Just So You Know: Voting Democratic Places the Eternal Salvation of Your Soul In Serious Jeopardy

Abby Zimet

Not that there's anything wrong with it, but the Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, is warning that Democrats have endorsed “intrinsic evils” like abortion rights and marriage equality, both "gravely sinful" behaviors whose support could lead you straight to the fires of hell - though, obviously, "my job is not to tell you for whom you should vote." Bishop Thomas John Paprocki thus joins the ranks of Catholic officials in New Jersey, Minnesota, Washington state and elsewhere in summoning up eternal damnation to bolster their right-wing positions. Some progressive Catholics argue that such tactics will backfire and only drive more of the faithful away from the church, which seems a reasonable proposition.

"Again, I am not telling you which party or candidates to vote for but I am  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." - Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

“We live in a time when Catholics are walking away from the faith in record numbers. Archbishop Myers’ tone-deaf pastoral letter (in Newark, N.J., comparing support for same-sex marriage equality to incest) might explain why.” - James Salt of Catholics United, a Catholic social justice organization.

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