Last updated on: 8/24/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

James Martin, MDiv Biography

Title:
Jesuit Priest and the Consultor for the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

Judy Roberts: “Are you suggesting by this that God made ‘LGBT’ people the way they are?”

James Martin: “Yes. Science and psychology shows that, and most people are finally coming to see that this–for mysterious reasons–is the way they are made. That’s something that’s held by almost every reputable psychologist and biologist. And the ‘LGBT’ people I speak to have always felt that way. Part of it is accepting oneself and accepting this is the way God made you.”

Judy Roberts, “Father James Martin Explains His Vision Regarding ‘LGBT’ Catholics,” ncregister.com, July 10, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
   Media and Academic Journals
Mainstream print, broadcast, radio, and internet media entities such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, Slate.com, Seattlepi.com, etc., as well as influential academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Foreign Policy, etc.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Consultor for the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication, Apr. 2017-present
  • Editor at Large, America
  • Ordained Catholic Priest, June 1999
  • Former Chaplain, Boston prison
  • Joined the Society of Jesuits, 1988
  • Former Accountant, General Electric Co., 1982-1988
Education:
  • MDiv, Theology, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, 1998
  • Studied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, 1990-1992
  • BS, Economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, 1982
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @Jamesmartinsj
Quoted in:
  1. Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?