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Some MN Catholics lament amendment fight divisions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's Catholic bishops worked hard to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage -- and lost. Now some Catholics say the church needs to acknowledge the effort left divisions that haven't healed.

They include Kathleen Nuccio of Cohasset a cantor and choir member at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. She hosted fundraisers and ran phone banks to encourage Catholics to defeat the amendment. She tells Minnesota Public Radio the lack of dialogue left many Catholics with no ways to express themselves except by withholding donations, and even leaving the church.

But Jim Accurso, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, disputes anecdotal reports that Catholics are staying away from Mass or reducing their giving. He says the church has seen no evidence of that.

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