Now is the chance for Fr Martin to be perfectly clear that he believes what the Holy Catholic Church believes! Will the book peddler take this opportunity??
Dear friends: Today and tomorrow are good days to reflect on the past year. To that end, New Ways Ministry has posted a list of its “Best Catholic LGBT News Events from 2017,” which highlights the reaction to “Building a Bridge.” So this is also a good time to thank everyone for their support for the ministry of building bridges between the institutional church and LGBT Catholics. Since the book was published, I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement from LGBT Catholics and their families, from my brother Jesuits, from my Jesuit superiors, and from many church officials–cardinals, archbishops and bishops. At the same time, I’ve benefited from some intelligent critiques of the book, from all quarters, which has helped me think more deeply about the topic. And as for the hateful and homophobic attacks on the book, and sometimes on me, I find now that they bother me hardly at all. That has been a great grace for me.
In March, a revised and expanded version of the book will be published (in paperback), which will include an introduction that responds to the most common questions and critiques and examines the hateful reactions to the book; many new stories (almost parables) from the lives of LGBT Catholics to help embody some of the themes of the book and help us learn; statistics about LGBT violence, suicides and bullying; and a new biblical meditation. In addition, I’ve included all the endorsements from church officials, which might surprise some readers, to remind people that a great many of our church leaders want to build bridges with the LGBT Catholic community.
In other words, thanks. I look forward to continuing the conversation in 2018. And just for fun, here’s a sneak peak of the new cover.