I agree with everyone here and thank Archbishop Nienstedt for again speaking up against this organization. Since he has been here, the group has been a real source of grief for him.
However, I do wish to correct one thing that has been written here about our former Archbishop. Archbishop Flynn along with many other Bishops throughout our nation experienced his own conversion. While he did not stand up against CPCSM in the way he should have when he was first appointed, he did over time do much to move them out of power.
Up until Archbishop Harry Flynn (former Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis) addressed CPCSM, they were actually going into Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese and spreading their “reform the church about homosexuality” message. However, after a few parents vigorously complained to Archbishop Flynn, he finally addressed them and told them they were not to go into the Catholic Schools any longer.
In addition, as Archbishop Flynn’s years went on he was very careful not to give them audiences or opportunities to be acknowledged by the Archdiocese in any way. In fact, Archbishop Flynn drew hated criticism from the group claiming that he was rejected and discriminating against them. In his last two years as Archbishop, Flynn told CPCSM that they could not have a Mass during the convention they held in a near by city, because they did not represent Church teaching.
Archbishop Flynn was also very highly criticized by CPCSM because he and at that time Fr. LeVoir (who is now Bishop LeVoir of New Ulm) started the Courage and Encourage Apostolates here. For those who may not know, Courage is an Apostolate that helps men and women who experience same-sex attraction to live in chastity according to the teachings of the Church, as well as develop chaste friendships and experience God’s healing in their lives. Encourage helps families of men and women with same sex attraction to deal with the issue too. When the International Courage Apostolate had their convention here a few years back, Archbishop Flynn celebrated Mass with the group and again was blasted in the media and by CPCSM for having a Mass with the Courage group, but not allowing CPCSM to have a Mass during their convention.
While Archbishop Nienstedt has been more aggressive with the group, Archbishop Flynn did not entirely neglect his duties to directly deal with this group.