Bp. Barron hit with massive backlash after praising pro-LGBT Fr. James Martin

‘Fr. Martin is a winsome guide to all those who want to deepen their friendship with the Lord,’ Barron wrote.Sat Oct 31, 2020 – 1:51 pm EST

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Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Robert Barron chaired the revision of the U.S. Bishops’ teaching on the death penalty in Baltimore, Md., June 2019. Lisa Bourne / LifeSiteNews

Doug MainwaringBy Doug Mainwaring

October 31, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop Robert Barron, an auxiliary bishop for Los Angeles and founder of the popular “Word on Fire” ministry, experienced a tsunami of criticism after praising pro-LGBT Fr. James Martin in an endorsement for the Jesuit’s new book about prayer.  

“Delighted to share the final cover of ‘Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone,’ to be published in Feb by Harper One Books,” said Martin in a tweet which accompanies the galley proofs for the book’s cover. 

“Thanks to Bishop Barron, Cardinal B Cupich … and others for their support,” he added.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1322180235459207170&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lifesitenews.com%2Fnews%2Fbp-barron-hit-with-massive-backlash-after-praising-pro-lgbt-fr-james-martin&siteScreenName=LifeSite&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

A close inspection of the back cover reveals Bishop Barron’s personal praise for the Jesuit, long known for his dedication to normalizing homosexuality and transgenderism within the Catholic Church.  

“Fr. Martin is a winsome guide to all those who want to deepen their friendship with the Lord,” wrote Barron. 

Galley sheet back cover of Fr. James Martin’s new book, with Bishop Barron’s endorsement circled

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Social media erupted with sharp backlash from orthodox Catholics decrying Barron’s support for Martin.

“Now that Barron has publicly endorsed a book on prayer by Fr. James Martin, he has absolutely no credibility for orthodox Catholics,” declared LifeSite columnist Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, an outspoken Thomistic theologian, liturgical scholar, author, and Church commentator, in a Facebook posting. 

“This, friends, is a moment of God-given clarity,” continued Kwasniewski. “Barron, standing atop his media empire, brandishing a new Barronized Bible, has made the mistake of thinking he’s invincible.” 

“This step clinches that he is in the charmed circle of [James] Martin, [Blase] Cupich, [Wilton] Gregory, [Theodore] McCarrick, et alia.”

“I am angry. But, more than that, I am so very sad,” wrote Fr. Richard Heilman, popular author and speaker. “It is now more clear than ever that the appeasement and compromise of our bishops to the ruling class and the purveyors of moral disintegration has been revealed to be endemic. This, while prelates do not blink an eye in castigating any holy and heroic priest who receives so much as one complaint from the Left.”

“As seen with Wilton Gregory and others, this kind of appeasement and compromise (recall he warmly invited Fr. James Martin to speak in his diocese) opens the pathway to elevation, under this pontificate,” noted Heilman.

“Bishop Barron is not your friend. See the signs and run far away,” urged Catholic author and marriage activist Leila Miller.

“I will warn people away from him regularly now. Enough is enough,” declaredMiller. “The faithful have had enough, and I am done being silent. Any complicity with James Martin is complicity with darkness. 

“And to encourage people to READ any of Martin’s books, to put people on Martin’s trail, as if he were trustworthy, prayerful, ‘winsome’ — well, it’s a bridge too far (no pun intended),” she continued.  “Asking slithery, disingenuous, LGBTQ-activist Martin to teach you how to pray is like asking the devil to teach you how to pray.”— Article continues below Petition —PETITION: Ask Pope Francis to clarify and rectify scandalous remarks on homosexual civil unions 

“James Martin holds heretical views that are leading young men to burn,” tweeted Austin Ruse, pro-life activist, author, and founder of C-Fam. “No one, most of all a bishop should endorse his work on any topic.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1322550441847279617&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lifesitenews.com%2Fnews%2Fbp-barron-hit-with-massive-backlash-after-praising-pro-lgbt-fr-james-martin&siteScreenName=LifeSite&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

Perhaps the most poignant — and most important — reaction came from Joseph Sciambra, a former gay porn actor who returned to the Church, despite having suffered sexual abuse from predatory homosexual priests.  

My abuser: “You were born gay; God made you that way.” 

James Martin: “God made you this way.”

[Pope] Francis: “God made you gay.” 

In less than 40 years, the script used by predator priests has moved through the hierarchy — all the way up to the Pope.

Earlier this month, LifeSiteNews reported on Bishop Barron’s murky, equivocating commentary on what he described as the “intense dilemma” Catholics face with regard to their vote.  The net result was to obscure the clear pro-life choices Catholics and other people of faith face in the presidential election which is already upon us.

“A Catholic in good conscience could never say that she will vote for Joe Biden because the Democrat is pro-choice, and by the same token, a Catholic in good conscience could never say that he will vote for Donald Trump because the Republican is for capital punishment,” asserted Barron.

“In the political calculus of a Catholic, opposition to abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment should take pride of place,” said Barron, finally allowing that “the number of those threatened by abortion and euthanasia is far greater than the number of those under threat of capital punishment.”

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  1. claire reiss says:

    Love to share something with you, who would read this……

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    God does not make junk! We all have a CROSS to carry for the Perfection OF OUR SOULS! “Carry your cross and follow me! I am the Way, the Truth and the life!” Every human has a Cross with which to prove whose LOVE for GOD ~ Our Creator, the Son of God Who is our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit Who is our Breathe~ the energy of our SOULS! It is our JOB to keep them HOLY! “Carry your cross and follow me!” Our Cross is a GIFT to US with which we can prove our LOVE for God by help to make it PERFECT! “Be perfect as you HEAVENLY is PERFECT!” “No one is good, but your Heavenly Father alone is GOOD!” We, each one of us, must help ourselves to be come Perfect and Good by living in the Law of God, there is no other way, in order to GAIN HEAVEN! “If you love me, keep MY COMMANDMENTS!” John 14:15. That is all we have to do! Once the HABIT is built, one is ON THE PATH! BUILD THAT HABIT by DAY AND NIGHT MEDITATING IN THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS! ATTEND DAILY MASS if one can! Make each MASS the SOUL BANQUET WITH GOD~ THE MOST HOLY TRINITY! That CLOSENESS with the UNITY of the MOST HOLY TRINITY ~ Presence of God is within ONE’S SOUL daily Is the SUSTENANCE…… “THE IMAGE OF JESUS!” Let us make MAN in our Image and LIKENESS! That Image is the IMAGE of JESUS and the LIKENESS is PERFECT & GOOD! In perfection, there is NO COMPROMISE WITH SIN ! Son = DARKNESS! Even a slightest of a bad thought, or a word! GOD ALONE IS IMMORTAL! Thus, HE alone can gives IMMORTALITY to WHATEVER HE want to give! The only thing that He created HE give HIS IMMORTALITY to are the HUMAN SOULS!, THE HUMAN SOUL is a PART OF HIMSELF, HIS BREATHE! Thus our souls are IMMORTAL, because they all are a part of God Himself, His BREATH! He is SINLESS, thus, our SOULS ARE SINLESS! But, our human nature is prom to SIN… Our Flesh commits SIN all the TIME… God gave us HIS SON JESUS to help for each of us to whose very own SOUL, no one could do it for anyone else. Each HUMAN must do it for whose soul’s sake! The Passion of Jesus paved the PATH! God is patient, He wait for each of us to find our way to Return to to HIM! That Path is the CROSS! Each one of us must carry our very own Cross for the PERFECTION OF OUR VERY OWN SOULS! Other may give us some help, but, we must be responsible for our very own CROSS!

    Yes, God is LIFE! Anything that is ANTI LIFE is ANTI GOD! What is Anti GOD is pro-SATAN! What are the ANTI GOD THING that are now Legal? 1. Birth Control! Any means that is outside of the CHURCH TEACHING! 2. Abortion = killing of the UNBORN. 3. Euthanasia! 4. Sodomy! Those are to do with the Catholic TEACHING! Anyone who is not a Catholic, is up to whose own! the Catholic TEACHING is not for them! Heaven is of PURE LIGHT! LIGHT IS WITHIN everything there in HEAVEN! Everything is Gloriously brilliant with LIGHT shinning form within! Nothing there is without LIGHT from within itself! There is no shadow on the ground!

    On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 6:46 PM ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP wrote: > > abyssum posted: ” NEWS Bp. Barron hit with massive backlash after praising pro-LGBT Fr. James Martin ‘Fr. Martin is a winsome guide to all those who want to deepen their friendship with the Lord,’ Barron wrote.Sat Oct 31, 2020 – 1:51 pm EST Los Angeles auxili” >

  2. hellenback7 says:

    Real Catholics realize there are actual Saints who have written thousands of books on prayer.
    Why would anyone want to read what this man has to say about it? And prayer to whom?

  3. I’m so grateful prevaricator Barron has finally “outed” himself.

    Have been creeped out by him since I 1st stumbled on his early Cecil B de Mille productions. Not an iota of creativity in the man. And how he behaved during his on air time with Jordan B Peterson was one of the most disgusting, ego stroking of himself, while totally oblivious to the pain and anguish of Peterson. And the coup de grace: when he planted and watered and nurtured himself as heir to Ven Abp Fulton J Sheen – that was the last straw. I began to speak up.

    However, my imprecations were for naught. Once again, I was the female Philistine to be calmed and reassured that I was being “too harsh.” And the sweet, wonderful sheep, only seeing the glitz and smelling the steak sizzle and hearing the stentorian, authoritarian tones, were gulled along some more.

    In a word, Barron is (wait for it….) Odious. Odious. Odious. (I previously thought hell was only hot. Now I know it also stinks.)

    Since he’s so smart and terribly terrific and he’s leading so many astray, I do pray for him. Meantime, I really pray for all the blind sheep, including family members, friends who revere him.

    “Resign and Repent. Amen.”

    As the Emperor has “no clothes” and was cavorting around (hopefully) in just his undies… – so too is Odious Barron (blissfully) unaware of the coming RICO reality. May take some time, but he’s comin’ down, down, down.

    My Gigantic Gratitude to you, Excellency, for publishing this exposé. And, Thank you for reading my rants… .

    Yours, France ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    PS – I’m gonna ask James Grein about him… I’ll bet James might have one or two dimes to drop…

    On Mon, Nov 2, 2020, 6:46 PM ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP wrote:

    > abyssum posted: ” NEWS Bp. Barron hit with massive backlash after praising > pro-LGBT Fr. James Martin ‘Fr. Martin is a winsome guide to all those who > want to deepen their friendship with the Lord,’ Barron wrote.Sat Oct 31, > 2020 – 1:51 pm EST Los Angeles auxili” >

  4. catholictradition2 says:

    A Catholic with the true Faith has no dilemma. Bishop Barron is a beguiler leading those who are poorly catechized astray. I am voting for Trump with no attack of false scruples.

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