Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis John Neinstedt has decided that he is going to ignore the leadership of Pope Francis and continue to not only try to interfere in temporal politics, but to continue to demonize LGBT people and their unions.
While Pope Francis I remains largely opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion, he has not made those priorities of his papacy. Rather, he has been working to reform the Church from within including pushing priests to be less ostentatious with their choices of dwelling, outfit and modes of transportation.
These reforms, and Pope Francis’ refusal to get too involved in temporal politics, have upset many of the more hardline theocrats within the Catholic Church including Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Neinstedt.
In a lengthy article printed in Legatus Magazine, Neinstedt goes after same-sex marriage as satanic. He wrote that “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.”
The Catholic Church has much to answer for, of course, but rather than dealing with their own sins, many Archbishops and Cardinals such as Neinstedt and Dolan have focused on demonizing and destroying LGBT people as much as possible.
Unfortunately for Neinstedt, many of the policies put forth by the Catholic Church have resulted in far more suffering and instability than same-sex marriage, abortion, contraception or pornography.
The Catholic position on contraception has lead to exploding populations in nations like Brazil where the poor are often forced to live in slums and scavenge food from garbage heaps. Crime in many of those locales is rampant, and murders often occur at random because of the gangs trying to hold onto various territories.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, though, has decided to strike up a different tone on the subject of marriage equality saying “The church has taken a very strong line, and I don’t think people would expect the church to not to do that. But it would be done – and this is important – the church has to learn how to fight its battles in a respectful and in a noble way.”
Unfortunately for Archbishop Martin, the standards of what constitutes religiousness in the Western World has changed greatly since the Middle Ages. Today, many people look at religion not as something to force others, but rather a path that should be walked on one’s own. This is why many anti-gay campaigners have found themselves at odds with the secular nature of society. People just no longer feel the need to force others to conform to their religious beliefs.
What is more, many people are starting to view things through the lense of not harming others. Thus, many people see issues like same-sex marriage in terms of doing no harm to others. Basically, so long as people can consent to the marriage, and not harm others, there is no reason to ban same-sex marriage.
H/T to Clerical Whispers.