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Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt Told Mother: Reject Your Gay Son or Burn in Hell


Saint Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt, the guy who spearheaded a mass mailing in 2010 of 400,000 anti-gay DVDs, and created a special "marriage prayer" which he asked the state's Catholics to recite during Mass in an effort to create support for the anti-gay amendment on Minnesota's ballot in November, also told the mother of a gay son that she should reject him or risk burning in hell, according to a recently-surfaced letter.

NienstedtWrote Nienstedt:

I write to inform you that the teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality,a s described in paragraphs 2357 and 2358 and 2359  of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is rooted in Scripture and based on the Natural Moral Law. It, therefore, shares in God’s revelation to us. Catholics are bound in conscience to believe this teaching. Those who do not cannot consider themselves to be Catholic and ought not to participate in the sacramental life of the Church.

Indeed, some might find this is a hard saying by many of Jesus’ teachings were likewise received as such. I urge you to reconsider the position that you expressed in your letter. Your eternal salvation may well depend upon a conversation of heart on this topic.

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  1. Where is the "burn in hell" part?

    Posted by: Perry | Oct 9, 2012 2:34:49 PM

  2. Says the guy in the hot pink dress.

    Posted by: SebastianQ | Oct 9, 2012 2:39:27 PM

  3. Perry, eternal salvation is Heaven and risking it is risking to go to Hell. Benedict has reaffirmed Hell's existence. Don't try to be smart, this bishop is a terrible person.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 9, 2012 2:40:57 PM

  4. Perry - "Your eternal salvation may well depend upon a conversation of heart on this topic" clearly means that he believes she will not receive "eternal salvation" unless she changes her mind. That means hell.

    Posted by: Max | Oct 9, 2012 2:41:37 PM

  5. well, it's just like Matt Birk, really.

    these folks would rather attend their son's funeral than his wedding to another man.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 9, 2012 2:44:52 PM

  6. He has every right to believe what's in the letter. As long as he doesn't try to force it on those who don't belong to his church.

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 9, 2012 2:53:39 PM

  7. Pitchforks. Torches. Nothing less will do.

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 9, 2012 2:55:12 PM

  8. Why does anyone pay any attention to the catholic churchs' teachings? Not to mention the obviously silly outfits...they're also repressed, depressed & oppressed...and need guidance with color coordination. I mean to say, only an idiot who can't think for himself would wear total pink from head to toe. Can't they mix it up a little or is that "thinking for yourself" just over the top for them?

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Oct 9, 2012 2:55:39 PM

  9. Always when I read these clowns like Nienstedt spouting off this non-sense, I think of Gaddafi with that knife up his ass, ripping out his intestines. And I wonder if it ever occurs to them to fear the same fate.

    Posted by: Hungry Blade | Oct 9, 2012 2:57:21 PM

  10. Aint it a shame that being Catholic does not make you immune from having gay children or family members?

    As much as Catholic-inspired bigotry doesn't affect me as a non-Catholic, anyone who's ever spent any time doing LGBT Outreach work, particularly with youth, knows that their prejudice and hypocritical piety have an incredibly negative impact on the LGBT people who are unfortunately born into families that attend these churches and are, for some unfathomable reason, literal slaves to whatever their priests say.

    Homosexuality doesn't break apart families. Religious ideologies like the one this pig is espousing do.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 9, 2012 3:00:51 PM

  11. I thought it's the evil one that get burn in hell? Now, who's the devil that tell the mother who abandon the son? Bibles are like guns to the religious fanatics. Often misuse and misfire and ended up self inflicting.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Oct 9, 2012 3:01:05 PM

  12. @Yupp: "He has every right to believe what's in the letter. As long as he doesn't try to force it on those who don't belong to his church."

    As we have every right to criticize him or denounce him or shun him or campaign against his prosperity. What's your point?

    Posted by: JJ | Oct 9, 2012 3:07:33 PM

  13. Young Catholic dudes and girls (and a lot of older ones), gay and straight, who are in the "Catholic world" because they're in Catholic schools (lots of places in the U.S. where those are just better schools than the public ones), or just continue practicing Catholicism out of habit, don't care what the priests, bishops, Pope, etc, have to say anymore. It has no effect on them whatsoever.

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 9, 2012 3:08:27 PM

  14. A papist swine and molester of small boys no doubt.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Oct 9, 2012 3:08:55 PM

  15. My point, JJ, is that you and Scumbag Towle better get off your superiority horses, you Protestant dickheads. (Nothing against ALL Protestants, which I am myself now). If you even know how to ride a horse.

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 9, 2012 3:12:17 PM

  16. @Yupp - as someone who's actually done volunteer work for LGBT youth for more than a decade, I can tell you that assertion is categorically false. Even if they, the young, know the priests are full of s**t, their parents don't. Or do, but are too cowardly to ruffle feathers by standing up to them.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 9, 2012 3:12:44 PM

  17. *Shrug*

    It's completely consistent with Catholic teaching, as the archbishop points out. You might as well ask the Grand Mufti of Damascus and expect a different answer. Is the news here that he actually said what the Church openly teaches or what?

    Posted by: Guest | Oct 9, 2012 3:13:31 PM

  18. He should be fired. Of course he won't be because the Catholic Church enjoys breaking up families and causing misery. If we didn't have such misery no one would turn to the church so they wouldn't make any money so it's in the interests of religions to CAUSE the misery so they can benefit from it financially.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 9, 2012 3:13:44 PM

  19. Dear Most Heartless Archbishop Nienstedt:

    Burn in Hell indeed you worthless piece of Papist Holy Crap!

    With every bad wish, I remain.

    Cordially yours in Christ Almighty,
    Millions of GLBT Human Beings

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Oct 9, 2012 3:14:22 PM

  20. A fine example of why the Catholic religion should be run out of this country.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Oct 9, 2012 3:15:00 PM

  21. What is "The Natural Moral Law"? Is it to hate anyone who questions your view of life and your pronouncements?

    And the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Who wrote that one, people like you? Jesus did not write that, because he was not like you.

    Posted by: trees | Oct 9, 2012 3:15:21 PM

  22. Kiwi : Maybe in Canada. I'm just speaking for the U.S. (I did know one Catholic boy freaked out by his sexuality, but he was from the Phillipines).

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 9, 2012 3:15:29 PM

  23. Unbelievably we STILL have gay men and women supporting the Catholic Church & giving them money ! This shows just how STUPID gay people are and it's one of the reasons we have so few legal rights around the world.


    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 9, 2012 3:16:26 PM

  24. OS2GUY : With which others ?

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 9, 2012 3:17:24 PM

  25. With the recent statements by Catholic Bishops and Archbishops across the US I don't understand why more Catholics don't switch to the Episcopal church. Isn't it more or less the same thing without all the silly-@ss business of priests not marrying? (And therefore markedly less kiddie-diddling.) There also seems to be less of the (literally) holier-than-thou attitude whereby the church hierarchy is the go-between for believers and their deity, as if the PRIEST decides whether or not you're going to hell.

    Not that I believe in any of it, but since religion IS a choice, if you choose to believe why not choose one that's less of a pain in the @ss?

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 9, 2012 3:21:23 PM

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