A warning from a Catholic Bishop about your vote

By Tom Quiner

The Catholic vote may decide this election.

Catholics swung to Obama decisively four years ago. A Pew poll shows they’ve swung decisively back toward Republicans nationally. Their party platform has generated a strong rebuke from Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Springfield, Illinois diocese. He talked about the whole “God” controversy and His original exclusion from their platform:

Bishop Thomas Popricki

“After outcries of protest from outside as well as within the Democratic Party, the sentence with the same reference to God used in 2008 was restored to read, “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”

Before anyone relaxes and concludes that all is well now that the Democratic Party Platform contains a single passing reference to God, the way that this was done should give us pause. Convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa had to call for the voice vote three times because each time the sound level for the “ayes” and the “nays” sounded about even, far short of the two-thirds necessary according to convention rules to amend the platform. That did not stop the convention chairman from declaring, “The ayes have it!”

What is troubling about that is the blatant disregard for the rules and for the apparent wishes of about half the delegates. The reference to God is back in the platform apparently because President Obama wanted it back in. That may be fine for now, but if a future president wants references to God taken out, apparently that can be done regardless of the wishes of the delegates if that is what The Leader wants. That does not bode well for democracy in the Democratic Party.”

The Bishop characterized key elements of Democrat’s platform as being intrinsically evil:

“In 1992 Presidential candidate Bill Clinton famously said that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare” … Apparently “rare” is so last century that it had to be dropped, because now the Democratic Party Platform says that abortion should be “safe and legal.” Moreover the Democratic Party Platform supports the right to abortion “regardless of the ability to pay.” Well, there are only three ways for that to happen: either taxpayers will be required to fund abortion, or insurance companies will be required to pay for them (as they are now required to pay for contraception), or hospitals will be forced to perform them for free.

Moreover, the Democratic Party Platform also supports same-sex marriage, recognizes that “gay rights are human rights,” and calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law signed by President Clinton in 1996 that defined marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman.

Now, why am I mentioning these matters in the Democratic Party Platform? There are many positive and beneficial planks in the Democratic Party Platform, but I am pointing out those that explicitly endorse intrinsic evils. My job is not to tell you for whom you should vote. But I do have a duty to speak out on moral issues. 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.”

Here’s the chilling significance to the Bishop’s warning about voting for Democrats:

“I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against, but I am saying that you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.”

This is strong stuff. Pray hard, very hard, before you cast your ballot. I know I will.


  1. abcinsc on October 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Reblogged this on The Peanut Gallery and commented:
    The Voting Booth has become a Confessional Booth for every believer. Our “secret ballot” is no secret from God.

  2. onetenthblog on October 5, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Reblogged this on One Tenth Blog.

  3. Bob Vance on October 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Let me paraphrase here:
    “I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against, but ….” it better not be Democrat because then you will burn in Hell.


    • quinersdiner on October 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Nothing funny about supporting intrinsic evil, Bob. Not every Democrat supports these issues. On the other hand, some Republicans do. The Bishop says these are positions contrary to Catholic principle, regardless of the party. I miss the humor.

    • Karen Quiner on October 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      If the republican party suddenly switched and became the party that pushes the culture of death, I would vote democrat. It would be difficult for me but I would do it. There is no greater evil in the history of the world than the slaughter of millions of innocents in the womb that is taking place around the world today, and especially in this country.

      Our church cannot legally tell us to vote democrat or republican. They can however, tell us that abortion is an intrinsic evil and that that should be our highest priority when we decide who to vote for.

      Our church tells us that we cannot vote for a candidate who supports and pushes abortion rights.

      There is NO justification for abortion. It is evil and it is morally repugnant.