Archbishop John Nienstedt: Differences on marriage remain, as does common ground

Originally published as an OpEd in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 8, 2012.

In our democracy, citizens elect representatives and propose, through these officials, policies that they believe best serve the common good.

The Church’s public advocacy of support for the Marriage Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is rooted in her commitment to advance the common good for human society. This is the same spirit that guides the Church’s pursuit of economic justice, healthcare and immigration reform, and the defense of human life and dignity from conception to natural death. Faithful Catholics believe they must stand up for policies that promote the common good, even when they are unpopular.