Mark Ritchie gets uninvited from Catholic speaking engagement
After consultation with archdiocese officials, a Roman Catholic church in Minneapolis has rescinded a speaking invitation for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who is at the center of controversies surrounding constitutional amendments on this fall’s ballot.
Minnesota’s top election official, Ritchie was invited to speak before Mass on Aug. 12 at St. Joan of Arc Church in South Minneapolis. His talk was titled “A Spiritual Path for Democracy.”
Jim Accurso, spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, said Ritchie was not expected to address the constitutional amendments in his talk. But because he’s been a high-profile target of amendment-related criticism, his appearance is “just not appropriate,” Accurso said. [more]