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Report: Archbishop ordered priests to support or stay silent on marriage amendment

The American Independent is reporting that someone apparently leaked a speech by Archbishop Nienstedt in which he says any clergy member who disagrees with the church's support of an amendment banning same-sex marriage should remain silent. A website pushing for church reform, Progressive Catholic Voice, published the text on Thursday.
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The American Independent is reporting that someone apparently leaked a speech by Archbishop Nienstedt in which he says any clergy member who disagrees with the church's support of an amendment banning same-sex marriage should remain silent. A website pushing for church reform, Progressive Catholic Voice, published the text on Thursday.

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