In this revised and expanded paperback of his groundbreaking book, Jesuit priest and New York Times bestselling author James Martin makes the surprisingly controversial argument that Catholic leaders should stop seeing the LGBT community as "the other" and instead reach out to them with greater compassion and openness.
This new edition includes a new introduction along with forty percent new material, including stories from LGBT Catholics, and responses to the common questions about ministry to LGBT people. Father Martin turns to three virtues from the Catechism of the Catholic Church—"respect, compassion, and sensitivity"—as a model for how both the Catholic leadership and LGBT Catholics can move together on a "two-way bridge" toward reconciliation and love.
This revolutionary book also includes spiritual and biblical resources for the LGBT community and their families, friends, and allies. Father Martin offers biblical passages, accompanied by meditations and questions for reflection, to help LGBT people find their place in the church and enter into a deeper relationship with God. Building a Bridge is a compassionate book desperately needed in today’s climate of divisiveness.
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About the Author
Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication, and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life with the Saints, which Publishers Weekly named one of the best books of 2006. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in the national and international media, having appeared on all the major networks, and in such diverse outlets as The Colbert Report, NPR's Fresh Air, the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Revised and Expanded Edition 1
Why I'm Writing 14
A Two-Way Bridge 27
Biblical Passages for Reflection and Meditation 109
A Prayer for When I Feel Rejected 167
Questions for Book Groups and Personal Reflection 173
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Briefly, I love this book because it seeks to foster something that there is far too little of today: Dialogue. The fact is that Fr. Jim's book is rooted in an understanding of our common humanity and our common pursuit for love and community. Fr. Jim's book is important because it provides a welcome to LGBTQ people that has for too long not existed with regards to the Catholic Church. Much of the debate around the status of LGBTQ in the Church and, more specifically, the opposition to openly welcoming LGBTQ people is due to a lack of understanding. This lack of understanding is not the fault of any particular side, but rather just the general development of the arc of history. What Fr. Jim's book seeks to do is reset the dialogue and I believe he achieves this. The brevity of the book speaks to how nascent this conversation between the Church's leaders and LGBTQ people is. Where Fr. Jim's book breaks through the most is in regards to his pushing the Church and extended community to "Seeing, naming, and honoring" all the gifts that LGBTQ people possess and are already sharing with their communities of faith. He further carries this message by asserting that LGBTQ people are "beloved children of God" and he constantly reminds the reader of the call to treat LGBTQ people with "respect, compassion, and sensitivity." In essence, I believe Fr. Jim is calling Catholic leaders and the LGBTQ community to meet each other on this metaphorical bridge that Martin has helped to construct. It's worth noting that Fr. Martin is not the first to this conversation, but rather he's next in a long line of priests, members of the hierarchy, theologians, and lay people who have been advocating for the Church to more fully live out its message as a welcoming and affirming community that celebrates the full breadth of God's creative power. Our Church, the LGBTQ community, and the world would be a better place if the Church and the LGBTQ community began to dialogue in a richer and more person-centered way. As a member of the LGBTQ community who was raised Roman Catholic, this book does so much good by opening a conversation and providing both Church leaders and the LGBTQ community with a reference point that seeks to foster mutual "respect, compassion, and sensitivity." I applaud Fr. Jim for his effort and pray that this will be the first of many attempts to foster greater understanding and appreciation for the gifts of LGBTQ people. Disclosure: I purchased this through Amazon.
Great. Clarified many points and created a path to dialogue.
Rev. James Martin humanizes the LGBT experience by providing solid foundation for discussion between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church. He illustrates how being a member of both communities is possible and that the two are not mutually exclusive. Using the terms "compassion, sensitivity, and respect," Martin displays authentic Catholic teaching. As a member of both communities, I found the latter portion of this book to bring about much healing and inspiration. For allies and non-LGBT individuals, this book will exhibit how to best relate to their LGBT sisters and brothers.
I was expecting a lot from this book - Fr. Martin has built an almost cult-like following based on talking a reconciliatory tone toward the LBGT community on behalf of the Catholic Church. But this book seems to ignore both church teaching, and the efforts of the church to reach out and welcome the community in order to foster more of an "I'm on your side"mentality. It's great that a popular Jesuit with extensive media credentials looks to "build a bridge" between these two seemingly disparate and separated groups, but if this book represents his best effort to achieve his lofty goal, it seems he, and some followers (apparently his fans at New Ways Ministries), think the way to do this is by pointing to their interpretations of where the Church is wrong. By the end, this book left me feeling less hopeful for the reconciliation Fr. Martin says is his goal, as he clearly sides with those in opposition to Church teaching as opposed to looking to find a third way bridging the differences.