Archbishop Nienstedt calls for immigration reform

  • Article by: Rose French , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 4, 2013 - 10:25 PM

The Twin Cities Catholic leader takes a new public policy stand with his remarks at forum.

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detachedSep. 4, 13 4:48 PM

Gosh I was in support of immigration reform, but now that I know Nienstadt favors it, I'll have to re-examine my position. I use him as kind of a moral compass-anything he's for, I'm instinctively against.

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horacedjonesSep. 4, 13 4:56 PM

So Nienstadt says a person has inalienable rights that must be respected? Has he had an epiphany since leading his anti gay rights crusade? Along with federal immigration reform, how about the church engaging in some real, very meaningful internal reform.

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theruntSep. 4, 13 5:08 PM

I like that the majority of economists say passing this reform would be an economic boon for our country, and that churches are emphasizing the moral imperative to do it.

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hankmeadowsSep. 4, 13 5:54 PM

Nienstadt is the reason our family stopped going to and supporting our parish. Until that guy moves on we'll be talking to God without the middleman (Catholic Church). The new Pope is a step in the right direction and I hope something similar happens here in that we'll get a better choice for archbishop.

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jd55604Sep. 4, 13 6:06 PM

The only way this could possibly work is if we pass permanent welfare reform prior to immigration reform. This just seems like another sermon from the religious left. These people love to force their religious beliefs on the rest of us.

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bwikSep. 4, 13 6:23 PM

How generous of him to cater to his own special interest group, the Church. Of course it makes the Church more powerful. And lowers the wages of Americans - most notably African Americans. This is all because we need more workers ?! Or is it, corporations need even lower wages, and the Church needs votes and population to stem its own decline? I forget.

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raleighmamaSep. 4, 13 6:31 PM

What Archbishop Nienstedt is really saying is that he needs a bunch of new legal immigrant Catholics to donate to the church. After all, it is really all about the money isn't it? And immigration reform and a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants will be great for the Catholic Church since some 70-80% of Hispanic people are Catholic.

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kkjerSep. 4, 13 6:42 PM

I thought that if they talked politics from the pulpit they would lose there tax exemption. I am a Catholic, but this guy preaches straight from hell. He needs to be relieved of his duties. Now let him try and excommunicate me. I am a Catholic and I voted no on the gay marriage amendment. I also support women's rights, abortion, family planning and I oppose everything Neinstedt does. I also think he is a hypocrite, because the only reason he came out with this statement is self serving. We have an Hispanic Pope and neinstedt wants to a Cardinal. Neinstedt if they publish this and you read it I want you to try and excommunicate me. I will appeal all the way to the Pope himself.

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honeybooSep. 4, 13 6:50 PM

From protecting sex predators to borderless nations, the Catholic Church has gone off the deep end. I am DONE with them. And I'm pulling my kids out of their grasp too.

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wobertSep. 4, 13 7:04 PM

Thank you kkjer-It is time to revoke tax exempt status. I am tired of hearing 'religious' leaders political views.

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