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Minnesota Archbishop wants Catholics to recite prayer opposing gay marriage

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., is calling on Catholics in his diocese to recite a special prayer during mass to promote passage of an anti-gay marriage amendment to the Minnesota state constitution.

John Nienstedt

“Much rides on the success of our struggle to defend marriage,” said Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt, who made the plea in a letter posted on the archdiocese’s website.

To help assist in the strengthening of our state-wide efforts to defend marriage in our civil constitution, I am pleased to offer to your community of faith the enclosed prayer.

Heavenly Father,

Through the powerful intercession of the Holy Family, grant to this local Church the many graces we need to foster, strengthen, and support faith-filled, holy marriages and holy families.

May the vocation of married life, a true calling to share in your own divine and creative life, be recognized by all believers as a source of blessing and joy, and a revelation of your own divine goodness.

Grant to us all the gift of courage to proclaim and defend your plan for marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman in a lifelong, exclusive relationship of loving trust, compassion, and generosity, open to the conception of children.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.

Nienstedt has also asked Catholics of the Archdiocese to “embrace Fridays as a particular day of prayer and sacrifice for the success of this most current struggle to defend marriage with our civil constitution.”

It’s the latest effort by Minnesota church leaders urging Catholics to support passage of the proposed amendment, which calls for a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

In October, Nienstedt urged church pastors to form ad-hoc committees in their parishes to “marshal resources” and “vigorously organize and support a grass-roots effort to get out the vote to support the passage of this amendment.”

Last year, Nienstedt mailed 800,000 Catholic households a DVD defending marriage as between one man and one woman.

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73 more reader comments:

  1. … WTF!

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:12pm
  2. When will someone have the guts to revoke their tax-free status?

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:12pm
  3. Fuck Catholics. ‘Nuff said.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:12pm
  4. Pray for that malicious, gay-bashing rat bastard to die, and start planning right now for the joyous gay dance party to be held on his grave.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:14pm
  5. Well then, we’ll just do a counter prayer. “Dear God, please make these homophobic bigots STFU…amen~”

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:15pm
  6. … yes, lets say a prayer opposing love and devotion and commitment

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:15pm
  7. Yeah, pray for oppression. That’s SUPER “Christian.”

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:15pm
  8. They oppose gay marriage, but not sexual abuse of children….how much credence should we give THEM??

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:15pm
  9. that’s sickening. it makes sick that such people still exist in this world. and worst yet it’s a religion promoting hatred.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:16pm
  10. I am Roman Catholic and this Archbishop is disgusting! When the measure fails, he will know how weak is his god. That god is certainly NOT mine.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:16pm
  11. sooo its ok to fuck little boys…but NOT for 2 adult males…wow

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:16pm
  12. @Bryan Jones: Not all Catholics are like them. My mother is one, and she supports gay marriage.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:16pm
  13. THEY DID THAT IN NEW YORK AND IT DIDNT WORK WHAT THE FUCK MAKES THESE FANATICS THINK GOD WILL ANSWER THEIR DUMBASS PRAYERS?

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:17pm
  14. smh i’m catholic and praying for gay marriage to continue and become legalized in every state

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:18pm
  15. It is time for true separation of Church and State…TAX all religious institutions!

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:18pm
  16. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?!?!

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:19pm
  17. Of course…on this holiday season, one wouldn’t want to pray for anything as silly as world peace, or an end to hunger, or a cure for cancer or anything like that…let’s instead use the power of prayer for hate and ignorance. Seriously, doesn’t the Catholic church have more important things to worry about…like, say, protecting innocent children from its’ clergy members?

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:19pm
  18. I’m Catholic, gay, and VERY disillusioned with the church. They need to change, because we can’t!

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:21pm
  19. Hey look, another reason to revoke their tax-free status

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:23pm
  20. I am 100% Catholic, and I believe in Gay marrige… if gays are destroying marrige how come gay marrige divorce r8 is like 5ish percent and streigt marrige is 51%… Sanctity of marrigemy ass

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:23pm
  21. A group that is deciding to get this involved in politics should be taxed the same as the rest of us.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:26pm
  22. totally agree Bryan Jones. totally. enough is enough. DAMN IT THIS IS OUR COUNTRY!!! most people simply don’t care who marrys who. the few narrow minded, frosty headed, limp dick or dried up old hag politicians who give a damn are past it anyway. that’s why they want to stop others from having it off. cause they never liked having it to begin with. the entire idea sends them trembeling which is more action than they’d ever gotten before. probaby the closest to it. send them back in their “chaste closets for god” lol. sad skin-tags. God created sex himself. even God knows a good time. it’s not dirty. it’s natural. between men/women or women/women or men/men. Sex is a language it’s not dirty. it’s natural. when it’s mutual and consentual. it’s those sad rags that can’t get it up or off that want to stop it. SEE THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:26pm
  23. catholics are a bunch of fucking wankers

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:33pm
  24. Dear Lord, I pray for you to destroy the heretics who use your name in vain and worship idols before you. Smite those who have born false witness and those who harm children. I pray you make firm those who love one another and those who lead with their hearts. Grant us wisdom, as there are some who would have us choose to deny liberty to all, liberty you have already freely given. Amen.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:35pm
  25. Dear Lord, that Jeff Moore guy has the right idea, you should listen to him

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:41pm
  26. One more example of christians whom make a mockery of the voice of their leader

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:41pm
  27. It’s as if the Pope has swapped the Blood of Christ for a big glass of haterade.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:41pm
  28. god doesn’t exist, so let these pious morons have their fun

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:42pm
  29. Okay, Jonathan, keep comments like that to yourself. I know the freedom of speech comes into place, but most of us are religious and don’t need your anti-religious slander.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:47pm
  30. Being gay isn’t against the Bible. No where I the Bible does it say 2 men or 2 women can’t marry. Seriously!

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:50pm
  31. The catholic church is the crown jewel of hypocracy.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:54pm
  32. “anti-religious slander”? I’m sorry for putting my faith in empirical evidence and not a nonexistent man in the sky

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:54pm
  33. will the gay catholiics obey?

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11:01pm
  34. Austin, voicing ones opinion that denies a belief in God is not slander, nor is Jonathan’s assertion that this Minnesota Archbishop is a moron, rather it appears to be an astute observation.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11:05pm
  35. Gays want everyone to recite prayers opposing the Archbishop of Minnesota

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11:11pm
  36. way to spread Jesus’ love there Archbishop!

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11:14pm
  37. I’m all for a prayer every mass that goes like this
    “Dear Father, let this priest not molest my child today. I come to Church to seek your love Father and ask that you protect my child from this the priest who will now give mass. Let us pray to calm the priests’ temptations of touching my child, until we the public leave this mass. Amen”

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11:22pm
  38. Time to yank Rome’s tax-exempt status!

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11:39pm
  39. They should save that prayer for their own Catholic priests in the Netherlands who are now found to be molesting for the past 65 years.

    Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11:49pm
  40. Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11:52pm
  41. Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 12:01am
  42. I’m glad he’s doing this. He is making obvious attempts to force people to do what he wants them to do in an attempt to control them only making him look more controlling and turning more people away! The more you tell people what to do, the more they rebel! Keep digging that pathway to your own demise and the demise of your religeon mr. Bishop!

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 12:19am
  43. I think it’s funny that they are praying for gay marriage to be banned yet it is stated in the prayer “the union of one man and one woman in a lifelong, exclusive relationship of loving trust, compassion, and generosity”
    Now why are they not praying to oppose divorce? Or to ensure, BEFORE MARRIAGE, that “one man and one woman” truly want to be married for a lifetime?”
    I’ll be willing to bet that, if given the chance for marriage, there will be far less gay divorces than there will straight divorces.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 1:26am
  44. Pray that his altar boys come forward with allegations…

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 1:28am
  45. No problem – then we can all pray in public that priests will no longer molest children.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 1:43am
  46. Loyalty oath. Emblematic of McCarthyite paranoia (and subsequent persecution).

    To all conscientious Roman Catholics (gay and straight), I say: “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!”

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 3:11am
  47. Doesn’t he have some child to molest, and blame on the gays. Sick man, from an intrinscally evil, and morally disorinented church.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 5:34am
  48. The are getting crazier every day! How about a special prayer to oppose pedophelia in the clergy?

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 5:49am
  49. Do they speak gods words or the words of Satan

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 6:11am
  50. Why don’t they recite a prayer for all the children who were abused by priests and and another praying for forgiveness for their HATE and BIGOTRY of anyone and anything which questions their self proclaimed piety? …and BTW I was raised Catholic. Nothing worse that an Italian Roman Catholic household…well I hear an Irish Roman Catholic household is right up there too.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 6:26am
  51. I think this man is so in the closet he is really going to regret this whole anti marriage thing when he meets Mr.Right.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 6:38am
  52. probably gay himself homophobia at its best!

