Minn. Secretary of State’s talk at Minneapolis Catholic church postponed
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s scheduled speech at a Minneapolis Catholic church this month has been postponed in the wake of his controversial efforts to change wording of proposed constitutional amendments, church officials say.
Leaders at St. Joan of Arc initially said Wednesday morning their invitation to hear Ritchie talk before mass on Aug. 12 had not been rescinded.
But a spokesman for the church later confirmed in the afternoon Ritchie’s talk entitled “A Spiritual Path for Democracy” would likely be rescheduled sometime after the Nov. 6 election.
St. Joan spokesman Dennis Heaney said Ritchie’s talk had attracted “such media attention we figured out of courtesy to our community and Mr. Ritchie it’s best to postpone at this time.”
“It really has generated … such a furor, we thought we just have to back off from this. It was really meant to be …kind of a learning opportunity for our parishioners. We just have to back away from this now and let things kind of quiet down before we even thing about rescheduling it.”
Archdiocesan spokesman Jim Accurso maintained Wednesday morning the invitation to Ritchie was in the process of being rescinded. Minnesota Catholic bishops have been fierce supporters of the proposed marriage amendment.
Ritchie, a Democrat, is seeking to rewrite titles for both the marriage and photo ID amendments, but supporters of the amendments argue the changes are politically motivated, misleading and could hinder chances for passage. [more]