Wednesday, October 19, 2011

So, we can start taxing the Mormon Catholic Church now, right?

There's an article in the StarTribune that you might have a look at. It describes a massive effort by Minnesota's Roman Catholic bishops to pass a law sanctioning discrimination.

Minnesota's Roman Catholic bishops are taking the unusual step of urging parish priests across the state to form committees to help get the proposed marriage amendment passed by voters in 2012.

"It is imperative that we marshal our resources to educate the faithful about the church's teachings on these matters, and to vigorously organize and support a grass-roots effort to get out the vote to support the passage of this amendment," Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt wrote in a letter to his priests dated Oct. 4.

The letter asks parish priests to "appoint a captain or co-chairs to lead a special parish ad hoc committee to spearhead this effort."


Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, said the state's other bishops are expected to send out similar letters, "if they haven't already done so."

"We believe it [marriage] is a vital social institution, and it's under attack in the courts, the Legislature and the culture," Adkins said. "And it would have profound consequences if marriage is in fact redefined. That's why we're putting extraordinary resources toward making sure this marriage amendment gets passed."

Emph. added.

And there was this, last year:

Minnesota's Catholic bishops made another unorthodox move before last fall's legislative elections when they mailed DVDs to nearly 400,000 Catholics across the state, with a message encouraging them to support a state amendment defining marriage between a man and woman.

Shoutout to Rev. Mike Tegeder, who …

... said he spoke up against the effort at a meeting of priests and the archbishop this week.

Tegeder, a frequent critic of Archbishop Nienstedt's policies, said he believes the letter calling for parishes to form committees to organize a get-out-the-vote effort is "imprudent" and "divisive."

"There's all kinds of wonderful ways to promote marriage, which I do on a regular basis and other churches are doing," he said. "You don't promote marriage by taking away the rights of a small segment of the population, many of whom are not Catholic or have no connection to the Catholic Church."

Emph. added.

If you'd like to kick in some bucks to help preserve equality and civil rights, Freedom to Marry invites you to click the button below. If you're a Roman Catholic parishioner in Minnesota, you might also think about the money you're giving to your church and where it's going.

Freedom to Marry: 'Stop the Hate in Minnesota/Donate Now'


Don McArthur said...

Curious stance for a Gay Men's cult to take.

bjkeefe said...

It's not a gay cult. It's an exclusive pederasts' society.