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Illinois bishop: voters may choose not to support any presidential candidate

October 10, 2016

Bishop John Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has acknowledged that some Catholic voters might legitimately choose not to vote in the November presidential election.

Writing in his diocesan newspaper, Bishop Paprocki said that voters could “legitimately conclude in conscience that they cannot vote for either” major-party presidential candidate this year. In that case, he said, their choices could be supporting a 3rd-party candidate, writing in a name, or simply not voting.

Bishop Paprocki also discussed the appeal of the “Benedict option,” and the choice of some Catholics to “opt out of participation in political life.”


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  • Posted by: lak321 - Oct. 10, 2016 8:50 PM ET USA

    I love Bishop Paproki, but I don't understand this. What about Think about the overseas abortions. The UN Ambassadors pushing the anti-life agenda on the rest of the world.