Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstadt responded to a parishioner’s letter by telling her that she should reject her gay son or she too will go to hell.
This past weekend, the Star-Tribune published Nienstedt’s letter as part of a story on his campaign to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
The letter dates to May 2010, and is a reply to a note from a mother asking for “acceptance for her gay child.”
I write to inform you that the teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality, as described in paragraphs 2357 and 2358 and 2359 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is rooted in Scripture and based on the Natural Moral Law.
It therefore shares in God’s revelation to us. Catholics are bound in conscience to believe this teaching. Those who do not cannot consider themselves to be Catholic and ought not to participate in the sacramental life of the Church. Indeed, some might find this is a hard saying by many of Jesus’ teachings were likewise received as such.
I urge you to reconsider the position that you expressed in your letter. Your eternal salvation may well depend upon a conversation of heart on this topic.
Yowza, that’s a bit sterner than the usual “love the sinner, hate the sin,” garbage we usually hear from the religious crowd!
In a statement condemning Nienstedt’s letter, Truth Wins Out’s John Becker stated:
“Telling the parent of an LGBT child that she ‘ought not to participate in the sacramental life of the Church’ unless she renounces her pro-equality views—and that her ‘eternal salvation may well depend upon’ her willingness to accept the Catholic Church’s anti-gay teachings— is spiritual bullying of the highest order and utterly reprehensible. What kind of spiritual leader demands that a mother reject her child in order to save her soul?”
Good question, John.