A CATHOLIC bishop in Illinois has given a clean bill of health to the Republican Party, but has slammed the Democrats for social policies that are:
Intrinsically evil and gravely sinful.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki, of Springfield, said that Catholics need to “think and pray very carefully” about their votes in the upcoming election.
My job is not to tell you for whom you should vote. But I do have a duty to speak out on moral issues.
Writing for the Catholic Times diocesan paper, he added:
I would be abdicating this duty if I remained silent out of fear of sounding ‘political’ and didn’t say anything about the morality of these issues.
He threatened voters with damnation for supporting candidates who promote actions or behaviours that are “intrinsically evil and gravely sinful”. Such support makes a voter “morally complicit” and places the eternal salvation of his or her soul in “serious jeopardy”.
While acknowledging that there are “many positive and beneficial planks” in the Democratic Party platform, some, he said, promote “serious sins” such as supporting gay marriage, and equating gay rights with human rights.
The Republicans party platform, on the other hand, has:
Nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin.
Furthermore, the platform’s support of judicial murder – allowing courts the option of imposing the death penalty in capital murder cases – is in perfect accord with the Church’s ideology. He cited the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching that the death penalty is permissible if it is the only possible way to defend human life.
He concluded his column with a prayer that God give Catholic voters:
The wisdom and guidance to make the morally right choices.