"Pro-homosexual Jesuit priest James Martin redefined the meaning of Lent in an interview for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the powerhouse LGBT lobbying organization in Washington, D.C.
Martin said that Lent is a time to prepare for Easter and to understand the sufferings of Christ, but then quickly switched gears and suggested that the lives of LGBT persons reflect the suffering of Christ.
'So one of the invitations for Catholics (during Lent) is to unite yourself with people who are suffering, including LGBT people,' Martin said.
Lent is 'a time for people to engage more deeply with LGBT people,' he declared.
The remainder of the published interview focused not on a Christocentric understanding of Lent but on how homosexual and the gender-confused people can be made to feel more comfortable about continuing their self-proclaimed sexual/gender identities and activities within the Catholic Church.
The Jesuit suggested Lenten 'spiritual exercises' in the form of questions for Catholics, focusing not on their relationship with Jesus Christ, but on their relationships with LGBT persons.
'Can you exercise humility, which is a virtue during Lent, and listen to people that you might not understand?' said Martin, pushing the idea that any negative impressions about the goodness of homosexuality and transgenderism are nothing more than 'misunderstanding' based on 'old stereotypes.'
He also suggested that God might want to reveal himself to Catholics through homosexuals.
'Can you be open to the fact that God may want to meet you through this LGBT person?' asked Martin, adding, 'the person you thought was other is actually the person who reveals God to you.'"
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