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Twin Cities’ Catholic Church Hates Seeing Its Anti-Gay DVD Get Turned Into a Pro-Gay Sculpture

Here’s a new way to lose your church job, besides being a child molesting priest (though even that still holds some job security): Put together an art installation to protest the Catholic Church distributing a DVD bashing same-sex marriage.

Lucinda Naylor, the artist in residence at the Basilica of St. Mary’s in the Twin Cities, is now on suspension after holding down the job for 15 years for planning — get this — to build a sculpture out of the very DVDs some 400,000 Catholic Minnesotans will begin receiving, paid for by an anonymous donor (NOM?).

Despite the suspension, Naylor is still working on the art installation piece, which is meant as a protest to DVDs sent out by the Catholic Church. The DVD defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and includes an appearance from Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis saying the definition of marriage should be brought before Minnesota voters.

[…] The production, in which Archbishop John Nienstedt appears, stresses the need for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota. […] However, Naylor doesn’t want to dwell on her suspension. “The church felt like they had no choice but to let me go. All I want to do is focus on creating a positive piece of art,” she said.

If it helps, I think I have a couple junked CD-Rs lying around that Naylor could turn into a cross? I think that would look nice to whatever sculpture she ends up creating. Probably something that looks like Satan, I’m sure. In that case, how about a giant dildo?

[Star Tribune, Minnesota Daily]

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  • the crustybastard

    It’s a never-ending source of amusement that the minor nobles among the Vatican’s absolute monarchy can occasionally find so much to recommend about democracy.

    Not for themselves or their congregations, naturally, but to the extent that they might use the government to apply their dogma to the infidel.

    Perhaps ordinary Catholics should inform the Magisterium that they would like to vote on whether the use of ordinary contraception should remain a sin most grave?

    Perhaps the American public should vote whether bishops, as agents of a foreign government, should be required register as such?

  • edgyguy1426

    That piece was going so well untill that last paragraph. Destroyed the seriousness of the story for me. Hire an editor, please.

  • Mark

    Let’s see, if the church is spending its money to make this DVD to send out to parishoners to protest same sex marriage, isn’t that using church funds to directly influence a political issue which in turn is in violation of their not for profit status? IRS, are you reading this???

  • the crustybastard


    Nonprofits may politic on issues, not candidates.

    I’m sure you can imagine why politicians wanted it so.

  • mick

    How about an option for bias and poorly written circular argument

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