Thursday, February 24, 2011

This guy has got to go—priest shortage or not!

The archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Most Rev. John Nienstedt, has a headache. And his name is Fr. Mike Tegeder.

Regardless of where you stand on any social issue, it just stands to reason that, if you're going to be a Catholic priest, you should preach the Catholic Church's message. If you disagree with it, you should either try to "think with the Church" or leave your ministry and (perhaps) find a faith community more to your liking, right?

Instead of performing either act of basic intellectual honesty, Fr. Tegeder has decided to vocally oppose Abp. Nienstedt, on issues like FOCA, homosexual marriage, lay preaching and—not too strangely—dissent.

+Nienstedt's views on dissent are well-known: they echo the words of Jesus to the church in Laodicea: "I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth" (Rev 2:15-16). We also know that +Nienstedt is capable of rapidly squelching improprieties.

So what's it going to take for the good archbishop to spew Fr. Tegeder out of his mouth?