A Statement from Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona, Regarding the Redefinition of Marriage in Minnesota

WINONA, MN – May 15, 2013 – The Governor of Minnesota, on May 14, 2013 signed into law legislation, that redefined the legal definition of marriage. It is very disappointing that Minnesota law will now put the desires of adults ahead of the best interests of children, and ignore the importance of families that are founded on the marriage of one man and one woman as the foundation of society. The Diocese of Winona remains grateful for the elected officials who demonstrated great courage in defending marriage and voted against this legislation.

In our parishes, Catholic schools, and in all catechetical programs, every effort will be made to promote the true meaning of marriage. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and is a natural institution found in every culture throughout human history. It is also a gift from our Creator.

To our brothers and sisters with same-sex attraction, the Church extends its love and pastoral support and also to their families. God loves you, and you are invited to join us in a life of conversion and communion with Him.

While there are many cultural challenges to living the Gospel and to embracing the life-giving teachings of the Church, the victory is already won for us in Jesus Christ. We live in hope, because “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” John 14:26.

Pentecost is the completion of the Easter celebration of the Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ, and the movement of the Church out into the world, to proclaim the Gospel to every land and culture. Jesus Christ breathed the Holy Spirit upon the Church to give His people courage to preach and teach the truth of the Gospel with love and compassion. Come, Holy Spirit, Come!

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. John M. Quinn
Bishop of Winona, Minnesota