Vatican priest James Martin: Some gays were saint, some saints were gay

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Pope Francis (C) and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (L) arrive to celebrate the Vesper prayer in the Church of San Gregorio al Celio, in central Rome on October 5, 2016. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

A Catholic priest has hit back at homophobes by saying that some saints probably were gay. James Martin hit back homophobic comments on Facebook writing that considering the high percentage of gay people in the overall population it was highly likely for some saints to be gay as well. Martin was appointed by Pope Francis last month as a new consultant to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication. After Martin posted a link to an article about an LGBT Catholic gathering, one user replied with a comment stating: “Any canonised saints would not be impressed.” The priest replied that going to heaven one will probably meet a lot of LGBT men and women. Some supported such a view, others radically opposed it. One user wrote: “It’s hard to believe how many Judas [sic] I’m starting to see in the church, but then again… the bible warn[ed] us about it.” Others claimed that while some saints may well have been attracted to people of the same sex, since they were in heaven they “died in a state of grace, meaning they were not engaging in homosexual acts”.

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