As part of a statewide effort by the Catholic bishops of Minnesota, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis provided $650,000 in 2011 to the Minnesota Catholic Conference for that organization’s activities in support of a constitutional amendment on the ballot this fall defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
“Marriage as a union between one man and one woman is an essential teaching of the Church and a fundamental value that serves the common good of society,” the archdiocese stated in a Jan. 31 press release. “Similar contributions by other Minnesota-based church groups have not yet been reported. The financial support which the archdiocese has made is similar to that of other Catholic dioceses across the country facing marriage ballot proposals.”
The contribution will be reported to the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board in accordance with state campaign law, the archdiocese said, adding that the source of the funds was investment income and did not come from parish assessments, the Catholic Services Appeal or donations to parishes or to the archdiocese.
Funding levels for other priorities of the archdiocese have remained constant, or have even increased, during the past year, it said. This includes $2.8 million for elementary and secondary education, and $1.4 million for Catholic Charities programs.
“The need for an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution protecting the institution of marriage was shown again in a Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling on January 23,” the archdiocese said. “The appeals court ruled that a lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County on behalf of those who want to redefine marriage, must be sent back to the district court for further proceedings, effectively putting the institution of marriage on trial.”
For more information, visit the Minnesota Catholic Conference website.