Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Contributed $650,000 to Support Anti-Gay Amendment

While continuing to go to great lengths to protect child rapists, closing long established parishes because of supposed financial deficits, and closing down Catholic Charities operations rather than cease anti-gay discrimination, the Catholic Church hierarchy is none the less finding plenty of money to contribute to support anti-gay legislation around the country. In fact, as the St. Cloud Times is reporting, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis alone contributed $650,000 last year to support the proposed constitutional amendment now pending in Minnesota that would ban gay marriage. The priorities (and moral bankruptcy) of the bitter old men in dresses is striking: close schools and parishes, resist paying compensation to the victims of clerical sex abuse, but spend lavishly to interfere with the CIVIL legal rights of LGBT citizens. Here are highlights from the St. Cloud Times:

MINNEAPOLIS — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it contributed $650,000 last year to support a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

The archdiocese said today that it spearheaded a statewide effort of Minnesota’s Catholic bishops. Archbishop John Nienstedt has come out strongly in support of the ban. He says it’s in line with fundamental church teaching that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

The archdiocese says the money comes from investment income.

The largest group working to defeat the amendment, Minnesotans United for All Families, said last week it had raised $1.2 million.

As I have noted often, I do not understand how anyone who is truly moral can remain a Catholic. Loving gay couples are demonized and targeted for second class citizenship while child molesters are protected and the church goes to extreme lengths to compensate the victims of sexual abuse.

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