Catholics asked to pay for marriage vote ads

  • Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2012 - 9:55 AM

Bishops send letters asking for donations to pay for TV spots supporting the amendment.

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kingofacesSep. 24, 12 9:33 PM

I'm curious how this is legal? I thought churches were exempt from property taxes and the likes because they cannot be involved in politics?

vegas2112Sep. 24, 12 9:38 PM

RE: "Minnesota Roman Catholics will receive a letter this week from the state's bishops, urging them to donate money..." -------------------------- Instead of money, parishioners should stuff the baskets with these folded up letters.

isbjornmydogSep. 24, 12 9:40 PM

You have got to be kidding me! It IS illegal in YOUR church! Keep your catholic laws out of the constitution!

uptownbred63Sep. 24, 12 9:42 PM

How can Catholics follow this type of leadership. Only love thy neighbor if they believe in exactly what you do. Otherwise, deny them their civil rights while breaking the law. Make these groups pay taxes since they are political. Too bad that so many good people follow such misguided leaders.

snowdoggSep. 24, 12 9:42 PM

I'm glad I am not on their mailing list anymore!

LiberalOne46Sep. 24, 12 9:42 PM

Just because churches are tax exempt does not mean they cannot advocate for their religious convictions. Atheists can fund campaigns, pay no taxes and support their lack of religion without being attacked because there is no cry for separation of non-religion church and state. Minnesota Catholics should send money. I am not a Minnesotan and I will be.

getlanceSep. 24, 12 9:44 PM

What ever happened to the separation of church and state? Talk about a bully pulpit!

furguson11Sep. 24, 12 9:45 PM

Maybe they can use the money to pay off the victims of predatory priests and brothers instead.

JvonkorffSep. 24, 12 9:46 PM

With the greatest respect to Rev. George Welzbache, the contention that legalization of gay marriage could result in requiring Catholic clergy to officiate those marriages, that is legal malarky. I would, respectfully, suggest that he study the first amendment and the adopt some other argument, because Priests nor ministers simply cannot be compelled, under the Constitution, to officiate marriages that violate their religious beliefs.

baseball91Sep. 24, 12 9:46 PM

Maybe its the names involved - Nienstad and Ratzinger - but this all reminds me too much of that book In The Garden of The Beast about what it had been like living in Germany, for the new American ambassador at the time, when the Nuremberg laws were initiated. There is also this book that won the Minnesota Book Award in 2011 called Vestments that explains how it is the ethnic community of Germans in Saint Paul, the predominant ethnic group, stepped to the sidelines in politics after American involvement in World War I. Mostly those Germans seemed to be quiet, until now here leading the moral charge. Over time, gay marriage will not affect the future of Minnesota one way or another, except for the civil war among Catholics led by non-native Minnesotans. Is there anyone more stiff then the archbishop who has been called to lead this charge by his superiors elsewhere. Historically the Church of Rome has not been the dominant culture in this state, and this issue seems set to divide rather than unite --which is the purpose of all religions.


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