Loading
Minnesota Catholic leaders say ‘gay marriage’ group is misleading

.- A self-described Catholic group advocating “marriage equality” in Minnesota is misleading Catholics and others about the nature of marriage and is not recognized by the Church, according to church leaders in the state.

The group Catholics for Marriage Equality MN “seeks to confuse Catholics and the public about authentic Church teaching related to matters of marriage and sexuality,” the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said on Sept. 29.

Both the conference and the archdiocese made it known that this group “does not speak for the Catholic Church” and has “no authority” to determine what does and does not constitute Christian doctrine and morality.

“The Archdiocese asks that Catholics avoid associating themselves with this group, and not be deceived by its messages, which are in conflict with the fundamental teachings of the Church,” the statement said.

The group proposes a false view of the Church that undermines the legitimate authority of the bishops and the Magisterium as the interpreter and teacher of the faith given to the apostles by Jesus Christ.

Catholics in good standing cannot oppose Church teaching about human sexuality and marriage, which centers on “the complementarity of the sexes and the mutual self-gift of loving spouses in marital union.”

Catholics for Marriage Equality MN had launched a series of video vignettes of Catholics supporting “gay marriage” at the Minneapolis Review Theater in response to a proposed state constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The group also cites several Church statements on its website.

“Anyone can selectively piece together statements taken out of context from Church documents or the writings of theologians to construct a religious worldview that suits his or her personal preferences,” said Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

“But such a pick-and-choose cafeteria religion is antithetical to Catholicism. One of the most compelling reasons for being Catholic is that we believe in the faith given to the apostles by Jesus Christ himself and handed on and safeguarded by their successors, the bishops.”

Adkins said that Catholics have a duty to respect everyone, but this duty “does not justify the legitimization of behavior that is not consistent with moral law.”

Both the archdiocese and the conference stressed the importance of showing support and solicitude to those struggling with same-sex attraction and the importance of condemning unjust discrimination against them.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
23

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Gospel
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »

Saint
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Homily
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: