See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mass chat: Archbishop Nienstedt leads the battle for the pro-marriage vote.



It was in yesterday's paper:  Minnesota's Bishops say amendment that would ban gay marriage is a top issue in 2012 election.
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Archbishop Nienstedt is in the forefront of this struggle and is wasting no time:
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.
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"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.
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The letter asks parish priests to "appoint a captain or co-chairs to lead a special parish ad hoc committee to spearhead this effort."
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Coming more than one year ahead of the November election, the move is the latest sign of the early intensity surrounding the amendment to change the state's Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
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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."
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"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." - StarTribune
 So far no calls have come for a committee or chairperson to spearhead a grass roots group in my parish, although my pastor, who is very much on board with the Bishops on this issue, has been writing about Church teaching and the definition of marriage in the weekly bulletins.  Therefore, I expect some form of committee will indeed be organized sooner or later.
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I applaud the courage and leadership of the Archbishop in leading this battle, while providing such excellent catechesis and direction in the process, amidst such opposition.  My prayers for the bishops and the priests and lay faithful who support Church teaching and labor to safeguard traditional marriage and family life.

6 comments:

  1. So many of us can't get off our behinds unless someone rounds us all up and says, "Okay, here's what we're gonna do." We don't care or we're lazy or we lack courage. Without someone to stand with us and lead us into the fray, we tend to hang out on the sidelines, where we certainly do hope our side wins--we're rooting for 'em, right? And wow, this is so me much more often than I care to admit.

    So praise God for Archbishop Neinstedt--I don't know what we ever did to deserve him. Maybe nothing, yet. But he is Godly, courageous, and a true leader. By directing the local church to form committees and make plans, he is enabling us to stand together so we don't have to face the enemy alone. Not only that, but for the clueless (me again) those plans will guide our combined efforts more effectively--like battle plans. The Archbishop is right out front leading the charge!

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  2. Thanks Ronnie - you are right - we need such leadership since there are so many contrary voices with convincing rhetoric to persuade us otherwise. The sheep need a shepherd during a storm and we have a dynamic one. God bless!

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  3. Great that you posted this Terry

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  4. Theresa G9:18 PM

    Ronnie,

    I fully agree with you.

    I believe I know you. Did you work at the same place Terry worked? If so, I know you, and I think that is a blessing.

    Hi!

    God Bless,
    Theresa

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  5. Hi Theresa! I remember you! God bless you too!

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  6. Theresa! Hi back! And yep, I worked in the call center there. You, too? How cool is it to reconnect in Terry's comm box!? God bless you and yours. :D

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