Archbp. Nienstedt’s tough-love comments about the redefinition of marriage

On the site of Legatus Magazine you can read the text of a talk given this year’s Napa Institute by His Excellency Most Reverend John Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  He spoke about the family as the foundation of culture.

He has some tough-love comments for proponents of same-sex “marriage”.

Today, many evil forces have set their sights on the dissolution of marriage and the debasing of family life. Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization.  The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies.  Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God’s work on earth.

This will cause a spittle-flecked nutty or two.

Go read the whole thing.  It is valuable.

Fr. Z kudos for the straight talk.

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  1. McCall1981 says:

    Good for Archbishop Nienstedt, I feel like we’re gradually starting to see more of this kind of straight talk from some of our Bishops, which is what we sorely need.

  2. Ella says:

    What an amazing piece! I am thrilled that Archbishop Nienstedt says what is right and true regardless of the opinions of the world. May increasing numbers of the men of God do likewise!!!When I was a Baptist, I was often dismayed by those in even in the church who would excuse or even encourage divorce and were also steadfastly opposed to having more than two children. People who earnestly seek the Lord always also seek the Truth and that is too little found today. We had a young priest that gave a homily that explicitly condemned artificial birth control and abortion. Although a few people stormed out in protest, there were more who clapped in approval when he was done. It wasn’t hero worship, it was frank appreciation of the clear truth that is rare to hear in a muddled and dirty world.

  3. acardnal says:

    Here’s the video of his talk at the Napa Institute.

  4. acardnal says:

    I want to add to above that EWTN previously broadcast the recorded speeches from Napa Institute and most, if not all, are available for viewing via YouTube. Bp. Robert Morlino gave a speech there in 2012 , too!

  5. The more spittle-flecked nutties amongst the nutters, the better. Perhaps if they have enough of them, the average American might begin to recognize the nutters for what they are, functionally insane.

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer

  6. Paul H. says:

    Woohoo, that’s my Bishop!

  7. Supertradmum says:

    I would like him to visit both Ireland and Malta, whose governments have indicated in the former, the passage of ssm next year and in the latter, by Christmas. Would it not be wonderful is he could give this talk in two of the last Catholic strongholds which have slid into chaos and are getting worse daily?

    God bless this wonderful bishop and protect him from harm.

  8. SonofMonica says:

    Glad to see our bishops speaking out on this while the ship is only taking on water. I fully expect that, in my lifetime, it will be a jailable offense in the United States of America to say what this bishop just said. Evil’s fangs are not only bared, they are sinking into flesh every single day.

  9. Charles E Flynn says:

    I simply do not understand why any government claims the authority to redefine, as opposed to regulate, marriage, the oldest of all human institutions, which predates all forms of government.

    If our government passes a law declaring the moon to be made of green cheese, am I supposed to believe it?

  10. Facta Non Verba says:

    God bless Archbishop Nienstedt. Whenever he makes the news, the local newspaper, the Star Tribune, is quick to criticize. And the comments made on the website and published as letters to the editor are vile. When I read them, I think of the sermon on the mount, “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.”

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  12. PostCatholic says:

    “This will cause a spittle-flecked nutty or two.”

    I’m much less inclined lately to oblige. Even as a non-believer I concede that there’s much wisdom in a certain Palestinian teacher’s metaphor advising against the distribution of spherical nacreous gemstones to short-legged omnivorous even-toed ungulates of the family Suidae. Enjoy your rectitude.

  13. Palladio says:

    Thanks, Father Z, for posting the wonderful talk by Archbishop Nienstedt: it is wonderful, a great inspiration to the start of the day.

    God bless you!

  14. lukenicholas says:

    Archbishop Nienstedt also celebrated Mass at the Napa Institute… ad orientam. [ad orientEm, please. Getting this wrong makes you look like a certain US bishop who has lately tried to forbid priests from celebrating Mass in this time-honored, traditional, theologically superior way.]

  15. acricketchirps says:

    PC: Funny way to say not to cast pearls before swine, but HUH?

  16. Frank_Bearer says:

    Half a clap for the Niner.

    Where was this speech when gay marriage was being legalized in his own state?

    Not once did he utter the word “sacrament” until after gay marriage was legalized and he went to California.

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