|Too bad for Archbishop Nienstedt, but this is not the traditional kind of family he wants to defend.|
Here is the prayer that Archbishop Nienstedt is requesting be read at Masses in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St Paul. It's his idea of calling on God to defend traditional marriage from gays horning in on the idea. The man seems to me to have a real problem with gays, or...... in his ability to find a different issue on which to advance his career for the red gallero. Abortion, after all, is pretty much used up.
Through the powerful intercession of the Holy Family, grant to this local Church the many graces we need to foster, strengthen, and support faith-filled, holy marriages and holy families. (Problem here is Jesus had a step father and was conceived of an unwed mother. In it's time, neither situation was considered 'holy' or particularly traditional.)
May the vocation of married life, a true calling to share in your own divine and creative life, be recognized by all believers as a source of blessing and joy, and a revelation of your own divine goodness. (Nothing here to preclude gays from sharing in the blessings and joy and revelation of God's divine goodness.)
Grant to us all the gift of courage to proclaim and defend your plan for marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman in a lifelong, exclusive relationship of loving trust, compassion, and generosity, open to the conception of children. (No. Marriage has not always been this way. It's a fairly recent invention. King David had some fifty wives, (plus one serious male lover named Jonathon.) Jesus had no wives, and His mother Mary had a husband with whom she was never open to the conception of children. I am seriously not getting how the Holy Family has anything to do with Nienstedt's notion of the traditional family.)
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, who is Lord forever and ever. (But unmarried for ever and ever.)
Seriously, I think there are times cats and dogs make more sense to me than some Catholic Archbishops. And cats and dogs are not nearly so duplicitous.