Vote Anti-Choice Or Your Soul Is In Jeopardy, Bishop Tells Catholics

The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, David Ricken, has sent a strong message to the 304,614 Catholics living in his diocese.

In his letter, the Bishop urged parishioners living in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, to vote for candidates who follow the Catholic teachings on life and family issues or risk putting their souls in jeopardy.

This seems to be in line with the Pope deciding that gays are not fully developed humans, or telling nuns that they should stop focusing on working with the poor or disagreeing with bishops about health care reform.

Here’s an excerpt from Ricken’s letter, dated October 24, as reported in The Raw Story:

A well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program that contradicts fundamental contents of faith and morals. Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these as their party or their personal political platform. To vote for someone in favor of these positions means that you could be morally complicit with these choices which are intrinsically evil. This could put your own soul in jeopardy.

“Morally complicit”? “Intrinsically evil”? Scary words, indeed. Rickens continues by “reminding” the faithful of what principles to abide by when voting on November 6, including on such issues as abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and gay marriage.

Whatever happened to separation of Church and State?

Well, the letter does not actually tell the congregation whether they should vote Democratic or Republican. That’s because even a Catholic bishop is not allowed to go that far: the Internal Revenue Code has an amendment that prohibits tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, including churches, from intervening in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate.

According to The Raw Story, Bishop Ricken covered himself by using this masterful example of double-speak at a press conference last Saturday:

My letter should not be misunderstood as an endorsement of any political candidate or party. The church does not endorse political candidates or political parties.

But isn’t the Bishop threatening eternal damnation if his Catholic followers don’t obey his suggestions? Yet another example of the “un-Christian” behavior of the Christian leaders in the US.

As Town Hall reports, this is potentially important because Catholics make up more than 25 percent of the population of Wisconsin, or 1.5 million people, according to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies 2010 U.S. Religion Census.

On the other hand, plenty of Catholics have been standing up to the party line recently, as Care2 noted here. And as the Vatican has turned its fury toward the nation’s largest and most influential group of Catholic nuns, accusing them of “promoting radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith,” the Catholic church seems increasingly split between the conservative hardliners and the more liberal, progressive Catholics, who see their religion as a call to social action.

But given that Wisconsin has a vital role to play in the upcoming election, Bishop David Ricken has made a calculated, well-timed play, which could have powerful consequences. Let’s hope the Catholic voters  in Wisconsin can see this political maneuvering for what it is.


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Michael T.
Michael T3 years ago

It's highly recommended that one should take in the news these days to be more adequately informed about what is going on not just in the world but here at home in America.

And I would recommend looking at all news sources even on the net as mainstream media is controlling what to tell the public often saying little that is meaningful. Because you must remain informed about what is going on, how certain elements of our country is and has been pushing at laws to control people in ways that shouldn't be happening.

Their outlook is that they have the right to do this to other people and cite several examples none of which do anything to support their claims. A number of others who are neither on their side but claim the same roots, and yet won't speak up for the wrongs these others do.

Peter C.
Peter Camp3 years ago

I am rather new to Care2causes. I have found many, many people (what they are writing) to be very intollerant, biased, prejudice and 100% guilty of what they attacking others for. I am really waking up from being naive. I knew there were people who did not like Catholics, Jewish, Hindus, and other people groups but i thought it was the less educated or the poor. Aren't we suppose to be more mature here at Care2causes? Can't i be a Catholic if I want to without being attacked? Can I be a Budist, a Christian, or an agnostic? And can't I adhere to or "believe in" my belief system? Or, am I wrong not to believe in your belief system? I did not know their were so many people so deeply prejudice in this day in a forum like this.

Trish K.
Trish K5 years ago

We need to heavily tax these institutions that cross the line between religion and state. Are we becoming the American Taliban ? I hope someone is keeping score on these moralistic, judicious hypocrites who are preaching politics from the pulpit. It is a Shame a Sham and the church is an Industry here to fleece their flocks. WAKE UP

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

I think one man tends to run the Catholic church, although he's certain he's doing it for God.

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

Tricia that sounds like The Shoes of the Fisherman, when the Pope finally sells all Church property to avert a nuclear war triggered by hungry people (Chinese?).

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

That sounds about right with regard to the Catholics. We don't come right out and say it, but we tend to get the idea we really ought to.... also.

Catholics (and maybe some Protestants) think God running your entire life (and that is His goal) includes what you do in secret in the polling place. For that matter it certainly includes the bedroom.

Klaus Peters
Klaus Peters5 years ago

The Catholic church is totally out of touch from reality, it is not funny anymore. The Vatican has lost it years ago, not even mentioning their perverted priests!

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton5 years ago

The cathoic religion is not with the humans who actually have to live their lives without any help. SELL YOUR GOLD CATHOLIC CHURCHES AND HELP THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE MOST.

Miriam B.
Miriam B5 years ago

Thank God I am not religious, hahahaha. Even if I was, I couldn't care less about what a stupid, power sick (and probably child molesting *trollface*) bishop says about anything.