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Catholic Bishop: Vote For A Democrat And You’ll Probably Go To Hell

by David Badash on September 26, 2012

in News,Politics,Religion

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Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says that any Catholic who votes for a Democrat very well may go to Hell, because a vote for any member of a party that supports sin makes the voter “morally complicit.” Paprocki names the Log Cabin Republicans and  “pro-choice” (scare quotes his) Republicans as “equally as wrong as their Democratic counterparts.”

Never mind the fact that the Bishop very well may be in violation of IRS regulations and exposing his church to losing its tax-exempt status, the mind-boggling idea that voting for a Democrat will make you go to Hell should cause grave concern for the one who uses their office — namely, Bishop Paprocki — to preach hate in a threatening manner.

Yesterday, Roman Catholic Archbishop John Myers published a 16-page fear-mongering letter comparing gay marriage to incest and warned marriage equality will lead to laws imprisoning priests.

READ: Archbishop Publishes Fear-Mongering Policy Comparing Gay Marriage To Incest

And on Sunday, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago told 400 couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries that the marriages of same-sex couples are merely “friendships.

Paprocki is the Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, and points out that while there “are many positive and beneficial planks in the Democratic Party Platform,” his love of God forces him to  point 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. People of faith object to these platform positions that promote serious sins. I know that the Democratic Party’s official “unequivocal” support for abortion is deeply troubling to pro-life Democrats.

Certainly there are “pro-choice” Republicans who support abortion rights and “Log Cabin Republicans” who promote same-sex marriage, and they are equally as wrong as their Democratic counterparts. But these positions do not have the official support of their party.

Again, 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.

Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch notes:

In the Catholic Times, the official newspaper of the Springfield diocese, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki uses the manufactured controversy about mentioning “God” in the Democratic Platform to argue that the Democrats are hostile to faith, and went on to attack Democrats for endorsing gay rights and opposing the criminalization of abortion. He said those two planks demonstrate that the Democrats “explicitly endorse intrinsic evils,” while noting that he has “read the Republican Party Platform and there is nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin.”

Bishop Paprocki “is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance as well as the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty,” according to his biography.

There are less than six weeks to the election.

Given that Mitt Romney is currently losing by such an incredibly vast margin, it’s no wonder the crazies are coming out of the cracks. But to threaten Hell for voting for a Democrat? This man, who clearly cannot be accused of being a “deep thinker,” deserves to be defrocked.

UPDATE: A reader remarks on our Facebook page, “I’m from Springfield, IL. This is not the Springfield I know. Obama announced his candidacy as President on the steps of our capital building and it will take a hell of a lot more than the words of a man in a dress to turn our backs on him.”



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michellejgould September 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

This is not the word

InvokeRights September 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

"…and warned marriage equality will lead to laws imprisoning priests."

You mean because of all the rape cases that priests have had to succumb to? Riiight, you guys are above the law, right? *Slap*

"…his love of God forces him to point out “those that explicitly endorse intrinsic evils.”"

You mean like preaching hate. *Slap*

"…the Bishop very well may be in violation of IRS regulations and exposing his church to losing its tax-exempt status…"

And should lose their tax-exempt status. MY personal view is that no religion should be 'tax exempt', but meh, whichever.

Anyway, I'm all outta slaps…anyone else care to tack on? LOL

rakastettu September 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I love the comedy of a man wearing a dress and costume jewelry taking about make believe who thinks he can bully people into voting for a man who believes that there were Jews in America in 600 BCE; that Native Americans are descended from people who are totally evil; that his holy book was written in reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics chiseled onto gold tablets that no one has ever seen; that God lives on a planet called Kolob with his divine harem and changed his mind about black people being descended from demons in the 1980s; and thinks that airplane windows should open in case of a fire.

The only conclusion to be reached from this mountain of evidence is that either the Roman Catholic Church is full of people with no critical thinking skills, or all the reasonable people have been cowed into aquiescence on threat of eternal damnation (which comes back to the lack of critical thinking).

BJLincoln September 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Tax them all! I read that a bunch of religious leaders are trying to get the attention of the IRS for playing politics. I wish the IRS would wake up and charge these people. One of the rules of being tax exempt is you can not play politics so tax them. If you want to play you have to pay!

Chairman Kaga September 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm

"…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."

Apparently he hasn't looked very hard at what the Republicans have done lately.

James_M_Martin September 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Naw, they will only go to Purgatory. Then we can pay the priests to buy them out, pay indulgences like.

MsFitnes01 September 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

This Bishop obviously has not ready the catechism of the Catholic church! According to the catechism of the Catholic church, CATHOLICS CAN'T VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY because he profited millions of dollars on aborted fetuses….HE INVESTED IN ABORTION which is AGAINST THE PRO-LIFE BELIEFS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH! But most Catholics would rather go to hell than to actually read their catechism and admit the truth!!! Most Catholics probably don't even own a catechism to read to begin with!

Seatnai September 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

Awesome! The stupid priest appears to have broken the law and violated the separation of church and state.

EdinOcala September 27, 2012 at 1:45 am

It is time the Catholic church lost their tax exemption………..I guess all priests are going to hell because they are all pedophiles. These old fossils will say anything as a last ditch effort to save a dying religion………

cipher September 27, 2012 at 6:30 am

and warned marriage equality will lead to laws imprisoning priests

He says that like it's a bad thing.

labman57 September 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm

The Catholic and Mormon Churches have become little more than political action committees.

In any case, let's examine the whole "damned to hell" proclamation by dusting off a well-known anecdote about a mythical college Chemistry Final Exam …

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs by explaining that a gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed, or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.

As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions, and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.

With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell, because Avogadro's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my freshman year
that, "it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you", and take into account the fact I still have not succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then I can conclude that #2 cannot be true, and therefore Hell is exothermic.

InvokeRights September 28, 2012 at 1:53 am

Just FYI, I reposted this on facebook because it was just that damned good. LOL

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