Catholics urging parishioners to vote Republican again

And I’m sorry, but all the issues they chose for their “voter scorecard letter” were issues the Rs do well on and we don’t, in their view.  It’s code for voting Republican.

You don’t see the Catholic bishops taking a stand against politicians who want to decimate programs for the needy.  Or against war.  No, it always seems to be two issues that Democrats tend to favor, and Republicans don’t – gay rights and contraceptive rights.  And I’m sorry, but it sure does feel like the Catholic leadership is in bed with the Republicans.  And that only serves to push people further and further away from the Catholic church.

Funny how you never hear the Catholic leadership taking this strong a stand on, oh I don’t know, pedophilia.

And what do you know – take a look at the issues that Bishop of Green Bay is worried about, in terms of a voter’s checklist:


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Ricken’s letter, dated Oct. 24, notes that the church has a responsibility to “speak out regarding moral issues, especially on those issues that impact the ‘common good.’” It goes on to note principles to keep in mind in the voting booth on Nov. 6, including abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and gay marriage.

Let me walk you through his checklist:

  • Abortion – GOP
  • Euthanasia – GOP
  • Stem cells – GOP
  • Human cloning – leans GOP (their freaks are far more worried about it)
  • Gay marriage – GOP

Funny there’s no mention of actual issues that Jesus actually talked about, like caring for the less fortunate, or peace.

Then again, the bishop didn’t even try to hide his animus for Democrats in his “letter” telling his parishioners how to vote:

But what does this have to do with the election? Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of  these as their party’s or their personal political platform.

One party?  Well there are only two, so the Catholic bishop just told his flock not to vote Democratic.

It’s a good thing most American Catholics don’t agree with their church on much of anything.  And this kind of garbage only makes the divide that much worse.

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  • Burak

    I love catholics! cracks

  • Nanjura

    I am a staunch Catholic but I am voting for Obama. I am no longer proud of my church as I used to be. I never missed Sunday masses and sometimes when time availed I would go during the week. I am now thinking I will pray in the privacy of my room. I am soo dissapointed with my Church. In fact I am sad but it is what it is.

  • Ksn

    Which is why the second largest denomination is ex- Cathlics!

  • Carolynfcc

    This is why I left the Catholic church… In their bible, Jesus mentions love, peace, compassion and helping the less fortunate hundreds of times, but they choose to focus on one random statement from a chapter that advocates stoning people for working on Sunday and wear two different types of fabric at the same time.

  • Gelica8

    Oh.  I see. When it favors your side, you are  all for the corruption of Church involving itself in the decisions of voters.  

  • Gelica8

    Well, that’s it.  I am forever done with the Catholic Church.  And for telling parishioners how to vote, they deserve to lose their tax-exempt status.  I hope I live long enough to see that.

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