I’m starting to think Susan isn’t a parody account after all, but probably just Fr. Martin’s alter ego.
It’s just another day to call out Fr. Martin on the ridiculous suppositions he tries to float. Let’s just look at his novel’s worth of tweets and all the bunk found in them.
First of all, before you start ranting along with me, please take note that this is a typical Fr. James Martin, SJ, tactic. He frames an argument that doesn’t exist, spins reality on its ear, then hopes that nobody notices. Do the research, people.
This had nothing to do with feeling closer to Our Lord and Our Lady. It had everything to do with using an adored image in Poland to protest the Church. How do I know? Because the people behind it said so! (empasis mine)
“The Warsaw Freedom Activists had already earlier explained why they had conducted an action with the Mother of God of Equality in Płock,” wrote Łukasz Grzegorczyk in Polish.
“In a letter sent to the Na Temat editorial office, they wrote that the rainbow Mary, which they stuck to the walls and sidewalks near the church of St. Dominic, is supposed to be an expression of opposition to the stigmatization of non-heteronormative people by the clergy.”
So, Fr. Martin might say “it looks a lot less like a protest,” but sadly he’s just trying to fool you. The instigators admitted it was. He’s just hoping you won’t find out about that.
So then he makes the argument nobody’s making:
“But the larger question is this: Why shouldn’t LGBT Catholics be able to feel close to Mary and Jesus? And why shouldn’t they have art that enables them to do so, as do other groups in the church?”
This is just made to tug at the heartstrings and really has no merit, but it would still be lame even if it were true. Let me answer it anyway.
Last time I checked, Our Lady raised her son knowing He would sacrifice Himself for us and she watched his Passion and death on the cross. Our Lord died on the cross for ALL our sins (you know, the ones Fr. Martin probably isn’t sure exist). Why would you need to change an image held dear to the faithful in Poland (or anywhere else for that matter) to feel close to Mary and Jesus? They made the ultimate sacrifice for ALL, but altering an image of them is necessary for you to feel close to them? If Christ’s death and resurrection failed to hit the mark, I’m pretty sure a little Photoshop isn’t going to do it.
Fr. Martin might have also wanted to notice that Black Madonna of Częstochowa doesn’t look like the vast majority of Poles. They didn’t seem to need to change that image to revere and adore her, did they?
“In short: Are Mary and Jesus only for straight people?”
Seriously? I’m not sure YOU know who or what Mary and Jesus are for. You seem overwhelmingly confused, or at least you’re trying to confuse the masses and you’re quite willing to use any method to do so.