Archbishop Nienstedt: Denies Admittance of LGBTQ Group

By Ryan Fitzgerald: MINNEAPOLIS, May  2015 ( – A pro-gay student group in Minneapolis had to relocate to a Protestant venue after the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis stepped in and canceled its planned event.

The LGBTQ Catholic Student Coalition, headed by a group of high school students, had scheduled a “LGBTQ+ Catholic Youth Summit” for May 16, last Saturday, at the Church of Christ the King, a Catholic parish.

The event was to feature Kristen Ostendorf as its keynote speaker. Ostendorf used to be a teacher of English and Religion at a local Catholic high school, until one day she blurted out that she unrepentantly lives in defiance of the Church’s teachings. Ostendorf “came out” to her co-workers, proudly proclaiming to them, “I’m gay, I’m in a relationship with a woman, and I’m happy.” This got her fired.

The alleged goal of the event was just to create a “safe space” for people with sexual disorders to discuss living their faith.

On May 10, however, less than a week before the event was to be held, the group was told by the Church of Christ the King that the archdiocesan chancery had intervened. As it turned out, they weren’t allowed to host the event.

Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in the past hasn’t been afraid to stand up for Catholic doctrine, stated, “We are concerned that the content of the proposed presentation will contradict Church teaching, leaving those in attendance, especially young people, confused about the truth of the teaching long after the May 16th presentation.”

“There are many venues in our free society to voice opposition to Church teachings regarding contentious social issues,” he said. “But,” he added, “the parishes of the Archdiocese are not the proper place where these specific activities are to be sponsored.”

They still ended up holding the summit, though, as a Protestant venue about a mile away from the Church of Christ the King was more than happy to have them. Almost 200 people reportedly attended. It was sponsored by OutFront Minnesota, a gay activist group, as well as the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, an ostensibly Catholic congregation of women religious.

Ryan Fitzgerald is a staff writer and producer for
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3 comments to Archbishop Nienstedt: Denies Admittance of LGBTQ Group

  • Patty Bennett

    Please tell Archbishop Nienstedt that we are continuing to pray for him. He is an honorable and courageous bishop. I know that he will continue to serve the Lord in his retirement. God Bless you!

  • Deacon Joseph Pasquella

    Your Excellency Archbishop Nienstedt:

    Greetings in the Powerful name of our Risen and Ascended Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ who sends us the Holy Ghost from the Father of Mercies!

    I am only a poor and lowly deacon of the church, but I wish to express my gratitude to you for obeying the words of St. Paul to the Young Bishop Timothy, “Speak the Word, be instant, in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke and exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine, and the God of peace Shall be with you”. As a successor of the Apostle,and as a conscientious, courageous Bishop, you have done what God has demanded of you with respect to Denying admittance to a Church in your jurisdiction. For far too long many of our leaders in the Church have capitulated to the prevailing “culture of death”, to the great enemies of the Church: the world, the flesh and the devil. You sir have not do so. You care little of the accolades of the culture whether they be from peers, politicians, or the world at large.

    As a partially disabled man, I offer up my pain and sufferings to Jesus for your steadfastness and protection. For we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with Principalities, Powers, with spiritual wickedness in high places. What are we to do? We follow your example as you have followed the example of St. Paul the Great Apostle to the Gentiles.

    As St. Paul continues in Ephesians chapter 6: Put one the whole armor of God and Stand. Put on the breastplate of right living, have our guts protected and bound by the Truth of the Gospel, our Feet shod with the preparedness of of study of God’s Word which is the Gospel of Peace, above all take up the shield of faith to quench all the fiery arrow of the evil one, putting on the helmet of salvation to cover our minds, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Verbum Domine, the eternal Logos, Christ Himself.

    I am reminded your Excellency of Jesus’s own battle with Satan after he fasted forty days. The Devil knows Jesus is hungry and he tries to tempt Him to turn stones to bread, and to question his sonship..ÏF you be the Son of God, commend these stones to be made bread. Jesus replies not with dialogue with the Devil, but merely quotes the Scriptures,,”It is Written, man shall not eat bread alone but every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God”..Two more times the Devil Tempts Jesus, and twice more Jesus only quotes the Holy Scripture and the devil flees from His Divine presence and Angels come to minister to Him.

    May the Angels of the Lord, especially the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, be your constant companions and protect, heal and comfort you sir.

    Love in Christ our Lord,
    Deacon Joseph

  • tg

    Good for the bishop. (What happened to the post on Father Gruner – too much controversy – that was one post I didn’t totally agree with but I didn’t get to comment on the reason.)

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