Archbishop John Nienstedt sent a letter to every priest in the state at the start of October urging them to put every Catholic church in Minnesota to work passing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage....Because after all, two happily married gay people are monstrous threat to children and family, unlike the Roman Catholic hierarchy. Of course, previously, Abp Nienstedt suggested that parents should reject their gay children to save their own souls:
The archbishop said it wants priests in every parish to identify a “church captain” in order to create an “ad hoc committee” in every church in the state. The “church captain” is a component of the Schubert Flint strategy used in 2008′s divisive Proposition 8 battle in California...
Nienstedt wrote [:] “The sanctity of marriage and vital role of the family is at stake. It is a firmly-held teaching of our church that a marriage is a union of a husband and a wife, and that they together are the ones suited to be a father and a mother.”
those who could not agree with "the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality ... ought not participate in the sacramental life of the church." The archbishop added that the mothers' "eternal salvation" could depend on their adopting the church's position on homosexuality.And then of course, there's the Church's stallwart defense of family and children in the Diocese of Kansas City
On Friday, prosecutors in Kansas City, Mo., secured an indictment from a grand jury that alleges Bishop Robert Finn neglected to inform the police for months after discovering "hundreds of disturbing images of children" on a priest's laptop in December 2010, including photographs focused on the crotch, up-skirt pictures and at least one image of a child's naked vagina. The offending priest — Shawn Ratigan — was relieved of his position as a church pastor and transferred to a convent, but neither the police, his parishioners nor parents of students at a nearby Catholic school were informed of the pictures until May 2011. In the interim, Ratigan continued to attend events involving children, including birthday parties and a first communion, and allegedly attempted to take lewd pictures of a 12-year-old girl. Finn and Ratigan have both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.Hypocrites.
UpdateDr Primrose points out that the Episcopal Bishop of MN has come out against the amendment. Similar to what happened in NY and before that in CA, where the contrast between TEC and RC bishops was very striking.
Update 2: yes, this is legal. Churches can campaign on social issues. TEC can campaign pro marriage, and the RC (to their credit) have typically been positive voices for the immigrants. That's not the point. The point is the double standard on children, what it means to campaign to deny non-Catholics their civil rights, and the hypocrisy of logs and motes....