Homophobes spray painted “NO Fags” on the walls of a gay pastoral assistant’s office. Now, a priest has stepped up on Facebook to condemn the act.
“My friend Aaron is a gay man working as a pastoral associate in a parish in California. He has been targeted by Church Militant/St. Michael’s Media and LifeSiteNews.com. The doors of his church have been set on fire, and yesterday the church offices were broken into, and this was spray painted on the wall,” wrote James Martin, a US Jesuit priest, on his Facebook wall.
He continued to express the hardships his friend Aaron had faced while working at the church while openly gay.
“Aaron's tires have been slashed; he has received threatening emails (some 60 over the last two months), including death threats; letters on his car have been left, one saying, ‘Sodomites not welcome in the church.’ One man physically attacked him at the end of Mass, and had to be prevented by other parishioners from hurting him. This is what hate does, especially the kind of hate whipped up online.”
He shared that even the FBI pushing pack at his employment.
“An FBI agent told Aaron, ‘You are a fool to stay at this job.’ Yes, a "’fool for Christ,’ as St. Paul said (1 Cor 4:10), a pastoral associate standing up to the personal vilification directed against him and others, stirred up by these websites.”
Martin closed the post with a call to action for all bishops.
“Our bishops must stand up to this kind of hatred. In 1986 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote, ‘It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church's pastors wherever it occurs.’ We must all take a stand against this.”