Catholics return 3000 Anti-gay DVDs to Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdioceses

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    Dec 10, 2010 10:27 PM GMT
    http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/111641879.html?elr=KArksUUUoDEy3LGDiO7aiU

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    A group of Catholic protesters will go to the archbishop's office in St. Paul Friday to return about 3,000 DVDs the archdiocese mailed out to support a ban on gay marriage.

    The project's organizer, Bob Radecki, of Burnsville, said the group was denied a meeting with Archbishop John Nienstedt to discuss the DVD controversy. Nienstedt directed them to put their concerns in writing.

    The DVDs were mailed by Minnesota bishops just before the November elections to about 400,000 Catholics in the state. In the DVD, Nienstedt stresses there should be a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota.

    In response, Radecki, his wife and a half-dozen like-minded Catholics from various metro parishes created ReturnTheDVD.org, which urged people to send them the DVDs and use the website to donate to causes that aid the poor. He said the group has received more than $10,000 in donations.

    "These Catholics feel the church hierarchy's priorities are misguided and that the DVD mailing was an extreme measure targeting a group of people who deserve the same love, compassion and acceptance that Christ shows each of us," according to a letter from the group addressed to Nienstedt.

    Radecki said the group received more than 3,500 DVDs but gave about 1,000 to artist Lucinda Naylor, who used them to create a wave-shaped sculpture as a symbolic protest.


    The only thing I have to ask as a formerly practicing Catholic is if they accept DVDs that were snapped in half. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 10, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    It would be interesting for someone up there, to do research about how many child abusing Priests have been quietly transferred or their activities against boys just covered up to avoid bad publicity. Once this research is done, there should be an advertisement showing the hypocracy of preaching against gay marriage which would be 'legitimate' as apposed to Priests abusing boys. I'll bet there's some cases there to expose that idiot.
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    Dec 10, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
    realifedad said It would be interesting for someone up there, to do research about how many child abusing Priests have been quietly transferred or their activities against boys just covered up to avoid bad publicity. Once this research is done, there should be an advertisement showing the hypocracy of preaching against gay marriage which would be 'legitimate' as apposed to Priests abusing boys. I'll bet there's some cases there to expose that idiot.
    Or in general how many people who are homophobic yet actually gay in general.

    Although the DVDs totally give the church bad press. Agreed.
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    Dec 10, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
    I'm so proud of Bob Radecki for taking the lead on this! We were classmates at St. John's U. (MN); he was a great guy then, and he's a great guy now!
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    Dec 11, 2010 5:17 AM GMT
    Thanks for posting this Bull, it's always heartening to hear that there are authentic grassroots responses like this happening out there. :-)
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    Dec 11, 2010 5:24 AM GMT
    The problem with false belief systems is that they are false.

    It's high time folks stood up to them.
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    Dec 11, 2010 11:42 AM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidhttp://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/111641879.html?elr=KArksUUUoDEy3LGDiO7aiU

    I'm glad to hear you're a former practicing Catholic. Those gays who still stay in the Catholic, Mormon, and evangelical/fundamentalist churches appall me. We even get some Jack Mormons here telling us how great the Mormons are. Aaargh. We know who are enemies are, and they are primarily these three churches. They will do anything and everything to stop us from having equal human and civil rights, not "special" rights. If they get into the political ring, they're going to get hit; and we're not just going to roll over and play dead. We're going to fight them tooth and nail until we get the rights we're entitled to.
    Star Tribune
    A group of Catholic protesters will go to the archbishop's office in St. Paul Friday to return about 3,000 DVDs the archdiocese mailed out to support a ban on gay marriage.

    The project's organizer, Bob Radecki, of Burnsville, said the group was denied a meeting with Archbishop John Nienstedt to discuss the DVD controversy. Nienstedt directed them to put their concerns in writing.

    The DVDs were mailed by Minnesota bishops just before the November elections to about 400,000 Catholics in the state. In the DVD, Nienstedt stresses there should be a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota.

    In response, Radecki, his wife and a half-dozen like-minded Catholics from various metro parishes created ReturnTheDVD.org, which urged people to send them the DVDs and use the website to donate to causes that aid the poor. He said the group has received more than $10,000 in donations.

    "These Catholics feel the church hierarchy's priorities are misguided and that the DVD mailing was an extreme measure targeting a group of people who deserve the same love, compassion and acceptance that Christ shows each of us," according to a letter from the group addressed to Nienstedt.

    Radecki said the group received more than 3,500 DVDs but gave about 1,000 to artist Lucinda Naylor, who used them to create a wave-shaped sculpture as a symbolic protest.


    The only thing I have to ask as a formerly practicing Catholic is if they accept DVDs that were snapped in half. icon_smile.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 11, 2010 5:42 PM GMT
    Lets hope that Minnesota will uphold its progressive, libertarian image by rejecting any anti-gay marriage ban into its state constitution and tell the hypocritical Roman Catholic Church exactly where to head with their ignorant, homophobic doctrines.
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    Dec 11, 2010 5:46 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidLets hope that Minnesota will uphold its progressive, libertarian image by rejecting any anti-gay marriage ban into its state constitution and tell the hypocritical Roman Catholic Church exactly where to head with their ignorant, homophobic doctrines.


    We're working on it, roadbike! We kept a real douchebag out of the governor's office...just barely, but we did it.

    And we have Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, who are good old-fashioned (!) Minnesota DFL-Progressives.


    Then again, we also have Michele Bachmann....icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 12, 2010 6:48 AM GMT
    OtterJoq said
    We're working on it, roadbike! We kept a real douchebag out of the governor's office...just barely, but we did it.
    And we have Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, who are good old-fashioned (!) Minnesota DFL-Progressives.
    Then again, we also have Michele Bachmann....icon_rolleyes.gif


    I know--Minnesota politics are a total mystery to me, kinda like Georgia, with it's harmonious mix of regressive secessionist politics, free university tuition, and the Atlanta free hospital. I just don't understand.
  • helios01

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    Dec 12, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    I'm catholic and it breaks my heart to hear the leaders of my faith do this icon_sad.gif
    plz dont hate catholicism because its main message is beautiful, its just the misguided conservative priests that need to be inspired once again by the holy ghost.... icon_sad.gif ..... now im depressed :/
  • Menergy_1

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    Dec 12, 2010 3:34 PM GMT
    here's a link to a newspaper article about the return of the DVDs and the OUTSTANDING letter to the Archbishop which accompanied them.
    http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/minnesota/3000-catholic-anti-gay-marriage-dvds-returned-dec-10-2010


    Bravo! Awesome!
  • tazzari

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    Dec 13, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
    And remember that for everyone who sent in a copy, there were several more who agreed, but didn't get around to it. There is a large middle ground who are basically on our side.
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    Dec 13, 2010 12:06 AM GMT
    It is always good to know that their are compassionate people who believe in god more than organised religion.
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    Dec 13, 2010 12:12 AM GMT
    helios01 saidI'm catholic and it breaks my heart to hear the leaders of my faith do this icon_sad.gif
    plz dont hate catholicism because its main message is beautiful, its just the misguided conservative priests that need to be inspired once again by the holy ghost.... icon_sad.gif ..... now im depressed :/
    That was the point of posting the message in the first place. Basically, they're more or less screaming "we're not going to take it!" as they return the DVDs and giving the bird to the leaders. As I will be doing as well... as soon as I find that damn DVD, so I'm pretty much proof that Tazzari is also spot on with the money. icon_smile.gif