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 6:42am
  53. Clean up your own house first and stop abusing children as a worldwide practice and then covering it up!

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 6:57am
  54. This is quite amusing. Praying to a non-existent deity against a social right that will happen no matter if all 7 billion people on this planet join in. This is the ultimate in a waste of time. Those who join in are deluding themselves. How’s that denial of reality workin’ for ya.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 7:08am
  55. People who tell other people to keep their opinions about the non-existance of god to themselves- by not allowing them to voice their beliefs and opinions your no better than the people trying to keep gays from having any rights and a voice in this country. I personally don’t believe in god but I don’t not believe in god either, if that makes sense. If he’s real, great. If not, then oh well.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 7:31am
  56. And they wonder why so many have left the church?

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 7:42am
  57. oh crap! does it never end with the catholic church???

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 7:44am
  58. (No offense to all my catholic friends) but this is coming from a guy who believes he is eating the real flesh of Christ and actually drinking his blood during communion. Why should anyone take him seriously other than vampires!?

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 7:51am
  59. To the people telling others to stop with the religious slander…It is their God given right to say how they feel and to voice their opinion. In a previous comment I admitted to being raised a Roman Catholic in an Italian family. I believe in God, Jesus Christ and that’s just about where it ends. The rest is IN MY OPINION, organized religious bull shit and unless you can prove me wrong with positive proof I wuill never back down. Now, this is my opinion just as an athesist or whomever has theirs.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 8:50am
  60. Why dont they just pray for themselves! They need it!

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 9:18am
  61. This is SO DUMB. I’m Catholic and when I came out, my parents made me go talk to a priest here in Mississippi. The priest basically told me to live a happy life and that it didn’t matter if I were gay or straight as long as I’m faithful to God. This archbishop from Minnesota does NOT speak for all Catholics in his beliefs. Not even close…..

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 9:46am
  62. According to the Bible, there was one special loved one in Jesus’s life and that person was a MAN. This man was the author of the gospel of John, and may actually have been Lazarus. Check out John chapters 11 to 13 and 18 to 21. Notice how often it says the man that Jesus loved, or Jesus loved Lazarus. I’m not aware of anything in the Bible that would suggest that Jesus was heterosexual, but there is a lot that indicates that Jesus was gay.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 9:51am
  63. Where is the separation of church and state in the Catholic church?

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 10:21am
  64. hiss, boo.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 11:08am
  65. As if prayer could do anything to anybody. Get your head out of the fantasy book that is in your uptight ass. The world is not magical but rational. Prayers serve no other purpose than creating beliefs based on false pretenses inside your head. You won’t pray us away.

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 1:57pm
  66. I guess it must bee all right for priests to screw the boys as long as they don’t marry them!

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 2:08pm
  67. Boo!!!! Why not create a prayer to take away hatred and bigots and child molesters with in the Catholic Church?????

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 3:03pm
  68. i say let them pray and see if its gonna work

    Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 7:38pm
  69. So many gay priests… what a joke. And also one of the reasons I liked the Catholic Church in spite of the dirty secrets of the priesthood and its victems… was they stayed out of politics and televangelistic bullshit. I vote at the pews cllection basket.. and and leave church when politics is entered into a sermon..

    Posted on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 1:32am
  70. Leave it to the unmarried, unelected and superstitious in costumes to oppose someone else’s rights. This is a losing ignorant position, just like the hunt for witches. No wonder religion is shrinking….and this costumed comedy faster than most of them….

    Posted on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 2:12pm
  71. I’m so tired of self-righteous assholes telling me I’m going to hell for loving a woman, I’m sick of this hateful world. They have no reason to judge gays. Why does gender matter? If people love each other, and will be faithful to each other, then what does it matter if it’s two men or two women? Love is love and it shouldn’t matter who it’s between. But oh well, why would anyone make an effort to be accepting when they could just be hateful? I hate people so much…

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 3:33pm
  72. Someone please tell her not to wear a pink hat with a red dress!

    Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 5:41pm
  73. People, where in the Bishop’s prayer does it say anything about gay marriage? Are you admitting that it is not God’s plan for marriage for two gay people to be married? I can’t see anything in this prayer that suggests it is against gay marriage, unless you already believe and/or recognize that gay marriage is not in God’s plan.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:24pm