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Bishop Ricken: voting for candidate who favors intrinsic evils ‘could put your own soul in jeopardy’

October 29, 2012

Calling the 2012 election “a turning point in our country’s history,” Bishop David Ricken urged Catholics of the Diocese of Green Bay to remember “the set of non-negotiables” as they cast their ballots.

“These are areas that are ‘intrinsically evil’ and cannot be supported by anyone who is a believer in God or the common good or the dignity of the human person,” said Bishop Ricken. “They are:

  • 1. abortion
  • 2. euthanasia
  • 3. embryonic stem cell research
  • 4. human cloning
  • 5. homosexual “marriage”

“Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these as their party’s or their personal political platform,” Bishop Ricken added. “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.”

“The other position to keep in mind is the protection of religious liberty,” he continued. “The recent aggressive moves by the government to impose the HHS mandate, especially the move to redefine religion so that religion is confined more and more to the four walls of the Church, is a dangerous precedent. This will certainly hurt the many health care services to the poor given by our Catholic hospitals. Our Catholic hospitals in the Diocese give millions of dollars per year in donated services to the poor. In the new plan, only Catholic people can be treated by Catholic institutions.”


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  • Posted by: koinonia - Oct. 29, 2012 1:56 PM ET USA

    The kid gloves are coming off. Truth spoken in charity for souls is dutiful. Years of dilution have brought about the unpleasant statistics among Catholic voters, and they have also led to a perception that this talk is mean-spirited. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is pastoral charity exhibited in true compassion for souls. The Church's leaders must continue to manifest this new-found sobriety in addressing these problems. The political games are just no fun any more.