Fr. James Martin's new book is message for respect between Church, LGBT

Martin, who wrote "Building a Bridge," wants there to be more understanding between the Catholic Church and LGBT Catholics.
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Transcript for Fr. James Martin's new book is message for respect between Church, LGBT
Finally tonight at this catholic church a priest who practices what he preaches. Here's my co-anchor Dan Harris. Jorge knows firsthand what it means to be a part whof what seems like two very separate worlds, the lbgt community and the catholic church. At the church of St. Paul in new York City he works in lgbt out reach. While this church may be Progressive, that is not the case across the country. But a conversation is gipinbeginning. I think there a's real need for lgbt catholics to feel welcome in the church and they have not. It's an attempt to bring the church. Father James martin has written a new book called "Building a bridge." You want to build a bridge. How do you do that? Respect, compassion and sensitivity. That goes for both sides. But the onus is really on the institutional church because it's the institutional church that has made the lgbt catholics feel so marginalized. A wake up happened with the massacre in Orlando Florida, the largest mass shooting in America. 49 people were killed and yet only a handful of bishops spoke out and fewer still used the words guy or lgbt. It revealed to me a certain lack of participation in that part of our church and society. You say this has to be a two way street and you call on members of the lgbt community to be respectful. For some people in this community that is a tough pill to swallow because they've been on the receivingen end of what they feel is zrigdiscrimination. I make it clear the burden is on the church, but lgbt catholics are Christians -- They do not want to hear anything about welcoming lgbt people. Unfortunately a lot of approximate T is motivated by home phobia and fear. Do you have optimism that this bridge can be built? Absolutely. There are people who are lgbt catholics who are members of their perish communities and who are welcome. There are places across this country where it's happening already. It's just a question of trying to get people in the institutional church to see that these are their brothers and sisters. Once we have people on both sides who are willing to I guess compromise, then I think we'll see it a bit easier for both to co-exist. This is Dan Harris in new York. That's indeed why we build bridges.

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