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    Dec082011

    Gay marriage - a Lutheran leader's plea to Catholic bishops

    By Herbert W. Chilstrom, Minnesota Star-Tribune Commentary - December 8, 2011

    To My Brothers -- The Catholic Bishops of Minnesota: 

    In 1976 I was elected a Lutheran bishop in Minnesota -- one of seven such Lutheran leaders in the state. Over the next years one of the highlights of my time in office was the annual noon-to-noon retreat with our eight Catholic counterparts in the state.

    The bond that developed between us was deep and respectful. We shared our differences; we celebrated our likenesses. My friendship with Archbishop John Roach and Bishop Raymond Lucker, in particular, is a blessing I will treasure as long as I live. [Read Full Story]

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