Press Releases & Statements

  • Statement of the Most Reverend John M. LeVoir On the Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Legislation in Minnesota May 23, 2013

    Posted by · May 13, 2013 3:30 PM

    Same-Sex Marriage Law is Deeply Disturbing

    Same-sex marriage is now legal in Minnesota. I am deeply disturbed by this new law. Nature, reason, and Divine Revelation all tell us that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, who promise to love each other in a faithful and permanent way, which is open to the conception of children. Same-sex marriage is something totally other than this. How can two realities, so essentially different from one another, be viewed as the same according to the law?

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  • Diocese of Duluth Statement on Legislation to Redefine Marriage

    Posted by · May 13, 2013 3:30 PM

    “[Jesus] said in reply, ‘Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator “made them male and female” and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”?'” (Matthew 19:4).

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  • A Letter from Bishop Michael Hoeppner on the recent marriage law passage in MN

    Posted by · May 13, 2013 3:30 PM

    My Dear Christ’s Faithful of the Diocese of Crookston,

    Making “same-sex” unions marriage by law is unwise. Discrimination by definition is denying someone something they have a right to and the reasoning that claims it is discrimination not to recognize same-sex love relationships as marriage is false reasoning. It is false because it equates two different types of love relationships. It fails by treating things not equal as equal, by treating things that are different as the same. All people are created equal but treating them as equals does not mean that we treat them as the same. The male and female partners in a marriage relationship bring specific gifts to their union, gifts that only a man and a woman can bring, gifts that make their unique union a conjugal, marriage union.

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

    Posted by · May 13, 2013 3:30 PM

    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.

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  • Statement on Senate Vote to Redefine Marriage in Minnesota

    Posted by · May 13, 2013 10:30 AM

    St. Paul, Minn (May 13, 2013)—Today the Minnesota Senate voted to redefine marriage in Minnesota. The outcome, though expected, is no less disappointing.

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  • Statement on House Vote to Redefine Marriage in Minnesota

    Posted by · May 09, 2013 10:30 AM

    St. Paul, Minn. (May 9, 2013)—The Minnesota Catholic Conference is disappointed that the Minnesota House of Representatives has voted to redefine the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  In doing so, it has set in motion a transformation of Minnesota law that will focus on accommodating the desires of adults instead of protecting the best interest of children. This action is an injustice that tears at the fabric of society and will be remembered as such well into the future.

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  • Minnesota’s Catholic and Lutheran Bishops Urge State Lawmakers to Protect Poor in Budget Negotiations

    Posted by · April 11, 2013 10:30 AM

    St. Paul, Minn (April 11, 2013)—Minnesota’s Roman Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America bishops issued an open letter this week to members of the Minnesota House and Senate, and Gov. Dayton, urging them to ensure there is a “circle of protection” around programs serving the poor in State budget negotiations.

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  • MCC Statement on the Defeat of the Marriage Protection Amendment

    Posted by · November 07, 2012 11:00 AM

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (Nov. 7, 2012)— The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, is disappointed that Amendment 1 did not pass.  Despite this setback, our efforts to promote and defend the cornerstone social institution of marriage will continue.

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  • Minnesota Catholic Conference Mourns Passing of Former Executive Director Monsignor James D. Habiger

    Posted by · October 10, 2012 11:00 AM

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    St. Paul, Minn (October 10, 2012)—Monsignor James D. Habiger, former executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, passed away Tuesday.  He was 85.

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