A former presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has asked the Minnesota Catholic bishops to re-think their opposition to marriage equality. In an op-ed open letter published in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rev. Herbert W. Chilstrom tells the bishops’ that their support of the “so-called marriage protection amendment” is “a significant mistake.”
Rev. Chilstrom offers a suggestion to the bishops. It is one which New Ways Ministry and other Catholics have made to the hierarchy for many years:
“Let me put out a challenge to each of you brothers. Invite 15 gay and lesbian persons from your respective areas, one at a time, to spend two hours with you. . . . When you have finished your time with these sisters and brothers in Christ, spend a quiet hour reflecting on a single question: ‘As I understand the heart of my Savior Jesus, how would he treat these sons and daughters of my church?’ “
Let’s hope and pray that the Catholic bishops will heed this advice coming from one of their brothers in the faith.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry