Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit, edits the national magazine America, and has been saying things that the national media have been quoting quite fervently.
One such statement from Fr. Martin is the following:
A stunning change in the way the church speaks about gay people. Synod document speaks of their "gifts" in parishes: http://t.co/t3dWC3Z8aN
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) October 13, 2014
Did the Church ever say people living with same-sex attraction don't have any gifts? Can he point to where the Church USED to say that? Of course not.
Instead, Fr. Martin irresponsibly perpetuates a gigantic myth - namely that the Church "used to hate gays but are now warming up to them." It is extremely irresponsible for a priest to perpetuate this myth because it is wrong on so many levels.
"gay people" is such a simplistic and false term. Does Fr, Martin mean:
1) people living with same sex attraction
2) people having homosexual sex
EITHER WAY - even if a person is in a state of mortal sin - the Church doesn't say such people HAVE NO GIFTS!
Wouldn't that be a fascinating statement: "The Catholic Church would like to declare that those who are in a state of mortal sin have no gifts", or, even worse, "those who are in a state of mortal sin are not welcome." It is sad to see a priest of the Church perpetuate these childish myths. Perhaps it helps sell books, though?
Also from the desk of Fr. Martin:
The Holy Spirit is afoot. And alive. And active. And present to us as a church. And, most of all, as ever, the Holy Spirit is unpredictable.
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) October 14, 2014
We all struggle with humility in our own ways, but to put oneself forward as knowing when the Spirit is afoot and when it isn't so much afoot is not a power most claim for themselves.
We can't, in the same tweet, simultaneously PREDICT what the Holy Spirit is doing while saying it is UNpredictable.