The StarTribune on Archbishop Nienstedt's Passionate Defense of Marriage


The Minnesota StarTribune has a lengthy profile of the Catholic Archbishop of St. Paul/Minneapolis and his good faith efforts to help pass the Marriage Protection Amendment:

"...Working aggressively behind the scenes, the 65-year-old [Archbishop John] 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."

On the question of Catholics who claim you can ignore the Church's teaching on marriage, here's what Abp. Nienstedt had to say:

"...When asked whether a loyal Catholic could vote against the amendment, Nienstedt said: "It would be difficult to comprehend how a person could not believe that marriage is anything but a union between one man and one woman. On this point, Catholic teaching is clear."