Although former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a practicing homosexual "married" to another man, influential Catholic priest Rev. James Martin, SJ, praised him and congratulated President-elect Joe Biden for picking the "openly gay" Buttigieg to be the next Secretary of Transportation.
"Congratulations to @PeteButtigieg, nominated by @JoeBiden to be Secretary of Transportation," tweeted Fr. Martin on Dec. 16. "If approved, he would be the first openly gay member to serve in a presidential cabinet."
"Another historic step for the #LGBTQ community, whose members have so much to offer the world," he added.
Congratulations to @PeteButtigieg, nominated by @JoeBiden to be Secretary of Transportation. If approved, he would be the first openly gay member to serve in a presidential cabinet. Another historic step for the #LGBTQ community, whose members have so much to offer the world.— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) December 16, 2020
Engaging in homosexual practices and being in a same-sex "marriage" are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Promoting or supporting such actions are also contrary to church teachings.
As reported by LifeSiteNews, Fr. Martin "suggested in November that religious liberty claims by Catholic adoption agencies who refused to place children with homosexual couples was 'a cover for homophobia.'"
Religious liberty should not be used as a cover for homophobia. Do Catholic adoption agencies also seek to exclude couples who are Jewish or Protestant? They too are not "following church teaching," in one case by not believing in Jesus. Why focus only on same-sex couples?... https://t.co/3QXrXVdoxc— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) November 4, 2020
The Catholic Church also opposes adoption of children by homosexuals.
In 2017, Fr. Martin was appointed by Pope Francis as a consultant to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications. In September 2019, Fr. Martin had a private audience with the Pope in the papal library of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.
Fr. Martin frequently lectures around the United States. He is the author of at least 13 books, including Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.