Originally posted at the Friendly Atheist: Hemant Mehta writes on a group of Catholics that protested against a Bishop who distributed anti-gay DVDs by having the DVDs sent to the organizers of a website and encouraging donations to aid the poor. While I agree with Hemant that leaving the Church would be a stronger statement, these actions should be encouraged and condoned.
After local Catholic bishops sent out 400,000 DVDs to churchgoers telling them “there should be a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota,” one group of Catholics decided to fight back. And they brought 3,000 of the DVDs back with them.
The project’s organizer, Bob Radecki, of Burnsville, said the group was denied a meeting with Archbishop John Nienstedt to discuss the DVD controversy. Nienstedt directed them to put their concerns in writing.
In response, Radecki, his wife and a half-dozen like-minded Catholics from various metro parishes created ReturnTheDVD.org, which urged people to send them the DVDs and use the website to donate to causes that aid the poor. He said the group has received more than $10,000 in donations.
“These Catholics feel the church hierarchy’s priorities are misguided and that the DVD mailing was an extreme measure targeting a group of people who deserve the same love, compassion and acceptance that Christ shows each of us,” according to a letter from the group addressed to Nienstedt.
It’s not as big of a statement as publicly leaving the Church altogether would have made, but I like the gesture. Especially in a Church that takes hierarchy so seriously, telling higher-ups that they’re wrong on an issue is incredibly important.
Let’s get more Catholics to do the same thing.