Prayers Divided Over Gay-Marriage Ban in Minnesota : NPR
Not all Catholics are onboard with the bishops.
On Tuesday nights, a group of 40 or so Catholics who oppose the amendment meet to pray the rosary at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
“We wanted to do something as a respectful sign of our dissent,” says Barb Frey, one of the organizers. “And what we also wanted to do was to reach out to other Catholics who we believe think in their heart that this is unjust and a wrong direction for our church leadership and to let them know that they’re not alone.”
The first time they showed up in April, the cathedral’s rector told them they could pray the rosary, but only in silence.
Many of those who come have gay or lesbian children.
“I have a lesbian daughter who’s in a relationship that’s very beautiful, has two little daughters,” Larry Schaeffer says. “I don’t see this relationship any different than my other two daughters or my son. Gay people are not the enemies of marriage.”
Mary Jo Spencer also has a lesbian daughter. Spencer is from “heavy Catholic stock,” as she calls it, but her patience with church hierarchy has grown thin.