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Uncle Jim’s Neighborhood: Fr. James Martin and Black Liberation Theology

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It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
 – Fred Rogers

It is been a bad year in Fr. James Martin SJ (aka “Uncle Jim”)’s neighborhood, as almost all of Uncle Jim’s neighborly neighbors have run afoul of scandal.

Things have gone from bad to worse for Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, NJ, who had endorsed Fr. Martin’s 2017 manifesto of the new and improved Lavender mafia, Building a Bridge, as “brave, prophetic and inspiring.”

In light of the “Uncle Ted” revelations and the immense (and immensely disgusting) Pittsburgh Grand Jury Report, we, ironically, can see how “prophetic” Fr. Martin’s trumpeting of an un-ironically gay “revolution of tenderness” in the Church has been, for, in fact, such a revolution had already occurred in the seminaries, chanceries and religious orders of the Church long ago.

But Cardinal Tobin was at least being honest in expressing how “inspiring” Building a Bridge has been to him.

In February of this year, His Imminence accidently publicly Tweeted the message, “"Supposed to be airborne in 10 minutes. Nighty-night, baby. I love you," to his “sister.” Following this faux pas, Cardinal Tobin, once again, forgetting that the internet exists, issued a stern letter to his priests informing them that no lavender mafia exists in the Diocese of Newark.

In his letter, the Irish-American prelate even provided a nice Tammany Hall-style threat, telling his priests that “any brother who wishes to share his concerns regarding allegations in the press or personal experience in our local Church” can meet personally with His Lordship.

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Nighty-night and his James-Cagney style tactics, however, are, of course, just one of many of the nuisances in Uncle Jim’s Neighborhood. Fr. Martin is also friends with Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany who has been accused by a former male prostitute of soliciting sex from the prostitute when the prostitute was only 16 years old.

The list of bad neighbors in Fr. James’s Martin’s circle is long—in fact too long—for a Catholic public wearied of lists of weird priests and bishops and their abuser chums, which, unfortunately, continue to grow as each day passes.

But there is someone else among the many queer faces in Uncle Jim’s neighborhood who is often overlooked by Catholics.

Who might this be?

ConeWell, reader, if you guessed the founder of black liberation theology and African Methodist Episcopal pastor, James H. Cone, then you guessed correctly.

On April 28 of this past year Dr. Cone passed from this life and was given a smoochy Tweet from Fr. Martin, who praised Cone as a “great man.”

Upon first glance, it may appear that it would be fitting for a Roman Catholic priest to praise a black minister who advocated equality and civil rights for the black community in America.

Certainly, the teaching of Holy Scripture is that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God and are deserving of charity and love.

However, equality and charity and love were not the goals of Dr. Cone, who in his 1969 magnum opus Black Theology and Black Power wrote:

For white people, God’s reconciliation in Jesus Christ means that God has made black people a beautiful people; and if they are going to be in relationship with God, they must enter by means of their black brothers, who are a manifestation of God’s presence on earth. The assumption that one can know God without knowing blackness is the basic heresy of the white churches. They want God without blackness, Christ without obedience, love without death. What they fail to realize is that in America, God’s revelation on earth has always been black, red, or some other shocking shade, but never white. Whiteness, as revealed in the history of America, is the expression of what is wrong with man. It is a symbol of man’s depravity. God cannot be white even though white churches have portrayed him as white. When we look at what whiteness has done to the minds of men in this country, we can see clearly what the New Testament meant when it spoke of the principalities and powers. To speak of Satan and his powers becomes not just a way of speaking but a fact of reality. When we can see a people who are controlled by an ideology of whiteness, then we know what reconciliation must mean. The coming of Christ means a denial of what we thought we were. It means destroying the white devil in us. Reconciliation to God means that white people are prepared to deny themselves (whiteness), take up the cross (blackness) and follow Christ (black ghetto).

Wow! White devils!

That doesn’t sound very neighborly.

(As a side note, for his efforts, Dr. Cone was rewarded with an endowed chair at Union Theological Seminary—by a group of white devils).

Why would the very pale-faced Fr. Martin praise such a man?

Isn’t Uncle Jim himself a white devil?

Perhaps, if we take a look around Uncle Jim’s neighborhood we might see exactly why he would want a neighbor such as Dr. James Cone.

Virtue signaling and endorsing all kinds of radical and even racist political causes célèbres seems to be the “get out jail free” card for abusers, enables, and their weird friends like Fr. James Martin SJ.

Pope “Who am I to judge” Francis, who had appointed Fr. Martin to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, has been on the forefront of condemning Western countries for the absurd and wicked white devil desire to protect themselves from being quite literally wiped out by crisis-level migration.

Fr. Martin’s pal, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who may end up pulling a Cardinal Bernard Law “Roman Holiday” sometime soon, made sure that although his dioceses were plagued by gay pedophiles, they certainly would not include any white devil “racists.”

Finally, America Magazine, Fr. Martin’s journalistic home base, has featured the work of Olga Segura (not a white devil) who has argued for Catholic support of the George Soros-funded terrorist organization Black Lives Matter.

And we can be sure that George Soros’s money was in no way involved with the writing of Segura’s article.

Why do Catholics who argue for, support, and/or participate in sexual degeneracy insist on the humiliation and destruction of the poor white devils?

Is it necessary to have both a quirky gay neighbor and a racist one in Uncle Jim’s neighborhood?

Perhaps, in the end, the Catholic left is stuck with the “Bill Clinton problem.” With lives plagued with support for and/or participation in sexual degeneracy, left wing Catholics must cling to some form of morality to salve their consciences.

In our clown world, the idées du jour to which the Catholic left clings to counterbalance their sexual immorality just so happen to be gross and stupid things like climate change awareness, open borders, and hating white devils.

As faithful Catholics, we know who the real devils are, those who destroy the lives of children and young men through sexual abuse and scandalize the faithful by covering for such abusers, and we can only hope that, as the terrible revelations continue to come forward, the real devils will be exorcised from our Church.

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