From Spero News
Where heresy and dissent abound
We have arrived at the point where good is stamped out as something evil, and evil is permitted to flourish as a good.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
by Elizabeth Schwab
Pope John Paul II expressed grave concern for the future of the Catholic Church in America, and rightly so. He knew of the dangers lurking in the dark that insidiously threaten to undermine the Catholic faith. Today we look around with dismay at the state of affairs in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and realize that a more striking dichotomy could hardly exist. We have arrived at the point where good is stamped out as something evil, and evil is permitted to flourish as a good.
Following are selected snapshots of the current situation.
Despite the fact that the Church has taught clearly and concisely on marriage and homosexuality, there appears to be great confusion on these subjects among those whom you would expect to know better within the archdiocese. When a marriage amendment was recently proposed to the Minnesota State Legislature defining marriage as between one man and one woman, 27 pastors of the archdiocese wrote a letter to Archbishop Harry Flynn calling the amendment scandalous and an act of discrimination.
Fr. Michael Tegeder told the Pioneer Press, “Anybody who wants to be in a committed relationship and have children – I say God bless them,” and remarked that the issue of the marriage amendment was “a particularly thorny issue for Catholics.”
Particularly thorny? Fr. Tegeder has also spoken out against priestly celibacy and yet continues to retain his post as pastor of St. Edward’s parish in Bloomington.
It is noted that Archbishop Flynn refused to release the names of the pastors who signed the petition or to issue a public reprimand.
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