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Building a Bridge Audiobook

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

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The New York Times best-selling 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 SJ 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 road map 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.

©2017 James Martin, SJ (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Lloyd Flores Visalia, CA, US 06-19-17
    Lloyd Flores Visalia, CA, US 06-19-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally"

    I do love the Jesuits and wish I was a couple of years younger to join the brothers.
    Again not surprising an open mind. The book has added to my ministry working with LGBT police and fire officers.

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    A. Chan 07-18-17
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    "Insightful and Provoking"

    Father Martin addresses an issue that has for too long been ignored and a group that continues to be vilified. He reminds us to act like Jesus and minister to the marginalized.

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    "Worth a read. Important topic."

    Essentially the essay I read a while ago by Father Martin. Great insight and compassion. I'd imagine that LGBT Catholics may find it weak sauce, but it's a thoughtful general audience book.

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