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National media post Archbishop Nienstedt video saying the devil is behind gay marriage

Archbishop John Nienstedt spoke last month about family as the cornerstone of culture and said the devil is behind efforts to allow gay marriage and abortion and other actions that the Catholic Church abhors.

The Huffington Post has a story about the speech and includes the YouTube video, made Aug. 2 at the Napa Institute 2013 Conference.

Nienstedt, leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and organized a church-sponsored support of the effort to pass a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

That effort failed in the 2012 election and this year the Legislature approved gay marriage in the state.

Says Nienstedt in the speech:

“Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God’s work on earth.”

Nienstedt said the family, defined as one man and one woman and their children, is the cornerstone of society.

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Scott Chambers on 09/16/2013 - 02:22 pm.

    Bogeyman tactics are alive and well

    To quote Bob Dylan, “you don’t ask many questions with God on your side.”

    Why ask questions when you don’t have to? Why engage in any critical thought or contextual analysis when you already have everything figured out?

    This shouldn’t be a surprise to me because I’m reminded daily about how adept politicians are at using emotional arguments when their logical arguments fail to get any traction. I guess this is also a reminder that Nienstedt is as much a politician as any other civic leader with an agenda that’s under existential threat.

  2. Submitted by Lance Groth on 09/16/2013 - 02:53 pm.

    Mote, Beam

    “the denial of objective truth”

    Truths such as that all people should be treated equally under the law?

    That forbidding contraception in a world that is already dangerously overpopulated condemns the “flock” to needless misery, and further despoils the Earth?

    Here’s a thought for the good Archbishop:
    “why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

  3. Submitted by mark wallek on 09/17/2013 - 08:51 am.

    Beliefs are not worht investing in

    Clearly the Archbiship is a victim of his own beliefs. Belief is what, a construct of mind, and therefor a part of the realm of illusion.. Illusions have little relation to truth generally, and truth is often occult. So buck up bishop and be a man.

  4. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 09/17/2013 - 09:15 am.

    One wonders

    Where pedophilia fits in his described parade of horribles.

  5. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/17/2013 - 10:15 am.

    Now all we need

    is for the anti-Catholics to rip the archbishop when he spouts his leftist demands for tax increases.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 09/18/2013 - 02:11 pm.

      And then . . .

      . . . all the good conservatives will step up to his defense and say, “The Bishop has convinced us–it is our Christian duty to pay more in taxes!”

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