John M. Becker

WATCH: Gay Reporter Grills Anti-Gay MN Archbishop

Filed By John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Catholic Church, double standard, hypocrisy, John Nienstedt, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tom Lyden

nienstedt-awkward-interview.pngHere's your must-see TV for the day.

As regular Bilerico readers will know, Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt is currently under investigation for allegations that he covered up sexual abuse and possession of child pornography by priests, as well as multiple claims that he engaged in sexual relationships with seminarians, priests, and other men. He's also one of the most outspoken homophobes in the American Catholic Church.

Last week, as local Catholics and even the state's largest newspaper were calling for his resignation, Nienstedt granted a round of interviews to a host of media outlets, including local Fox affiliate KMSP-TV, which sent openly gay reporter and anchor Tom Lyden to chat with the archbishop.

According to City Pages, Lyden is married to his partner of more than two decades and is outspoken in his support of LGBT equality. As you can imagine, that made for quite an interesting conversation:

Lyden... grilled Nienstedt about his own sexuality and anti-gay views. The line of questioning culminated in the archbishop acknowledging that his beliefs about the sinfulness of same-sex sexual relations don't seemingly make much sense at all.

Lyden pulls no punches, calling out point-blank the undeniable and irreconcilable contradiction between Nienstedt's claims that gays "deserve the respect and the dignity of their personhood" and his (and the Catholic Church's) insistence that we live celibate, sexless lives. He said, "Tell me," Lyden asked, "why should I lead the life of a priest?"

Nienstedt responds by telling Lyden that it's natural to "express [himself] sexually through a committed relationship"... just not the committed relationship the reporter has with his husband. Then the archbishop echoes the same ridiculous lie I heard from my "therapist" in the Bachmann clinic: that God doesn't actually make gay people at all, but rather, he creates all humans "to express ourselves sexually between a man and a woman in a committed married relationship."

Watch, after the break.

And just in case you need a refresher, here's a list of Nienstedt's worst anti-LGBT moments:

h/t: Joe. My. God.


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