Pope Francis sent a handwritten letter to controversial Father James Martin on the eve of an ‘LGBTQ Catholic webinar’ praising him for ‘imitating God’s way’ despite the priest in question being repeatedly denounced for promoting homosexuality at his Masses.

The Pope’s letter was in response to an initial letter from Father James Martin notifying him about the LGBT seminar that was organized by New Way Ministry—in English, and it can be interpreted as the ministry of the new ways—which is not considered Catholic proper and was condemned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2010 for ‘confusing the faithful.’

“Thinking about your pastoral work, I see that you continually seek to imitate God’s style,” Francis wrote. “I pray for you to continue in this way, being close, compassionate and with great tenderness.”

In another tweet Martin thanks the Pope.

In his letter, the Pope tells the priest, “You are a priest for all as God is father to all. I pray that you continue in this way, being close, compassionate and with great tenderness”.

According to Life Site, among the speakers at the online conference were Father Martin, Sister Jeannine Gramick, a self-declared “gay” priest from Fordham, and representatives of the dissident pro-gay Fortunate Families ministry. 

Reasons not to associate with Father James Martin

A video posted by the Catholic youth group Tradition, Property and Family (TFP) details several instances in which the priest promotes ideas or principles completely opposed to Catholic doctrine.

1. Catholics must “reverence” homosexual unions: at Fordham University, Martin said, “I find it hard to imagine how even the most traditionalist, homophobic, close-minded Catholic cannot look at my friend [gay marriage] and say it’s an act of love, and it’s a form of love that I don’t understand but I must revere.”

2. Father Martin supports transgenderism in children: he was outraged when a religious school asked a child who presented as a ‘girl’ for religious education that she would only be accepted with her biological sex.

3. Homosexual kissing at Mass: Martin said, referring to a homosexual couple, “I hope in a few years you’ll be able to kiss your partner [in church] or, you know, your future husband.”

4. Martin also expressed his desire to canonize Sister Jeannine Gramick, a lesbian nun.

5. Blasphemy. The priest tweeted an image of the Virgin Mary, showing her with her skirt raised, holding a snake and stepping on an angel.

The image’s meaning: the muscular legs are to show strength and power, the snake represents sexuality, and the angel under her foot is the patriarchy.

6. Father Martin’s book, ‘Building a Bridge’ is an attempt to normalize the LGBT lifestyle so that it will be accepted by Catholics.

At a meeting earlier last year, Martin addressed 150 Catholic college and university presidents, urging them to promote “inclusion” on their campuses by promoting “LGBT-affirming liturgies,” permitting students to choose their own pronouns.” 

However, the Catholic doctrine, as many other orthodox teachings, have always considered homosexual activity as a sin since the act itself cannot create life—as in the case of a man and a woman—and is born out of a twisted lustful desire and not out of the natural desire of forming a family.