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James Martin, SJ
The idea that LGBT Catholics might feel comforted by an image that suggests the Blessed Mother and Jesus love them seems not to have occurred to the authorities here. At least to me, the image looks less like a protest and more like a plea for love. "
The case has highlighted the clash in predominantly Catholic Poland between the freedom of speech and laws banning hostility against religious beliefs.
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James Martin, SJ May 8
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After all, the Blessed Mother and Jesus are frequently depicted in clothes, and with images, intended to help people in a certain locale, or among a certain group, to feel closer to them. A rainbow is an obvious way to try to bring them into the devotional life of LGBT people.
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James Martin, SJ May 8
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Now, I don't know the complicated politics behind this incident, nor the intentions behind the person who designed and used it. But the image itself is one in a long line of images that are often used to help people feel closer to Mary and Jesus.
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James Martin, SJ May 8
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Perhaps it was also too provocative to use a specific image, in this case Our Lady of Czestochowa, so well known by Polish Catholics. (And yes, I have a great devotion to her too, having visited her shrine in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, many times.)
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James Martin, SJ May 8
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But the larger question is this: Why shouldn't LGBT Catholics be able to feel close to Mary and Jesus? And why shouldn't they have art that enables them to do so, as do other groups in the church?
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James Martin, SJ May 8
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In short: Are Mary and Jesus only for straight people?
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Kiel Clenney May 9
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I honestly cannot believe you are a priest. If you were the first one I had spoken to before my conversion I would not have taken Catholicism seriously.
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Obianuju Ekeocha May 8
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You are unbelievable. Any day I read your tweets, I spend hours holding myself from angry and sinful response. You spit on the face of the Church worldwide.
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Thomas D. Williams May 9
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I doubt very much the Blessed Virgin Mary appreciates being exploited as a propaganda tool to promote the gay lifestyle.
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Matt 4 EFTA 🇳🇴 🇮🇸 🇨🇭 🇱🇮🇬🇧 May 8
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The rainbow is the symbol of a political movement and agenda. That is undeniable.
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Touchstone Jester  ن May 8
Believe me, sticking this images on public toilets and dust bins is not the kind of worshiping Mother of God, I could accept. But that was actual reason for public outcry in Poland.
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🇺🇲 David Williams 🇺🇲 May 9
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Where are the rainbow Mohammed drawings?
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John W. Baker May 8
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Jesus surrounded himself with every sort of person disapproved by the religious authorities Associations with "sinners" rendered him ritually "unclean." His love for them, and it was mutual, seems to have outweighed these considerations. ❤️🔥
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Derek May 8
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You are unbelievable.
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D.C.McLean May 9
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However, a Polish news report said that the activists also covered St. Dominic's Holy Sepulchre display with cardboard boxes reading "lies" and "theft", so the trolling intent was clear. This happened over the Triduum, too.
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Allison St. Claire May 8
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I'm just grateful for the separation of church and state and freedom of expression we enjoy in America. I never knew European nations had laws against hurting the religious feelings of others. Sad.
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Joe Gayda May 8
Pope John Paul really hoped that the decline of Communism would lead to a return of a dominant church. He even had Lech Walesa purge Solidarity leaders who were not supportive of the Church.
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