Michael Hichborn responds to Fr. James Martin's Blasphemy
Michael Hichborn | The Daily Knight
It is our pleasure at The Daily Knight to have the below response from Michael Hichborn, Lepanto Institute.
Fr. James Martin, SJ has a long history of bucking Catholic teaching on matters of sexual morality. His long-time defense of homosexuality and transgenderism has gone as far as telling a male homosexual couple, “I do hope in ten years you’ll be able to kiss your partner, or, you know, soon to be your husband [during Mass]. Why not?” Now, he continues to push blasphemy.
But one of the lesser-criticized errors among the many links of the chain of damnation he has collected for himself is to refer to God in the feminine. In 2017, for instance, Martin wrote on facebook, "Hope in the Holy Spirit. Things can always improve. And the Holy Spirit knows what She's doing." Most recently, Martin posted a quote from Vickey McBride, who is associated with the heretical organization called FutureChurch. He wrote:
Preaching for the Second Sunday of Lent, Vickey McBride reflects on everything that changed last Lent and offers a reflection on allowing God to reveal Herself to us:
"You don’t need to be good. You just need to try your best to be receptive, to recognize that God might be trying to reach out to you right where you are. Settle in. Say to God, 'Here I am.' Sit and BE with God and God will let you glimpse Her power." (emphasis added)
No longer satisfied with simply referring to the Holy Spirit in the feminine, Martin and McBride refer to God – inclusive of all three persons – in the feminine.
This trend among the heretical Left of referring to God by a feminine pronoun is intimately connected to the homosexual and transgender agenda and the women’s ordination movement. The two movements are dramatically intertwined, and where one is found, the other is near at hand. In 2016, the “Catholic” LGBT organization Dignity USA expressed disappointment that Pope Francis reaffirmed the Church’s condemnation of women’s ordination. The “Catholic” LGBT organization New Ways Ministry has devoted buckets of ink to the cause of women’s ordination. The Women’s Ordination Conference has numerous articles promoting homosexuality and transgenderism in the Catholic Church. And the heretical Association of United States Catholic Priests has firmly and steadily promoted both homosexuality and women’s ordination.
Since the beginning, God has always revealed Himself as male. The Old Testament refers to God as “Lord.” Our Blessed Lord, the Son of God, always prayed to His Father in Heaven. These two references alone are revelations of the nature of God, given to us by God Himself. Which leaves the Holy Spirit.
In his encyclical letter, Divinum Illud Munus, Pope Leo XIII calls Our Lady the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, referring to the Holy Spirit in the masculine:
Let all Christian peoples add their prayers also, invoking the powerful and ever-acceptable intercession of the Blessed Virgin. You know well the intimate and wonderful relationship existing between her and the Holy Spirit, so that she is justly called His Spouse. (emphasis added)
This, of course, refers back to the fact that Our Lady conceived Our Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit, as revealed to us in the first chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel:
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.”
So, if the Holy Spirit is female in nature, as James Martin and others would have us believe, then necessarily, Our Lady would be a lesbian. Why? Because she is the true Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and a spousal relationship between two women is, by nature, lesbian.
And this is why the heretical Left is so inextricably linked to both the LGBT and women’s ordination agendas. In order to justify homosexuality, James Martin penned a prayer “For When I Feel Rejected” in his book, “Building a Bridge. In this prayer, which is aimed at homosexuals, Martin wrote:
“Loving God, you made me who I am. I praise you and I love you, for I am wonderfully made, in your own image.”
The suggestion here is that not only did God create people as homosexuals, but that because they are made in God’s Image, then God must also be homosexual.
This plays out in the women’s ordination movement and the notion of transgenderism. When the priest on the altar consecrates the bread and wine, calling upon the power of the Holy Spirit, the priest in that very moment is an alter-Christus; another Christ. But in order for a woman to be alter-Christus, either Our Blessed Lord would Himself have to be female in that moment, or the woman posing as a priest would have to be male, in that moment. Whatever the case, what would be happening on the altar would both a transubstantiation and a transgenderation. So, according to the LGBT and women’s ordination movements, it is necessary for Our Lady to be a lesbian and for God to be malleable in His gender.
When one considers the words of Lucifer in the 14th chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah, “I will ascend above the height of the clouds, I will be like the Most High,” one also hears the words of the modern LGBT and women’s ordination movements. It is what lies at the very heart of James Martin’s rainbow-colored standard. What Lucifer is clamoring for, and what the LGBT movement is all about, is the transformation of the nature of things as established by God. Why did Lucifer say he would “become” like the Most High? Because he was not already, so his desire was to be that which he is not. And when Lucifer uttered these words, the response from Michael the Archangel is the meaning of his name; it is the question, “Quis ut Deus?” “Who is like God?” And in saying this, Michael points to Our Lady, through whom Our Lord would become incarnate.
There is nothing more satanic than the trans-movement, for in degrading the human nature to seek after the lie told to Eve in the garden that she would “become like gods,” it also seeks to pervert the nature of God Himself. By referring to God in the feminine, in direct contravention with Divinely Revealed Truth, while marching under the LGBT banner, Fr. James Martin makes clear his alignment with the demonic. But far worse, he insults the Mother of God and blasphemes the Holy Spirit, drawing to mind the sobering words of Our Lord, “it were better for him, if that man had not been born.”