Archbishop Nienstedt Won’t Be Charged In Alleged Groping Incident

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Charges will not be filed against Archbishop John Nienstedt in connection with an alleged groping incident involving a boy.

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Editor’s note: Read between the lines on this one and you’ll see a good man brought up on charges for no good reason. See my earlier post

Judgment call: Nothing to St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt abuse claim.

by Doug Lawrence

I’m betting that the accusation against Archbishop Nienstedt is a political hack job, totally made up by his many liberal opponents, within and without the Church – and with absolutely no basis, in fact.

If there’s any bright side to this, it will be a Catholic bishop knowing precisely what it feels like to be falsely accused and subsequently removed from active ministry, based on scant evidence – with the rest of his life hanging in the balance.

Let’s pray for no double standards here!

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Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt: Family as the foundation of culture.

Dear friends in Christ,

Since the beginning of man’s life on earth, the family has served as the cornerstone of society.  The integrity of the family set the standard for society from the beginning of time as the underpinning of our civilization, reflecting the beneficial differences between men and women and the complementarity of their hearts, minds, and bodies.

Aristotle argued that the natural progression of human beings flowed from the family via small communities out to the polisThe state itself, then, as a natural extension of the family, mirrors this critical institution.

Inspired by Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas writes, “man is by nature a social being since he stands in need of many vital things which he cannot come by through his own unaided effort. Hence he is naturally part of a group by which assistance is given him that he may live well.  He needs this assistance with a view to life as well as to the good life.”[1]  And Pope Leo XIII develops Aquinas’ thought further, recognizing that “man’s natural instinct moves him to live in civil society, for he cannot, if dwelling apart, provide himself with the necessary requirements of life, nor procure the means of developing his mental and moral faculties.”[2]  Indeed, just as our communities and the state itself imitate the structure of the family, our economy is also modeled after oikonomia—the Greek word for household management.

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Editor’s note: This is a fairly long piece, but it is worth a read. This is what good Catholic bishops are supposed to do – teach!

Seen on the web: Sorry, homosexual people. The Catholic Church’s tax exemption is not affected by their advocacy of traditional marriage.

Posted by: ArizonaDave October 31st, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Nonplussed, SueDe, Marblex, and everyone,

According to the IRS code, churches (and all 501(c)3 orgs) may be engaged in issue politics; the only prohibition is that they may not support specific candidates.

So to everyone who is outraged that churches get involved in these anti-equality ballot initiatives: Sorry! It’s perfectly legal.

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Minnesota bishop mobilizes parishioners to help oppose same-sex marriage

Archbishop John Nienstedt sent a letter to every priest in the state at the start of October urging them to put every Catholic church in Minnesota to work passing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

“It is imperative that we marshal our resources to educate the faithful about the Church’s teachings on these matters, and to vigorously organize and support a grass roots effort to get out the vote to support the passage of the amendment,” the letter read. It went out on Oct. 4 to every priest in the state.

The archbishop said it wants priests in every parish to identify a “church captain” in order to create an “ad hoc committee” in every church in the state. The “church captain” is a component of the Schubert Flint strategy used in 2008′s divisive Proposition 8 battle in California.

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Editor’s note: Once this is over, the same committees could go to work to put an end to abortion.

Support St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop Nienstedt in his support of the family

Archbishop John Nienstedt refused to allow the Holy Mass turn into a political protest. A group of 25 activists who are opposed to the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage wore rainbow sashes at a Mass celebrated by the Archbishop.

Not only did these protesters attend Mass wearing these sashes, but they tried to receive Communion despite publicly denouncing Church teaching. The protest organizer told the media: “We were making a statement during the Eucharist.”

The Archbishop of Saint Paul-Minneapolis would not allow the protestors to “make a statement” while receiving the Holy Eucharist. Archbishop Nienstedt refused to offer Communion to these activists who had already publicly announced their dis-unity.

These protesters told the media that their protest was spurred because Archbishop Nienstedt sent out DVDs which explained the Church’s position on marriage to 400,000 Catholics in Minnesota. The Archbishop has been under attack for defending the Church’s position on marriage since the DVDs were mailed out (at no expense to the Church) in late September.

Show your support and thank Archbishop John Nienstedt for refusing to allow the Holy Eucharist be used in a political protest.  Thank this courageous bishop for standing strong for marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

Click here to sign the letter