Friday, October 22, 2010

Quote of the Day

[Archbishop Nienstedt] has a right and even a duty to speak out on church teachings, although he and other bishops who isolate a single, politically controversial issue at election time in a way that might provide advantage to one candidate over another should not be surprised to find themselves in the middle of the political fray.

In this case, it looks as if Archbishop Nienstedt responded to this pressure unwisely – by daring Catholics who disagreed with his [anti-gay marriage] DVD to leave the church. At least, that is what comes across in the Associated Press’ story, which quotes the archbishop as saying that Jesus told his followers to “either be hot or cold, but if you’re lukewarm, I don’t want that. So we want people who live their faith.’”

It is a very selective reading of Scripture, since Jesus is depicted time and again in the New Testament as welcoming those who were outside the fold of religious orthodoxy. He brought people to the table.

– Paul Moses
Archbishop on ‘Lukewarm’ Catholics
October 20, 2010

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