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James Martin, SJ
Why should we use "LGBT" or "LGBTQ" in the church? Because people have a right to name themselves, and this is the name many choose. And there is such a "thing" as an "LGBTQ Catholic" and a "transgender catholic." They are members of the Body of Christ.
The archbishop argued that the Church does not ‘categorise people’ by their ‘sexual appetites’
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James Martin, SJ 4 Oct 18
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I understand Archbishop Chaput's point but this member of the Body of Christ deserves a name, and this is the name that many, if not most, choose. (Likewise, we don't say "Negroes," we say "African Americans" or "Blacks.") Individuals and groups have a right to name themselves.
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James Martin, SJ 4 Oct 18
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Finally, they are indeed a distinct member of the Body of Christ with distinct experiences--of exclusion, marginalization and persecution--and the church must speak of them with "respect," as the Catechism says (2358). Part of respect is using the name they choose, thus "LGBT/Q."
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James Martin, SJ 4 Oct 18
Replying to @JamesMartinSJ
Addendum. For those who object to "LGBT Catholics" because it's somehow divisive to recognize distinct groups within the church: We refer to, e.g., "Latino Catholics" and "Young Adult Catholics" without objection. "LGBT Catholics" are simply another member of the Body of Christ.
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Mike Periu 4 Oct 18
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You conflate things very cleverly. 1. NO ONE is denying that people with SSA are members of the body of Christ. 2. Identity politics is poison and has no place in the Church. Two people with SSA can have entirely different beliefs. 3. LGBTQ isn't a label; it is an ideology.
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James Martin, SJ 4 Oct 18
Replying to @mikeperiu
Most LGBT people do not like the expression SSA. So why use it? Why not let them name themselves?
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Alexandra Halaby 4 Oct 18
Replying to @JamesMartinSJ
The hatred expressed in the responses to this tweet drove me, a trans Catholic, from the Church. I shouldn't have let this evil divide me from the Body of Christ and I hope some day my faith will return. Thank you for reminding the world that we exist
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Juliet Birkbeck 4 Oct 18
It is hard reading so many comments that express hatred and contempt for who we are as well as telling us we can't be named! Well, I'm a bi/queer catholic and there are many more of us - old and young. So hi everybody. And hello especially to Alexandra 😊
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Maggie Gallagher 4 Oct 18
Replying to @JamesMartinSJ
People don't have a right to name themselves, actually. Where would such a right come from? There has to be a better answer than that. My children didn't name themselves.
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Maggie Gallagher 4 Oct 18
Replying to @JamesMartinSJ
You didn't name yourself. Either James or Father. There's just something wrong with this. It's a general principal of ettiquette metastasizing into a metaphysical (false) principle.
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я хочу девушку сталкера 4 Oct 18
Replying to @JamesMartinSJ
I have a name for you, "heretic catholic".
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я хочу девушку сталкера 4 Oct 18
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