Catholic priest donated $1000 to gay ‘marriage,’ diocese mum

A Catholic priest’s donation to support redefining marriage in Minnesota has been revealed, deepening a rift between a conservative Catholic hierarchy and more liberal subordinates in the blue state over gay ‘marriage.’

The Duluth News Tribune reported Sunday that Rev. Peter Lambert of St. Louis Catholic Church in Floodwood had donated $1,000 to Minnesotans United for Families, the group fighting a constitutional marriage amendment, in March.

The Diocese of Duluth, where Lambert is stationed, has donated $50,000 to support the traditional marriage amendment. Duluth Diocese spokesman Kyle Eller told the Tribune that Lambert didn’t intend the donation to be a public statement.

“It was my understanding that Father Lambert wasn’t aware that the contribution would be made public, and it wasn’t intended to be a public statement,” said Eller, who declined further comment.

The diocese didn’t immediately respond to an email from requesting comment Tuesday.

The bishops in Minnesota have ranked among the most outspoken Catholic defenders of traditional marriage in the country in recent years. In 2010, the prelates backed a comprehensive six-week campaign to re-catechize their flock on the Church’s moral teaching on marriage and sexuality.

In January, Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis emphasized to clergy under his purview, which includes the Duluth diocese, the importance of their adherence to Church doctrine on the marriage question.

“The gravity of this struggle, and the radical consequences of inaction propels me to place a solemn charge upon you all,” he said. “On your ordination day, you made a promise to promote and defend all that the Church teaches. I call upon that promise in this effort to defend marriage. There ought not be open dissension on this issue.”

Nienstedt again urged the Catholic faithful this Sunday to support the proposed marriage amendment that will appear on the general election ballot this November.

Supporters of redefining marriage have meanwhile been targeting Catholics with their own message.

An openly homosexual religious priest from St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn. told a crowd of 200 in June that Catholics are permitted to vote against the amendment as a matter of freedom of conscience.

“I believe this amendment violates an important principle of Catholic teaching, and that as Catholics, we can vote no,” Rev. Bob Pearson said.

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5 Replies to “Catholic priest donated $1000 to gay ‘marriage,’ diocese mum”

  1. Archbishop Nienstedt needs to stay out of politics. REMEBER church and State are separate.If they are going to get involved in politics than they should not be tax exempt! I was taught as a
    Catholic that God loves everyone. To me that means gay, straight whatever. Love is love let everyone enjoy it. I am not gay. I am a widow twice and had twoo wonderful marriages. I think everyone should be able to enjoy be loved by someone else. I will vote NO and I don’ t appreciate being told by my parish priest to vote Yes. God gave me a brain and I will use it as I see fit,
    I also have been to a gay wedding and it was just as wonderful as mine were! Thanks for listening.

  2. Obviously, God does not love all. Just ask the Bishops, who converse with Him/Her/It. These people have a lot of nerve invoking morality, considering their conduct in the child molestation situation.

  3. I TOTALLY agree with you Carol. I am not gay, but, have many friends that are. Who are we to judge? It is a church made law not a GOD made law. I will be voting NO.

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