Today's must-watch video, with several excellent moments.
Father Bob Pierson, a gay Catholic priest, blasted the Catholic Church's stance on same-sex marriage in a speech to more than 200 Catholics in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina on Sunday, telling them why it is okay to vote "no" on the anti-gay marriage amendment hitting the ballot there in November.
To loud applause, Pierson stated: "I cannot remain silent. As Catholics, we can vote 'no'."
Pierson quoted "young theologian" Joseph Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict), in his explanation:
"Our holy father taught in 1967 that we must obey our own conscience, even if it puts us at odds with the Pope. I doubt that he knew that he was going to be Pope when he said that."
"I believe the church does not have the right to force its moral teaching on others outside our fold."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP…