Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Bravo Bishop Nienstedt!
Gay activists denied communion

During a St. John's Abbey mass, students and others wearing protest buttons and sashes received Archbishop John Nienstedt's hand of blessing rather than the Eucharist.

It's being reported by The Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN) that about 25 college students and community members at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., were denied communion by Twin Cities Roman Catholic Archbishop John C. Nienstedt because they were displaying rainbow buttons and sashes in protest of the church's stand on gay relationships.

It came amid news that the state's bishops were mailing 400,000 DVDs to Minnesota Catholics, spelling out church teachings on gay marriage and urging them to support candidates who endorse putting the issue to a vote.



Blogger Helen said...

So good to witness an Archbishop, a leader who isn't reluctant to BE one!!!

8:18 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Amazing what a pair of testicles can do for Episcopal ministry!

8:24 PM  
Blogger DU said...

Even though the Arch.Bishop seems to have taken a public stance, he also seems to have fallen short.

One article I read went on with this:

"Following the archbishop’s Mass, a priest at the abbey held a short Mass and distributed the Eucharist for those who were denied Communion by the archbishop.

“I offered a Mass following the student Mass to those students who weren’t allowed to receive the Eucharist,” Benedictine Father Rene McGraw told The Record. “It’s the Church that’s causing the problems here, not the students or their opinions. In comparison to the Benedictines and the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University community, Nienstedt and archbishops in general are conservative.”

The true test of character will come in his response to the rebellious preist. To ignore this would be worse in many ways.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Agreed, DU.

2:29 PM  

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