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Minnesota Catholics asked to donate money for anti-gay marriage TV ads

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Minnesota’s 400,000 Roman Catholic households are scheduled to receive a letter this week from all of the state’s bishops, urging them to donate money for television ads asking voters to say yes to a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage.

John Green, a political science professor at the University of Akron (Ohio), said that the mailing is “unusual” compared to Catholics’ roles in marriage amendment campaigns in other states.

“I can’t think of anything as direct and as explicit,” Green said.

“I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it legally, but certainly I’m sure it’s very controversial. Catholic leaders have been involved in fundraising. I know of examples where they have reached out to parishioners, but I’ve never heard of anything quite this comprehensive,” he added.

The Star-Tribune reported that, in addition to asking Catholics to make contributions, bishops are encouraging them to vote yes on the amendment, according to a letter sent to priests and church administrators last week from Jason Adkins, executive director of Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota.

A new poll commissioned by the Star-Tribune published Sunday, shows slightly more Minnesotans favor the November ballot initiative seeking a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but that support falls just short of the 50 percent needed to pass the measure.

Church parishioners are being asked by church leadership to make a financial donation to Minnesota for Marriage, the chief group campaigning for passage of the marriage amendment November 6.

The call for money comes in the wake of the release last week of two commercials by the main group opposing the amendment — one of which takes issue with the Catholic Church’s stance on gay marriage.

Like other religious groups weighing in on the marriage amendment, Minnesota Catholics are heavily divided over the measure.

The Rev. Grant Stevensen, faith leader for Minnesotans United, said in a statement released Monday that his group has been contacted by thousands of Catholics statewide who are voting no on the amendment.

Many of them are “very concerned and hurt by the amount of money and energy the archdiocese is spending to further this divisive amendment. It’s obvious the Catholic Church is incredibly divided over this amendment, and a letter like this is only going to further isolate and pull Catholics apart,” reported the Star-Tribune.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. Not getting any of my money ya devils.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 7:51pm
  2. They should spend money on educating their youth about tolerance. Oh, wait, that would be too Christian. nevermind~

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 7:51pm
  3. Actions like this should result in the church’s tax exempt status being revoked.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 7:53pm
  4. The Catholics don’t even like the Vatican or the archdiocese. Why not just break away from a pro-child molester yet anti everything else camp and start a new church?

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 7:56pm
  5. Why not petition for ppl to make more gay ads…on our end…lol.. fight fire with fire… let the wrld we here to stay..and have the same drive and passion that they show.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 7:57pm
  6. Anyways… Gay marriage last 24 hours until better meat shows up. Put more energy on anti/bullying instead. Thx.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:01pm
  7. Yikes.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:09pm
  8. @Alain… wow, you must have had some very bad experiences in your life. Maybe you are waiting for “better meat to show up” but please don’t judge others who are very happy in long term stable relationships.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:12pm
  9. In this economy? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:13pm
  10. Someone (a lot of someones) need to report this to the IRS. The church could lose their tax exemption status for soliciting donations for a political cause. The same thing happened in Washington, and they got slapped. Call them in people!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:18pm
  11. As much as I disagree with the Catholic position & action in MN, it does not violate their tax exempt status. That only would happen if they endorsed a candidate in an election.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:29pm
  12. The RCs really need to look at their dwindling numbers and ask themselves WHY their numbers are dwindling!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 9:19pm
  13. Make them pay taxes

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 9:29pm
  14. Tax them!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 10:11pm
  15. hey catholic church, fuck you. Seriously. Enough.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 10:28pm
  16. Paedophils!

    Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 3:31am
  17. The catholic church is scrambling. They don’t want the world to focus on the pedophiles they are harboring. Shame on you Minnesota.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 4:12am
  18. The catholic church needs to loose its tax exempt status, its now a polictical group and not a church TAX THEM

    Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6:17am
  19. Catholics like to try to set law but they never are made to pay taxes. I get sick of it. Why doesn’t the government do their job.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6:34am
  20. Shame, shame, shame!

    Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6:58am
  21. Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 11:25am
  22. Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 11:50am
  23. Well, since your website claims I am part of a “known-spam network” i will put this here

    freedom of religion; This means anyone can practice their religion, but it also means I am free from having (any) religion dictate how I should live my (BISEXUAL) life!

    Thank you separation between church and state!

    Also, thanks LGBTQ NATION for accusing me of being a spammer even though I am not a spammer.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 1:15pm
  24. They better practice teaching some of their priests to avoid temptation with boys.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 2:13pm
  25. Can you share my page? I don’t have any likes on it yet :(

    Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 2:46pm