A Priest’s Book Stirs the Faithful
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Published in: November-December 2017 issue.


Editor’s Note: The original “roundtable” had three participants, all of whom contacted me in the same week clamoring to review a new book by James Martin titled Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity. The onslaught persuaded me to cover this book, though three pieces proved too many for this “religiously unmusical” editor, so the upshot is a kind of review and response. Donald L. Boisvert had submitted a review that was quite critical of Martin’s book, while Brian Bromberger proposed a defense of it, having interviewed the author in early summer. So it seemed logical to share Boisvert’s critique with Bromberger so as to allow the latter to comment.


Nothing Has Changed

Donald L. Boisvert

IT TOOK ME a little over an hour to read James Martin’s long-awaited Building a Bridge, and several days to figure out what was wrong with it. It is a book full of good intentions. But in fact, something sticky and almost insulting lurks within this short book.

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