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US Archbishop: Satan Is ‘The Source’ Of Same-Sex Marriage

by David Badash on September 10, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Marriage,News,Religion

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So much for Pope Francis I‘s “Who am I to judge?” perspective on gay people. If the 30 Catholic Archbishops in the United States were ranked by degree of anti-gay activism and homophobia, Minnesota’s John Nienstedt, Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul, would certainly be near the top.

In 2010, you’ll remember, while the poor were busy being poor, the sick were busy being sick, and the needy were busy being needy — all in the middle of one of our country’s worst economic crises ever — Archbishop John Nienstedt was busy using Church funds to spam 400,000 of Minnesota’s Catholics with anti-gay DVD’s, in the hope that he could sway them to hate the gays as much as he does.

They did not. (But they did make a nice art project.)

What an incredible waste on money, time, and energy, that could have gone to feeding the poor, healing the sick, and comforting the needy — the way God intended.

Alas, Nienstedt wasted a private donor’s funds that could have gone to better use (see above,) because the good citizens of Minnesota, including the majority of Minnesota’s Catholics, voted not only to remove their ban on same-sex marriage, but they turned around a few months later and extended the institution of marriage to same-sex couples, just as God intended.

LOOK: Nienstedt: Mom Of Gay Son May Go To Hell If She Doesn’t Embrace Church Anti-Gay Teachings

Nienstedt, unrepentant, has now come out with a whopper: Satan is the source of same-sex marriage.

“Today, many evil forces have set their sights on the dissolution of marriage and the debasing of family life. Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God’s work on earth.”

Those are Nienstedt’s own words in an article published last week in Legatus Magazine, titled, Family as the foundation of culture.” In it, he uses the word “marriage” 62 times. “Same-sex” four times. And “Satan,” twice.

And he offers little “gems,” like this one:

The fact remains that family structure works better for children because fathers and mothers do parent differently, in ways that complement one another and boost a child’s well-being and gender identity.  This understanding of the family structure gets to the heart of the same-sex “marriage” debate that many of us have engaged in recent years.

And, for some startling reason that seems to border on either pedophilia, statutory rape, or underage sex, Nienstedt laments:

Nearly one of every three Americans over the age of 15 has never been married, the highest level in a decade.

How is that a problem?

The article is extensive, and the perfect example of a backwards theorem: come up with arguments to support your overarching belief, rather than look at reality and deduce what is right from there.

Bob Shine and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry had a few thoughts on Archbishop Nienstedt and his ugly anti-gay attack.

Nienstedt’s “shrill rhetoric on marriage has not only been largely ineffective in preventing marriage equality laws, but it is also seen to be pastorally harmful. What bishops don’t seem to realize is that many of their church members sincerely and conscientiously support marriage equality. They also know, love, and respect gay and lesbian couples in committed relationships, so the bishops’ message of how marriage equality will ruin society rings hollow at best, and is heard as hateful at worst.”


You can visit The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt’s archdiocese online.

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rainey13 September 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Actually, I'd say "satan" is more the source of hatred and bigotry than of anything else. Maybe the bishop should look in the mirror…

TomTallis September 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm

What a pathetic little man.

NavySquidette September 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Notice how they seem to stop just shy of insisting fathers arrange marriages for their daughters?

SeanLiberty13 September 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Nope. Pay taxes moocher or shut your trap on secular civil law.

sam3915 September 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Big surprise: another Catholic Nazi pseudo-Christian clergy. Is it any wonder that these evil scapegoating scum supported Hitler and now support Putin?

FlexSF September 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm

A sphincter says what?

ferst49 September 11, 2013 at 6:06 am

Threatening the stability of our civilization? Yah, that must be it Archy. I'm sure it can't be anything as trivial as War,hunger,poverty and Government corruption right? Dimwit

cipher September 11, 2013 at 8:33 am

Legatus is a journal published by the organization of the same name. It was founded by Tom Monaghan of Domino's Pizza, who also founded (controls) Ave Maria University, a conservative Catholic institution. It's essentially Catholic fundamentalism, and like Protestant fundamentalists, people like Nienstedt are trying desperately to defend their little patch of turf against the forces of modernity.

goodasU September 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

Re: "US Archbishop: Satan Is ‘The Source’ Of Same-Sex Marriage"

Yeah, well he gets PAID to say stuff like that, so it hardly comes as a surprise. Promulgating vicious lies is a heckuva way to 'earn' a 'living'.

thatfreyagirl September 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

According to Genesis, God lied and the serpent (Satan?) revealed the truth. I'm going with Satan on this one.

Xanstar February 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm

<div class="idc-message" id="idc-comment-msg-div-796489072"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(796489072)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(796489072)">Close MessageI love how jackasses such as Nienstedt and others of his ilk use the occasional actual /fact/ to bolster their arguments. In this case, the single thing he said that is 100% true is "the denial of objective truth…threaten(s) the stability of our civilization." Ironic, isn't it, how the rest of his argument is ENTIRELY "denial of objective truth"?

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