Fr. James Martin on the Need to Protect Refugee and LGBT Lives

Fr. James Martin is a Jesuit priest and editor at large at America. A prominent figure on social media, Fr. Martin can frequently be found on various platforms defending the life and dignity of all people, particularly the marginalized and vulnerable. He is the author of many popular books, including his latest, Learning to Pray, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey With the Refugees of East Africa, and Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.

In this episode, he discusses the threats faced by members of the LGBT community and why this constitutes a life issue, the seamless garment, the plight of refugees and his time in East Africa, the culture of vitriol on social media (and beyond), and the different approaches taken by Pope Francis and the US Catholic Bishops on life issues. Co-hosts Kristen Day and Millennial editor Robert Christian discuss the War in Ukraine, a recent Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty and religious liberty, and pro-life efforts at the state level, while offering their responses to the question of the month: how did you become a pro-life Democrat?

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