Father Martin offers up a small, easily readable book which, for all the furor it’s raised in certain sectors of the Catholic Church, is actually remarkably tame. There is nothing scandalous here, just one priest’s sharing of his most effective ideas for reaching out to certain groups of marginalized Catholics.
In fact, I found myself wondering if Fr. Martin might not be offering us a blueprint for the various other deep divisions facing our society these days. All he’s really advocating here is for two sides to listen to each other, make some attempt at dialogue, and to have the patience to let them work through whatever issues they have to work through. He offers no answers, only a process and a Christ-like pastoral vision.