Tell me, Archbishop, Pope, what purpose does the Church serve attempting to influence the affairs of a secular state? The federal benefits under law currently denied gay couples certainly fall under the realm of Caesar, donít they? No one is forcing the Catholic Church to marry gay couples if that is not the Churchís wish. You can keep the sanctity of Catholic marriage solely between heterosexual couples if you feel that is whatís required (again though, I caution you on the dangers of presumed infallibility).
I have always held a desire to give Nienstadt what-for. You have to wonder how many people have left or been kept away from the Catholic church because of this neanderthal?
Tevlin: Priest won't be silenced in marriage debate, for now
On the day the Catholic hierarchy once again told the Rev. Mike Tegeder that they weren't interested in his opinion, the gadfly priest was the last one to leave the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri, a Catholic church off Lake Street.
It had been an emotional day, and Tegeder's temperament ranged from table-pounding anger to tears. Earlier in the day, the Minnesota Catholic Conference held a seminar to spell out how Canada's less restrictive laws on gay marriage had corrupted that country. The church has been the major proponent of a proposed state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man, one woman. Tegeder has been an unapologetic opponent of the church's stance.
Like other priests, Tegeder had been invited to the event. Unlike other priests, he was given a warning: Sit where we tell you to. Don't ask questions. Don't disturb.
To "punish" him the archdiocese moved Fr. Tegeder from St. Edward's in Bloomington to 2 poorer parishes in Minneapols.
More priests like this & I might be persuaded to return to the fold.