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.
“Brave, prophetic, and inspiring.”
—Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark
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Building a Bridge: Revised and Expanded
The revised and expanded paperback edition of Building a Bridge includes almost 40% new material, featuring a new introduction that answers the most common questions and critiques about the book. It also includes more facts and statistics to help us understand the LGBT experience, especially regarding violence, suicide, and bullying, and more biblical meditations and reflection questions to help everyone deepen their relationship with God and one another. Most of all, it includes more stories from LGBT Catholics who invite us all to listen and learn. (3:35)
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