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Suffering for his sins: MN Archbishop frames h'sexuality as a burden or illness

by Jeremy Hooper

Archbishop-NienstedtThe archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, John Nienstedt, doesn't want to foster discrimination against gay people. No, no -- he just wants to tell Minnesotans that gays "suffer" with "same-sex attraction" and hope that sort of stigmatization will play out nicely for all involved:

"By participating in this public debate about the future of marriage, I would never, ever want to encourage any discrimination toward people with same-sex attractions. There are known cases where such individuals or groups have been ostracized, bullied and thus driven to physical or emotional pain. Yes, we have to and we are reaching out to such people and will continue to do so. But the answer to injustices against those who suffer with same-sex attraction cannot be the redefinition of marriage. That would simply compound one injustice with another and would definitely not be the compassionate or loving thing to do."
FULL INTERVIEW: National Catholic Register

That's the way he plans to reduce discrimination for incoming generations of gay kids -- by telling them that certain orientations are meant to be suffered through rather than experienced (and certainly not enjoyed)? That's going to ease emotional pain? Really?

Couple this with the ongoing war on contraception, and I just have to say: Catholic church, you are officially cut off from teaching anyone I love anything about protection!

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