Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity

Category: Book
By (author): Martin, James
Subject:  RELIGION / Christian Life / General
  RELIGION / Christian Life / Social Issues
  RELIGION / Christianity / Catholic
  RELIGION / Sexuality & Gender Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: June 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 7.12in x 5.00in x 0.65in
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From The Publisher*

The New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Jesus: A Pilgrimage turns his attention to the relationship between LGBT Catholics and the Church in this loving, inclusive, and revolutionary book.

On the day after the Orlando nightclub shooting, James Martin S.J. posted a video on Facebook in which he called for solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. "The largest mass shooting in US history took place at a gay club and the LGBT community has been profoundly affected," he began. He then implored his fellow Catholics-and people everywhere-to "stand not only with the people of Orlando but also with their LGBT brothers and sisters." A powerful call for tolerance, acceptance, and support-and a reminder of Jesus' message for us to love one another-Father Martin's post went viral and was viewed more than 1.6 million times.

Now, Martin expands on his reflections in this moving and inspiring book, offering a powerful, loving, and much-needed voice in a time marked by anger, prejudice, and divisiveness. Adapted from an address he gave to New Ways Ministry, a group that ministers to and advocates for LGBT Catholics, Building a Bridge provides a roadmap for repairing and strengthening the bonds that unite all of us as God's children. Martin uses the image of a two-way bridge to enable LGBT Catholics and the Church to come together in a call to end the "us" versus "them" mentality. Turning to the Catechism, he draws on the three criteria at the heart of the Christian ministry-"respect, compassion, and sensitivity"-as a model for how the Catholic Church should relate to the LGBT community.

Review Quote*"A welcome and much-needed book that will help bishops, priests, pastoral associates, and all church leaders, more compassionately minister to the LGBT community. It will also help LGBT Catholics feel more at home in what is, after all, their church."
Review Quote*"Martin has written a wonderful book that challenges the institutional church to be in dialogue with the LGBT community. This has challenged a lot of people, because you don't want to build a bridge if you already think you're right. But this is where we have to go next."
Review Quote*"Martin knows that by drawing close and entering into relationships, we learn mercy, equality of heart, and love of enemies. If we can be Christian in those things, then the scandal at the heart of the relationship between LGBT believers and our churches is on the way to being undone."
Review Quote*"The Gospel demands that LGBT Catholics be genuinely loved and treasured in the life of the Church. They are not. Martin provides us the language, perspective, and sense of urgency to undertake the arduous but monumentally Christlike task of replacing a culture of alienation with a culture of merciful inclusion."
Review Quote*"Sexuality, gender, and religion-a volatile mix! With this book, Father Martin shows how the Rosary and the rainbow flag can peacefully meet each other. After this must-read book, you'll understand why New Ways Ministry honored Father Martin with its Bridge-Building Award."
Review Quote*"In too many parts of our church, LGBT people have been made to feel unwelcome, excluded, and even shamed. Martin's inspiring new book invites church leaders to minister with more compassion and reminds LGBT Catholics that they are as much a part of our church as any other Catholic."
Review Quote*"Martin discusses how . . . clergy and LGBT laity must genuinely befriend and become known to one another, in the assurance that the Holy Spirit sustains the effort."
Review Quote* "If Martin's book, with its biblical reflections on God's loving creation of us and Jesus' unconditional welcome, can help LGBT people and our families experience and trust God's tenderness, he will have laid the foundation stone for social change and spiritual renewal."
Review Quote*"A major bridge-builder is Father James Martin, S.J., whose new book displays guarded hope for change. . . . Father Martin frames these complex issues in larger contexts, stressing the values of respect, compassion, and sensitivity."