Thursday, October 18, 2012
Gay-rights group says church leaders going against believers' opinions.
A new report from gay-rights campaigners attacks Catholic leaders for funneling "unprecedented" sums of money into Minnesota's marriage amendment battle and claims the clergy are doing so against the will of the laity. Church leaders countered, saying the charges were "shameful attempts to mislead Catholics." “The Catholic Church hierarchy has positioned itself as the leading religious organization funding discrimination against LGBT people,” Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin said in a written statement publicizing the report. Catholic dioceses and Knights of Columbus chapters from around the country have contributed over half of the $1.2 million raised by groups trying to pass the amendment, which would write a ban on …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Archbishop's letter on marriage amendment upset many.
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
According to MinnPost, several parishoners at Windom's Church of the Annunciation are not happy. Along with members of several other Twin Cities Catholic Churches, Annunciation's attendees were listening to a mandatory reading of a new letter from St. Paul's Archbishop John Neinstadt reiterating his opposition to same-sex marriage. At least half a dozen parishoners were so upset that they walked out of the service, MinnPost reports. The Catholic hierarchy in Minnesota has been one of the biggest backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would write a ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution. Minnesota currently has a law on the books prohibiting the same, but a constitutional amendment would be more difficult to …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Speech at Edina church argued why Catholics should vote 'no.'
There's no way of knowing how many of the 29,000 people who had watched a YouTube video of Father Bob Pierson's speech were locals, but one thing's for sure: his denunciation of the marriage amendment has struck a chord beyond the Catholics from Southwest Minneapolis who were there to listen. Pierson was speaking to a crowd of area Catholics last month at a church in Edina as part of a gathering opposed to an amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. The state already has a law on the books banning civil recognition of same-sex marriages. The amendment is backed by Minnesota's Catholic bishops, led by Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul. The video was originaly posted by Minnesotans United for All Families, a group fighting to defeat …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Local filmmaker documenting religious support for LGBT families.
It's one of the most shopworn cliches of the gay rights movement—the angry religious leader, usually Christian, denoucing LGBT people as "perverts" or a danger to the stability of society. Even in Minnesota, that trope has continued to play itself out with the state's Catholic bishops helping lead the charge to pass a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The state already has a similar law on the books, but the amendment would make it hard for a future legislature to reverse it or for a court to find the law unconstitutional. One local filmmaker, though, wants to change that. "The religious right owns faith when it comes to issues like this," Matt Peiken told Patch. "There's an imbalance here that I wanted to correct…