The angel of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Abp. John C. Nienstedt, is having a heckuva month.
First, he puts out an action alert to his archdiocese in reference to the Department of Health and Human Services' regulation amendment requiring most religious employers to include contraceptives and sterilization coverage in any health plan under the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (By the way, have you made your voice heard? Today's the last day!) That in itself would be commendable.
However, today the Archdiocese, in conjunction with the Minnesota Catholic Conference, issued a statement blasting Catholics for Marriage Equality MN, stating unequivocally that the pro-SSM group "has no recognition from nor affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church".
One of Catholics for Marriage Equality MN’s expressed aims is to defeat the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment that will appear on the November 2012 ballot, and which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The group misleadingly tries to convince Catholics that they can, in good conscience, support a state redefinition of marriage without undermining marriage itself. The Catholic Church, in keeping with Catholic teaching, reason and natural law, and in concert with many other faiths, strongly supports maintaining the current, traditional definition of marriage by voting “yes” for the Amendment during the November 2012 election.