My response to Reverend John Bauer

Reverend Bauer,

Thank you for your response, if you don’t mind I would like to comment on some of the points you made.

In your response you say for people with homosexual tendencies “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” Then you go on to say “it has been the consistent and constant teaching of the Catholic Church that the Sacrament of Marriage is a commitment between a man and a woman that is blessed and sanctified by God.”

I looked online and the definition of discrimination is “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things.” Wouldn’t you agree that by allowing only straight couples the Sacrament of Marriage you are discriminating against same-sex couples wishing to to do the same? You are telling one category of people they can get married and then telling another category of people they cannot; that is discrimination. By not allowing same-sex couples to get married, you are limiting the thousands of people that wish to make a commitment to each other and have that commitment blessed and sanctified by God.

I believe God would want all of his children to commit to the person they love and he would give their commitment his blessing. I think God would be disappointed in how we are using his name to discriminate and hurt each other. If you look deep enough in your heart I think you know this to be true, for this issue is hurting people. When you refer to homosexuality as a person’s “condition” you are hurting people. My brother and sister do not have a “condition” and to use that phrase is disrespectful. To use God’s name to discriminate against a group of people is disrespectful. What you are doing is hurtful and it is dividing people.

With that said, I have to ask; what do you do when God’s teachings contradict themselves, as is the case here. First they say not to discriminate and to love people with the love of Christ. You follow by saying the Sacrament of Marriage is between a man and a woman. I think in this case God would want you to remember that love conquers all. He would tell you there would be no harm in allowing two people of the same sex to share in the Sacrament of Marriage. He would remind us that he created us all equal and as long as two people are willing to make that commitment before him, it should be allowed and blessed. Only until that happens will we fully be witnessing his teachings and honoring his presence.




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5 Responses to My response to Reverend John Bauer

  1. Jeff Wilfahrt says:

    He’s gonna’ ignore this you know, he predicated that in his previous response by saying he had to make it quick because he was leaving town.

    Heaven is going bankrupt Nicole, what they really want if for the checks to clear before next Sunday.

    Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

  2. Nicole says:

    Oh yes, I know he will be ignoring it. I actually figured his response to me was a pre-written response he already had ready to go for this type of question.

    Your comment Jeff made me laugh!!!

  3. Annie says:

    Hi Nicole,

    Your mom posted a comment on my blog, and mentioned you also have a blog. I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for taking up this very important fight. It means so much when straight allies step up and stand for what they know is right. In the end, it will make all the difference.

    I think what saddens me the most is the fact that people think they actually have the right to do this. I would never cast a vote to decide if two consenting adults should be allowed to marry — it’s none of my business.

    You can learn more about me and my family (one kid, two moms, one dad — all gay) on my blog. There are a many posts that focus on these issues, but two in particular you might be interested in:

    Thanks again,


  4. Kelsey Hjelmeland says:

    We have been watching the newscasts and the responses from Cities 97…Cities 97 is basically pooping its pants right now! Brian Turner is sitting on-line responding to every comment about how he is absolutely against the ban and doesn’t want to be associated with the veiws of the MN Catholic Church. Way to go Nicole! Put on the pressure and get those buisnesses dropping like flies. Money talks and when the gays are mad they close up their wallets, and businesses know it! I love it! I absolutely love it!!!

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