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Archbishop Damning Gay Kid’s Mom to Hell by Steve Williams

18 October 2012 3,178 views No Comment

A Minnesota archbishop, and central figure behind Minnesota’s anti-gay  marriage amendment, once told the mother of a gay child to renounce her son’s  homosexuality or risk going to hell, whereby he also compared his “hard saying” to the teachings of Jesus.

The letter, by Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, was reportedly  written as a response to a mother pleading for acceptance for her gay child.

In Niensted’s reply, a copy of which you can see here, he writes:

I am in receipt of your recent letter objecting  to the article that I submitted to the Star Tribune on April 28, 2010. I write  to inform you that the teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality, as  described in paragraphs 2357 and 2358 and 2359 of the Catechism of the Catholic  Church, is rooted in Scripture and based on the Natural Moral Law. It,  therefore, shares in God’s revelation to us. Catholics are bound in conscience  to believe this teaching. Those who do not cannot consider themselves to be  Catholic and ought not to participate in the sacramental life of the Church.

Indeed, some might find this a hard saying but  many of Jesus’ teachings were likewise received as such. I urge you to  reconsider the position that you expressed in your letter. Your eternal  salvation may well depend upon a conversation of heart on this topic.

That Archbishop Nienstedt apparently seems comfortable in comparing himself  to Jesus while at the same time threatening a woman who may sincerely now  believe that she risks eternal damnation for refusing to abandon her gay son, is  profoundly monstrous.

It also shows a willingness to wage spiritual warfare that, if the moniker is  to mean anything good at all, aught to define Nienstedt, and any who might  choose to use such tactics, out of laying claim to the word Christian. It isn’t,  however, out of the ordinary for this particular archbishop.

The letter has received renewed attention after the Star Tribune this week  issued a profile on Nienstedt and the incredible way in which he has used his  position to marshal religious support for passing a constitutional amendment to  enshrine Minnesota’s same-sex marriage ban, a question Minnesota voters will  face at the ballot in November.

While  I urge you to read the full, illuminating piece, not least of which because  it exposes the possibility that Nienstedt’s crusade may be as much a career move  as it is a so-called moral position, the following excerpt relates in concrete  terms just how powerful Nienstedt has been in using his religious privilege to  manipulate believers in Minnesota into joining the fray against the “threat” of  same-sex marriage:

Working aggressively behind the scenes, the  65-year-old Nienstedt has emerged as a key financial and political force for  passage of the marriage amendment, which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot and is the  most contentious issue in the state this election season.

He has committed more than $650,000 in church  money, stitched together a coalition of leaders from other faiths and exerted  all his power within the church to press Minnesota’s million-plus Catholics to  back him.

“We wouldn’t have gotten very far without him,” said Frank Schubert, campaign manager for Minnesota for Marriage, the lead group  pushing the amendment. “What the archbishop is doing in Minnesota is what the  pope asked him to do. It’s hard to overstate his importance.”

This, of course, makes unquestionable that Nienstedt’s use of his position  transcends enshrining Minnesota’s gay marriage ban. This exposes a disdain for  the separation of Church and State that is entirely chilling.

Chilling, in fact, is a wholly appropriate word given that the Star Tribune  has also spoken to those who allege Nienstedt is not above silencing dissenting  priests, of which there have apparently been many, with an order of  obedience.

But let every Catholic, every person in fact who might be sitting on the  fence regarding Minnesota’s gay marriage ban, remember the archbishop’s words to  that particular mother:

“Your eternal salvation may well depend upon a conversation of heart on this  topic.”

Such a callous threat which exposes the heartlessness, indeed the ugliness,  behind Minnesota’s anti-gay marriage amendment.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/archbishop-damning-gay-kids-mom-to-hell.html#ixzz29fMwcvfM

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