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

Friday, November 09, 2012

A priest and a bishop walked into a...

Tegeder and Nienstedt.

I do not know either man personally - I only know what I read.  Fr. Tegeder is a well known 'disident-type' priest in this Archdiocese.  He is pastor of a Native American parish in town, which accounts for his long hair - I may be mistaken but the long hair is more a statement of inculturation than an emblem of the man's activism.  His deacon has grown his hair out as well, since being assigned to the parish.  I've never been to the parish but I'm told it is very Native American in style and ritual - something the patron saint of the place, St. Kateri left behind when she embraced Catholicism.  But that is another post.

Fr. Tegeder does not accept Church teaching on homosexuality and same sex marriage - that is well known.  After the elections he wrote a letter suggesting Archbishop Nienstedt resign, since the Archbishop encouraged Catholics to vote yes on the Marriage Amendment, which would have protected marriage from being redefined to allow same sex couples to legally marry.  What follows is Fr. Tegeder's request:
“As a priest of the Archdiocese I would ask our Archbishop, John Nienstedt, to prayerfully consider stepping down from his office,” the letter states. “It would be healing for our state and our church and would show some magnanimity on his part.” - Star Tribune
I get the feeling Fr. Tegeder does not like his Archbishop.  I trust the Archbishop can handle that.

The Archbishop was not defeated - the marriage amendment was.  The Archbishop did what he could and will continue to lead faithful Catholics, as he was ordained to do.
The archdiocese posted a statement on its website Wednesday, lamenting the outcome of the amendment:
“Minnesota’s voters have spoken. Although the defeat of the amendment is a very serious concern to us, it will not deter us from continuing to serve this community and the whole state in pursuit of the common good. We are grateful to the thousands of Minnesotans, particularly those who lent their support to Minnesota for Marriage, for their commitment to proactively protect the timeless definition of marriage.”
“The Church’s public advocacy of support for the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment has always been rooted in our commitment to advance the common good for human society. This is the same spirit that guides the Church’s unwavering pursuit of economic justice, healthcare and immigration reform, and the defense of human life and dignity from conception to natural death.
“We proposed, and continue to do so, that the good of society is best served by maintaining the traditional understanding of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. This proposition finds its intelligibility in the order of reason and in the testimony of the Bible.
“The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis will continue to build up this community according to our principles, including giving voice and unwavering defense to the unborn, the poor and forgotten, the abused and the lonely. And we will continue to work to strengthen marriage, and defend it against all forms of its weakening, for the good of all society. We can do nothing less than continue to propose and do our best to live out what we believe.”  - Star Tribune
Remember and keep this in mind, friend and foe alike:  The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment was defeated - Not the Archbishop and the priests and bishops and faithful in communion with him.  Neither was the Church or the Gospel of Christ defeated, nor will Church teaching be changed or silenced because of any political or cultural shift. 

I also have no reason to believe, nor do I expect that the Archbishop would ever resign or fail to uphold the truth of the Gospel in response to a recalcitrant priest's suggestion.


  1. My disgust with the priests and bishops grows deeper every day. On one side you have the dissidents and on the other side you have the Church which does nothing about them.

    So he was "punished" for being so vocal against Church teaching by being sent to a small inner-city parish?

    Guess what? He's still getting his salary, his free medical, and money is being poured into his pension, while he destroys the souls of the faithful.

    What's up with that?

    1. I think Tegeder is looking for a showdown. I have a feeling he will get it.

  2. I thought that Bp. Piche already gave that parish the smackdown and eradicated elements that were inappropriate for Mass?


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