Archbishop to priests: Support Minnesota marriage amendment or be quiet if you disagree

from minnpost.com

Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt has told priests and deacons in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that they must support his efforts to help pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state, according to the blog Progressive Catholic Voice.

Any priests with “personal reservations” about the effort should not share them publicly, the archbishop says in a letter to priests and deacons, which was published by the blog.

In the letter, Nienstedt says it is no exaggeration to say that “the movement to protect and defend the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman we are faced with one of the greatest challenges of our times.”

He says he expects “all the priests and deacons in this Archdiocese” to “support this venture and cooperate with us in the important efforts that lie ahead,” noting that when ordained, each “made a promise to promote and defend all that the Church teaches.”

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4 thoughts on “Archbishop to priests: Support Minnesota marriage amendment or be quiet if you disagree”

  1. Funny, because under the edicts of how the Catholic church is run, I’m pretty sure he can’t do that. One of the reasons that corralling the Catholic church into doing things is so hard is because it’s like herding cats. The leaders of everything from churches, up to Cardinals, are pretty much autonomous. They all have different opinions, all keep their own records in everything from baptisms and weddings to donations and money spent on upkeep of their church.

    So his asking them to either support him or keep quiet, is about as affective as me telling my sister that she should take out the trash. Ultimately I have no real authority over her and exactly what am I going to do to punish her…except tell on her to my dad. Which is, basically, all Archbishop John Nienstedt can do as well.

      1. I’ll have to find the book I was reading. It was a month or so ago, so I can’t remember the name. It’s possibly one of my brother’s as I borrowed several from him when I was taking a religious studies class last semester. (He’s got a BA in Theology).

        Of course I may be mistaken, that’s just what I remember from the reading. And given it was largely a history of Catholocism, that may not be how things work anymore. However, the Catholic church doesn’t exactly change quickly.

        And I think I miss-phrased that first post. It’s not that he CAN’T do it, he can tell them to do whatever he wants, he just can’t enforce any punishments if they do what he said not to.

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