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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