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MN Archdiocese sending anti-gay marriage DVD to 800,000 parishioners

Monday, September 20, 2010

Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, announced Monday that every Catholic in the state will be mailed a DVD defending marriage as between one man and one woman.


It’s the latest effort to “rally the troops” around the Church’s position on the same-sex marriage just six weeks before Election Day.

Nienstedt appears at the beginning of the eight-minute video, which was prepared by the Knights of Columbus, and will be mailed to the state’s 800,000 Catholics on Wednesday, paid for by a large donation. [KSTP-TV]

“Our target is basically our Catholic people,” Archbishop Nienstedt said in an interview. “To remind them of what we believe and why we believe it and why it’s so important that they believe it.”

Nienstedt’s action is part of a larger effort by Minnesota Catholic bishops to influence the November gubernatorial election. Candidates for Minnesota governor Mark Dayton (DFL) and Tom Horner (IP) support legalizing gay marriage; Tom Emmer (R) does not.

“Traditional marriage is suffering attacks,” Bishop John Quinn of Winona wrote in a diocese newsletter last week, and “the most threatening now are efforts to legalize ‘same sex’ or ‘gay’ marriage, that is, marriage between two men or between two women.”

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5 more reader comments:

  1. If you want to fight this kind of behavior from your catholic leaders, I urge you to hit them where it hurts, the collection plate. Put your DVD in the collection plate with a note saying they’ve received the last of your hard earned money until this “leader” is deposed.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 10:24am
  2. i wish there was a like button for that comment^

    Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 12:37pm
  3. There has to be some way to expose who the anonymous special donor is. Some DA should apply the statutes against this political money-laundering by the bishop.

    Posted on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 11:17am
  4. They are sending it to Catholic parishioners. They are reinforcing what the Church teaches and I hardly think that qualifies as an attack. Remember? This is America and people are free to believe as they wish.

    Posted on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 11:54am
  5. By all means Marco, that way we can stop free speech (that you don’t agree with)

    Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 6:28pm