Archbishop John Nienstedt blames the devil for sodomy, condoms and marriage equality
John Nienstedt, the Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, was the subject of our June 20, 2012, cover story.
The devil be damned. First he created sodomy, abortion, contraception and pornography as forces of societal destruction. Now he has dissolved marriage.
At least that's the way John Nienstedt, the Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, sees things. On Aug. 2, one day after the state started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, he uttered these words at the Napa Institute:
The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that family contributes to the fabric of the good, as well as through the future of God's work on earth.
No surprise here. Nienstedt has been saying these things for years.
In 2013, we bestowed on him the title of Best Villain of the Twin Cities. Throughout the marriage equality debate, he used his position to bully proponents and demonize fellow Catholics who disagreed with him. He donated more than $650,000 of church money to the anti-gay-marriage cause.
This week, David Badash, founder of The New Civil Rights Movement blog, described Nienstedt's speech as "the perfect example of a backwards theorem: come up with arguments to support your overarching belief, rather than look at reality and deduce what is right from there."
Judge for yourself.
-- Email Jesse Marx at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @marxjesse
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.