CNN covers the ongoing controversy in the Minnesota Catholic community surrounding the distribution of 400,000 DVDs to the local faithful by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt. Financed by the Knights of Columbus and anonymous donors, the DVDs offer a strong reminder that the Catholic Church opposes same-sex marriage, and exhorts faithful Catholics to voice their opposition as well.
It is laughable to think that a Catholic today who has any semblance of a relationship with the Church could possibly forget that its hierarchy opposes same-sex marriage. One may rightly wonder what kind of wisdom was at work in spending presumably significant resources on this initiative. All over the country, food banks are more crowded than ever, foreclosures continue at unprecedented levels, and the need for basic human necessities remains alarmingly high. And yet it appears that the Church in Minnesota spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the production and mailing of anti-gay marriage propaganda? Some Catholics may support the position of the Archbishop Nienstedt in particular and the hierarchy in general, and others may disagree strongly. But to spend precious resources—time and money—on a project such as this, at a time when so many people are in need, certainly merits closr examination. We are compelled as Catholics to care for those in need, and with a limited supply of resources, we will do wisely to reflect thoroughly on how we use them.