If you are reading this and you suffer from same-sex attraction or you know someone who does (and who doesn’t?), please watch the videos described/linked below. Yes, one is short and one is very long, but even if you watch only the first few minutes of Fr. Schmitz’ video, you will see a stark contrast between two priests, Fr. Schmitz and Fr. James Martin, SJ.
Look very carefully at what both priests are saying. One is trying to sow seeds of division between you and the Church, while one is trying to get you to join us all in our struggle for everlasting life. One is trying to pit you against the Church by creating a you-or-me story line, but the other is trying to say “Join us as WE struggle TOGETHER.” One wants you to lean on an organization that is diametrically opposed to Church teaching on same-sex attraction (the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have both said New Ways Ministry is not a Catholic organization), and the other wants you to lean on the Church.
Because I really want you to watch the Fr. Schmitz video, I’m going to cover him first. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWZ171V0wEQ It’s crucial for us to see the truth. While Fr. Martin wants you to believe you should have everything you want, the way you want it and never have to have sorrow in your life, Fr. Schmitz tells you the real deal and, more importantly, where to get the help you truly need to reach your ultimate joy! While Fr. Martin wants you to “come out”, Fr. Schmitz wants you to seek counsel and support. What is it with Fr. Martin and “coming out” anyway?!? Does he want us all to stand up and shout out our proclivities that lead us away from God, or does he just want those suffering from same-sex attraction to do so? Honestly, he’s accepted more than just a few proclivities. Is he going to encourage us to say, “I’m addicted to pornography! Tell me it’s just great!”? Or how about, “I have food addictions or eating disorders. Accept me because that’s who I am!”? Maybe “I’m attracted to my fellow pew sitter’s wife! Cheer me on!”? Of course not, although it might just be the slippery slope he doesn’t see coming because, in his need to justify his pet sin, love is love, right? No, we are not our proclivities.
Back to Fr. Schmitz. He’s willing to tell you the truth/doctrine that we are bodies and souls together. Fr. Martin, on the other hand, wants you to believe that God created confusion and chaos when he made you by constantly putting your soul at odds with your body, and it is only if you accept that this is how God made you (and we the rest of the faithful accept that, too), then you will be at peace. Fr. Mike very clearly states what the Church has always stated. Same-sex attraction itself is not a sin, but to act on it is. Fr. Martin wants you to believe that people in the Church say that simply experiencing same-sex attraction is sinful. He has intimated this more times than I can think in his effort to divide. Fr. Martin wants you to believe that your experience is your identity. If that’s the case, we are all in serious trouble.
Finally, the very last part of Fr. Schmitz’s video – and I want you to watch, so I won’t tell you the specifics – totally and utterly destroys Fr. Martin’s usual tall tale that all of the people who don’t accept homosexual activities just don’t know any people who suffer from same-sex attraction. Just try to tell Fr. Schmitz that, Fr. Martin. As Father Mike points out, not accepting every single decision someone makes about their lives doesn’t equal hate in any way, shape, or form. Father Martin, on the other hand, sells it as hateful. Here’s another video that furthers combats a lot of Fr. Martin’s suggestions about the Church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXcFVwq3epo It is a direct response to Fr. Martin, as you will see, although he’s a lot nicer than I am.
I know many people really don’t pay attention to Fr. Martin and don’t understand why people would, as he puts it, be so mean to him. To help you understand, please take another 10 minutes or so to watch Fr. Martin’s ridiculous commercial for New Ways Ministry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdO87dmgMMk You know what I felt like when I was watching it? I felt like I was watching satan whispering “The Church hates you. The Church rejects you. The Church condemns you. The Church doesn’t love you. The Church is against you. The Church’s religious convictions aren’t welcoming. The Church makes you and outsider. You are alone, marginalized, and left out all because of the Church and her teachings. The Church is telling you that you don’t belong. The Church is trying to take away your Sacramental Grace.” Honestly, it was just awful and evil. The only thing this video did was prey upon the fears that, quite frankly, most of us have. And what was his solution? His solution is to say, if you can’t find a Church that feels welcoming, run into the arms of New Ways Ministry. The kicker? If you can’t find a “welcoming” church (he never actually defines what that is) because of all the mean, callous, and abusive priests and church officials, look for a “spiritual home” that is welcoming, wherever that may be. Seriously? Who’s the person trying to rob people of Sacramental Grace?!?!?! Last time I checked, you can only find that in the Church, but you just told them to go elsewhere, Fr. Martin!
So there you have it. Two views from two VERY different priests. One chooses to pit us against each other in a me/them fashion, and one who chooses to bring us together in the “WE” that we are. Do you want to be part of something bigger than any one of us? Join the struggle we all have against satan, and join us in the struggle to gain everlasting life. Fr. Martin has always been very short-sighted. Nobody ever told us life wouldn’t be hard. It was Christ himself who said “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” It wasn’t “If any man will come after me, let him have all of his desires and joys and follow me.” What we will gain in heaven is far more than we will ever gain on earth. #MadeForLove