Minnesota Catholic bishops to campaign against same-sex marriage

Minnesota’s Roman Catholic bishops plan a new campaign against same-sex marriages, apparently timed to hit during the last two months of this election season, the Minnesota Independent reports.

Details are still pending, but Bishop John Quinn of the Winona Diocese wrote in a newsletter: “The bishops of Minnesota are alarmed by the continuing attacks on the institution of marriage, and we are taking action.”

He adds, “I hope that you will become one of the thousands of Catholics who have contacted legislators and told them that marriage is a lifetime relationship between one man and one woman.”

MinnIndy said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis hasn’t responded to questions about its role in the marriage campaign but notes that Dennis McGrath, spokesman for the archdiocese, told a blog: “The details are yet to be firmed up. I don’t want to talk about it just yet. This is still kind of taking shape.”

The publication quotes Michael Bayly of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities:

“I’m not surprised that the Minnesota Roman Catholic bishops are planning an anti-marriage equality campaign,” he said. “The good news is that unlike five years ago, they’re now on the defensive, not the offensive.”

Bayly told MinnIndy that the bishops are reacting to marriage equality legislation in the last legislative session and the possibility of Minnesotans electing a governor who supports same-sex marriage. DFLer Mark Dayton and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner support it, while the GOP’s Tom Emmer is opposed.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Eric Schubert on 09/15/2010 - 11:09 am.

    Yet another great move by the bishops . . . talk about clueless.

  2. Submitted by Richard Rowan on 09/15/2010 - 07:44 pm.

    It’s too bad they can’t put the same effort into campaigning for things that Christ actually cared about, such as feeding the poor, housing the homeless, caring for the sick….

  3. Submitted by Chris Vogel on 09/16/2010 - 09:06 pm.

    “Essential good for our society” is, of course, a fraud, but the Roman Church is used to much worse. In the Proposition 8 trial, opponents of same-sex marriage made all the usual arguments, and then admitted that they had not a shred of evidence to support any of them. Their arguments, like those to be made by this church in the months to come, are all ridiculous fabrications. But the Church does not consider that it is lying–although it is–it is merely promulgating doctrine with, to them the entirely laudatory and characteristic purpose of using the powers of the state to force everyone to abide by it.

    On the other hand, this is better than used to be. Modern secular governments do not permit the church its traditional approaches to difference of opinion: murder for the masses, torture and brutal execution for the individual. Now, isn’t a little lying better than that?

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