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.
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.