Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Faithbusters. Who you gonna call?

Two archbishops from opposite sides of the earth, two very different points of view.  The gentle, charismatic Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa, having devoted much of his long life to the fight against apartheid, now stands up for gay rights because he says justice demands that he do so.

Meanwhile, Roman Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, a gent who is a bit less of a household name than Archbishop Tutu, is off on a rant, claiming that Satan (seriously!) is the force behind gay marriage, sodomy, condoms, pornography and lots of other bad things.

Eh? Are these two guys working for the same Divine?  I know who I’m gonna call.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, come on down!

People are killed because they're gay. I don't think, 'What do I want to do today? I want to speak up on gay rights.' No. It's God catching me by the neck.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says God has commanded him to speak out on gay rights.

The 81-year-old retired Anglican bishop, who gained notoriety speaking out against apartheid in South Africa, says he is speaking out on gay rights not because he wants to but because he must.

"Anywhere where the humanity of people is undermined, anywhere where people are left in the dust, there we will find our cause," Tutu told Religion News Service. "Sometimes you wish you could keep quiet. It's the kind of thing you heard the prophet Jeremiah complain of where he says, 'You know God, I didn't want to be a prophet and you made me speak words of condemnation against a people I love deeply. Your word is like a fire burning in my breast.'"

by Jay Michaelson
Huffington Post

Fornicators beware: sodomy, condoms and pornography are the work of the devil.

That's the message of a speech posted online last week by the Catholic Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, John C. Nienstedt. A controversial religious leader with a stridently anti-gay stance, Nienstedt originally made the comments while speaking to the conservative Napa Institute Conference on August 2. The speech detailed the importance of family, as well as the devil's multiple attempts to weaken the institution of heterosexual marriage. 

"Today, many evil forces have set their sights on the dissolution of marriage and the debasing of family life," Nienstedt said. "Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God’s work on earth."