Pope Francis discusses LGBT+ rights with Rev. James Martin
Martin is the author of "Building a Bridge," a book about how the Catholic Church should be more accepting of the LGBTQ community.

Pope Francis invited Rev. James Martin, an American Jesuit priest, to meet with him at the Vatican on Monday to discuss LGBT+ Catholics, a move some advocates say is signals support for a priest who has come under fire for calling on Catholics to be more compassionate toward LGBT+ people.

Martin’s 2017 book, “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT+ Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity” provoked criticism from conservative groups for suggesting the Catholic teachings on same-sex attraction are ‘objectively disordered.’

Martin declined to share specific details from the conversation, but did say that it focused mainly on ministry to LGBT+ Catholics, which Francis was happy to talk about. “I brought into that room the joys and the hopes and the struggles and the challenges of LGBT+ Catholics and LGBT+ people worldwide,” he said.

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