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]
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“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.”