It is no secret he dissents from Church teaching and speaks out against Archbishop Nienstedt - especially concerning Catholic teaching on sexuality. He is one of the subjects of a local publication speaking out against Nienstedt and the Minnesota Bishops support of an amendment to the constitution to safeguard traditional marriage. It strikes me that Tegeder may have something "on" the Archdiocese - some dirt perhaps? Consider this statement for example:
"Nienstedt is just so rigid about these things," Tegeder continues, growing animated. "But, you know — just let go of it. What are we trying to defend? Marriage? Has the Catholic Church protected marriage? I mean, [Nienstedt] has a priest who impregnated one of his staff members, broke up their marriage, and the guy's still functioning! ... Why don't we take care of our own issues before we start imposing views onto other people who don't have the same religious beliefs?" - City PagesNot too many people knew about that BTW.
What's more, a friend sent me a list of all the 'gay friendly' - read accommodating - Catholic parishes in the Metro area. Churches with gay friendly pastors as well. It strikes me as inconsistent.
This morning at Mass - the first day of the "Fortnight" nothing was mentioned about the Fortnight. No prayers were offered for the intention. Curiously, the visiting priest-celebrant used different readings and offered Mass in honor of St. Paulinus of Nola - a married bishop BTW. The priest can do that of course, both St. Paulinus and John Fisher/Thomas More are optional memorials - but this priest is from one of the 'gay-friendly' parishes, which made me wonder. Like I've said before - I have yet to hear any marriage prayer from the Archbishop recited at any of the churches I've attended Mass at.
It seems to me the Archbishop is not well supported in his Archdiocese. I would urge everyone to pray for him. He's a courageous man, a good shepherd.
I'm also saddened that Michael Bayly, a local gay activist has taken such an aggressive stand against the Archbishop and Church teaching. The City Pages article concludes with this statement from Bayly:
"I think this whole issue of homosexuality is the last one the bishops still have any sort of control over, and they see that going," Bayly says. "And that's why they're putting up such a huge fight. Because after that's gone, there's nothing left in the realm of sexuality that people will listen to them about." - City PagesI'm not pretending when I say that makes me sad - I continue to pray for him, no matter what. Not for this or that to happen - but simply that he will be sanctified and saved.