The Archbishops has consistently been on the front lines in defense of marriage.
Twin Cities Roman Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt and several other faith leaders gathered Tuesday on the steps of the State Capitol to encourage Minnesota voters to support the proposed amendment on the November ballot that would limit marriage to only between a man and a woman.
"I ask all Minnesotans to join us to vote yes on November 6th," Nienstedt said in a rare public declaration on the issue. "This is wonderful sight, to see clergy from ... so many different churches, come together and show their support for our basic understanding of marriage as a union between one man and one woman." StarTribune
The Archbishop said the proposed amendment isn't about forcing religious teachings on non-believers.Vote YES.
"This is a positive affirmation, not intended to be hurtful or discriminatory to anyone. Our understanding of marriage between a man and a woman predates any government, or in fact, any religious denomination." - MPR
I appreciate, admire, and support the Archbishop wholeheartedly. He has approached the issue with dignity, deep understanding and charity, as well as firm resolve and determination to uphold Christian teaching and moral law. As the local ordinary of Minnesota Catholics, he is authorized to guide the faithful in faith and morals. He avoids controversy and empty show and teaches authentically and clearly, without political prejudice.
Sadly, some seek to politicize his involvement and seem to equate patriotism and partisanship with the faith. Others believe he is not strong enough. Opponents accuse him of bigotry and homophobia. The Archbishop is misunderstood and misrepresented in both cases. As he noted in a homily recently:
"Just as some misread the intention of upholding traditional marriage, so some hear these words (Archbishop's emphasis) about compassion and respect for persons with same sex attraction also as a thinly veiled code suggesting compromised teaching and a weak position. But both are the teaching of Christ, who indeed calls us to love one another as he loves us..." - Homily for 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2012The Archbishop urges us to vote Yes for the marriage amendment...
Because: “Our effort to support God’s unchanging plan for marriage is not a campaign against anyone, but rather a positive effort to promote the truth about marriage as a union between one man and one woman,”To be sure, the Archbishop has always made it clear that Catholic teaching is "not partisan politics in any way."
“But the reality is that marriage is not ours to redefine, just as another human life is not ours to take. God is both the author of life and the author of marriage. It is this most fundamental understanding of the natural order that animates who we are as Catholics. ... It is also why we fight to defend God’s plan for marriage, because his providence is as clear for what marriage is as it is for the dignity of each human life. ...
“Now, Minnesota for Marriage needs your help to get the message out. We must ensure that Minnesotans know what is at stake and have the correct information about why they should vote ‘Yes’ for the marriage amendment. (Remember that if you leave the ballot box blank, the government votes ‘No’ for you!).” - Homily
"We're not a political force. But we are a religious force. So we think we should be part of the conversation." - Source
Beware false information spread by religious zealots of all stripes and political pundits.
Though some folks may try to convince you otherwise, while others really do act like the people in the photo below, the tactics of the members of the Westboro Baptist 'church' and their ilk is NOT anywhere near what the Catholic Church teaches, approves or endorses, nor is the Archbishop a Fred Phelps type. Don't be fooled.
Prayers for Archbishop Nienstedt and the success of the marriage amendment.
And pray the Rosary every day. Prayer can obtain more than we could ever ask or imagine.