Two Priests Offer Spiritual and Social Responses to the Orlando Shooting | Bondings 2.0

The Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub has prompted many, many statements and gestures of solidarity with the LGBT community.  In the Catholic press, two priests have penned essays worth reading which address Catholic dimensions to this tragedy.  Jesuit Father James Martin offers spiritual advice to LGBT people, as a response to the message of hate that the shooting sent out.  Claretian Father Paul Keller gives advice to the institutional problems in the Catholic Church that this incident has highlighted.

In an essay for America, entitled “Reflections on Pride,” Martin offers five bits of advice to those who have been negatively impacted by the Orlando shooting.  First, he reminds LGBT people, particularly youth:

Fr. James Martin

Fr. James Martin

“. . . [R]emember that you were created by God. Psalm 139 says about God, ‘For it was you who formed my inward parts. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works.’

The Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub has prompted many, many statements and gestures of solidarity with the LGBT community.  In the Catholic press, two priests have penned essays worth reading which address Catholic dimensions to this tragedy.  Jesuit Father James Martin offers spiritual advice to LGBT people, as a response to the message of hate that the shooting sent out.  Claretian Father Paul Keller gives advice to the institutional problems in the Catholic Church that this incident has highlighted.

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