I had begun to be concerned that our Archbishop and local Archdiocese had not taken a public position on this issue as of yet. While I am sure Archbishop Nienstedt will at some point address it himself, I was happily (well at least as “happy” as on can be with such a mandate looming over us as Catholic Christians and US citizens) to find that we were actually one of the first to speak out against the possible HHS ruling, even before this was finalized.
The article linked below is written by Father Peter Laird, and was published both on the website of our fine Archdiocese as well as in the local Star Tribune, which is the largest and most influential newspaper in the state of MN. And he wrote this last August! It is well worth reading.
I should have known that we and our leadership would be ahead of the game…not behind it. I am proud and blessed to be Roman Catholic in the Archdiocese of St Paul/Minneapolis.
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