on to allude to ALL of the other marginalized that the Church has forgotten. Gag! That was his homage to all of those in sin who want to keep sinning.
- And then there was something about him being shocked to find out, as a newly ordained priest, that he was expected to be obedient to his bishop. The horrors!
I quickly leaned over to my husband and pointed to the side door. “That’s our exit after Mass, honey!” Again, I’m on vacation. We loaded into the car and quizzed all the kids who sat through the Mass with a confused look on their face because, well, even they know lunacy when they hear it. I’m sure my older children were probably just praying we didn’t have to hang out too long after while mom gave father what for. We had fun to get to, after all. Yeah, the kids were able to zero in on the heresy right away.
We had friends with us and I mentioned to one of them that I was relatively sure that this priest must own the whole Fr. James Martin, SJ library. I was not off in any way on assumption because the very next day Fr. James Martin, SJ broke Catholic Twitter with this one:
What?!?! Is there a part of the Dark Web from which they all get their talking points?! Were they all in the same class? Brothers from another mother, perhaps? Really, the cultish ways are kind of scary.
Gotta find this rather hysterical that Father “Look how mean and judge-y people are to me!” and who claims not to be a theologian would throw out the heresy accusation. Oops. I mean, that’s right up there with him calling people “haters” awhile back. Let’s stop to pause and think about the fact Fr. Martin almost weekly gives a “mean tweets” reading and he goes and calls those who follow the Catechism heretics. I don’t think the hypocrisy gets any better than this.
It seems that some rather faithful priests/people decided to call him on his heretical views (and came to the same conclusion as the kids camping with us). What a riot! https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/priests-scold-celebrity-jesuit-fr.-james-martin-for-ignorance-arrogance (Hysterical list of responses not to miss!) and here’s another rebuttal by ChurchPOP. https://churchpop.com/2017/08/21/no-jesus-did-not-learn-to-overcome-prejudice-from-the-canaanite-woman/
Ironically, Fr. Martin likes to say WE do not see Christ as truly human and truly divine but he’s the one who denies the divinity thing. Let me let you in on a not so secretive idea. God doesn’t contradict himself, Fr. Martin. While, yes, God placed Himself on the human timeline in the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, this didn’t lead Him to ever be contrary to His divine nature. In other words, Christ understood His messianic mission while He needed to learn how to walk as a toddler as pointed out by the Catechism and many a good priest. Fr. Martin, SJ.? Well, he’s, oh, so fond of the fully human side (a la’ the Last Temptation of Christ type of human) but he is the one who seems to buy into Nestorianism on the fully divine issue. I’m sure he’s fully aware and understands the doctrine on the matter. I think he just prefers to lead people astray.
Now, why does Fr. Martin and his ilk persist putting forth this silly notion? Well, this was shown quite clearly in the “homily” I had to endure. It’s to put forth their social agenda. If they get people to think Christ didn’t know how to deal with the marginalized but learned that he was wrong, shouldn’t we have to achieve that to be Christ-like? (Can you even believe they are trying to float this? It’s simply a narcissistic play to the rest of the congregation.) Problem. This isn’t what Christ did. Does he believe people are that gullible? Well, I guess they are or he wouldn’t have a following.
Nice try Fr. Martin and cult. Nice try.