Concerned members of the Diocese of Richmond contacted us last week about an organist in the employ of the diocese who is currently involved in a homosexual “marriage” as well as actively engaging in public homosexual activism on social media. Christopher Martin, an organist in the employ of the diocese, is currently involved in a homosexual “marriage” as well as actively engaging in public homosexual activism on social media.
Martin is the regular assisting organist for Saint Bridget Catholic Church and also performs at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. According to Martin’s bio, posted on the St. Bridget Catholic Church website, “Chris is a regular assisting organist for 5:30 P.M. Masses at Saint Bridget, and frequently accompanies the Saint Bridget Choirs both in the liturgy and for concerts.”
On December 13, just twelve days before Christmas, Martin served as the organist at the Richmond Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for a performance of Advent Lessons and Carols. This is just one example of many performances he has given at the Cathedral.
Of note to those paying attention to the recent scandal at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, which had planned to allow the use of sacred space for the “ordination/consecration” of a female Episcopalian “bishop,” (thankfully, the event was moved to another location) Christopher Martin gave a performance there in 01 May 2019.
Clearly, Martin’s work for the Diocese of Richmond is not a minor matter, which is why members of the diocese are scandalized by his “marriage” to another man and his public homosexual activism.
Mr. Martin recently posted an anniversary picture proclaiming his “marriage” of 4 years to another man on Facebook.
He also posted on Facebook about his involvement in a June 2019 “pride walk” in Richmond. The photo shows him with his “husband” at the event.
This scandal is compounded by the fact that the Diocese of Richmond was recently embroiled in a lawsuit for terminating another diocesan employee involved in a homosexual “marriage.” In 2016 a diocesan spokeswoman rightly explained, “as a Catholic organization, we expect the employees of the diocese and its ministries to uphold and embody the consistent values and truths of the Catholic faith, including those preserving the sanctity of marriage.” The lawsuit by the terminated employee was eventually dismissed by a federal judge.
We agree wholeheartedly with the Diocese of Richmond’s previous statement about the scandal caused by employees that do not embody the timeless truth of the Catholic faith. By all accounts, Mr. Martin is an excellent organist of some renown, but the Church cannot proclaim truth on one hand and turn a blind eye to falsehood on the other.
A divorce between teaching and practice causes true scandal and can very well lead souls astray. It is not a mercy, despite the howling of Fr. James Martin, America Magazine and homosexualist pressure groups such as New Ways Ministry.
We reached out to the communications office at the Diocese of Richmond and gave a generous time-frame for a response to three simple questions:
- Is there currently a policy in the diocese barring the employment of same-sex “married” individuals?
- Is the diocese aware of this employee’s same-sex “marriage”?
- If the diocese was not aware before and is now, will the diocese terminate his employment?
So far we have been met with silence. Will the diocese react with courage as they did five years before? Or will they succumb to the growing climate of homosexualist pressure?
Your voice is important, even if you do not live in the Diocese of Richmond. We cannot let the homosexualist pressure groups and influencers be the only voice heard in chanceries across the country. Please call or write the diocese and respectfully ask that they stand up for Catholic teaching and end this scandal.
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