Former priests speak out against marriage amendment

Published 9:48 am Friday, May 18, 2012

From left are retired Catholic priests Fr. John Brandes, Fr. Timothy Power and Fr. Thomas Garvery near the Lake Harriet bandshell in Minneapolis.

By Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio News

As Minnesota voters prepare to go to the polls this fall, the Catholic Church has mounted a major effort to convince them to approve a constitutional amendment that would only allow marriage between men and women.

But Catholics are not united behind the church’s official position, a point made clear Thursday, when a group representing 80 former Catholic priests spoke out against the marriage amendment. They said the amendment violates Christian principles of love and justice.

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Also coming forward to oppose the amendment were John Brandes, Tom Garvey and Tim Power, three retired priests who are still part of the church. They also came forward to oppose the amendment, putting them on a collision course with John C. Nienstedt, the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who last year informed all priests that they could not publicly dissent.

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