In a thread posted on X, formerly Twitter, Martin described how he recently blessed a friend and his 'husband' as a couple following the instructions given in the controversial Vatican declaration Fiducia Supplicans.
'Fr. Shannon and Fr. Sean accept the limitations placed on their ministry, and pray that a swift resolution to this difficulty may be found so the Missionaries and their community in formation may continue to serve faithfully the Church and minister to the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes.'
'Here we have intrinsically sinful behavior... being promoted by a Superintendent to all Catholic teachers, urging them to watch this immoral propaganda play,' Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Coalition told LifeSiteNews.
The bishop called blessing irregular couples and same-sex couples 'a grave abuse of the Most Holy Name of God, which is invoked upon an objectively sinful union of fornication, adultery, or even worse, homosexual activity.'
The British Confraternity of Catholic Clergy stated that its text had been issued as a response to 'widespread confusion over Catholic doctrine on same-sex unions and sexual behaviour outside of marriage.'