John Nienstedt, the Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul, is none too happy that he was on the losing side of marriage equality in his state. But in a speech to Catholic leaders at a conference in California, Nienstedt has upped the rhetoric, saying that marriage equality (and a lot of other things) are all a plot by Satan.
“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,” Nienstedt thundered. ‘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,”
Now you know where Nienstedt is coming from when he cites Maggie Gallagher as an authority in his speech. And Nienstedt has long been a hard-liner on gay issues. After all, this is the man who once told a parishioner she would go to hell if she didn’t reject her gay son. (He’s a little short on pastoral skills.)
Still, when Nienstedt looks out in the pews, he must see Satan staring back at him. Catholics are more likely to support marriage equality than non-Catholic voters.