In a flyer inserted into the newsletter of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Old Town on Oct. 16, parishioners found this gem: “How to vote like a Catholic – it is a mortal sin to vote Democrat!” The diocese said the insert was not authorized by the parish, but it found its way there nonetheless.
More damagingly, because this time a candidate was mentioned in clear violation of the Church’s tax-exempt status, on October 30, they learned via an actual article in the bulletin titled “Voting Catholic,” that Hillary Clinton is working for Satan:
“The devil does this through the tactics outlined by Saul Alinsky with the outcome as Hillary Clinton has stated, ‘And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be change,’ to draw us away from God’s teachings regarding the sanctity of life to those of the world and its prince.”
The insert cites the catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1035 to warn parishioners that “It is a mortal sin to vote Democrat … immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell.”
1035 The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, “eternal fire.” The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs.
Watch courtesy of NBC 7:
NBC 7 reports that “Reached for comment on Thursday, Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, said he doesn’t know how the first insert got into church bulletins.” It is no surprise, however, that they did, given what is being preached at the church.
The October 16 newsletter reviewed the Democratic and Republican positions on the five so-called “non-negotiables”: “homosexual marriage” and abortion, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and euthanasia, topics the church’s pastor, Rev. Richard Perozich, brought up in a sermon just a few weeks before:
“In the church, we have what we call the five non-negotiables, things that are most important, and they’re around life issues. There’s life, from conception to natural death. There’s marriage and sexuality, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and euthanasia. When we vote, we don’t vote for candidates who support these things, even if they support other things that we really like.”
Perozich is unavailable for comment, but according to his boss, Robert McElroy, the Roman Catholic bishop of San Diego,
“Let me stress again that while we have a moral role to play in explaining how Catholic teaching relates to certain public policy issues, we must not and will not endorse specific candidates, use parish media or bulletins to favor candidates or parties through veiled language about selectively chosen issues, or engage in partisan political activity of any kind.”
In an article posted Tuesday on the diocese website, McElroy explains,
It is sometimes said that this tradition of neutrality in partisan elections springs from the tax status of the Church, or from a desire to avoid divisiveness within Catholic communities. But in reality its foundation is far deeper.
It is a core teaching of Catholic ecclesiology that the sanctification of the world falls primarily to lay women and men. And it is a core teaching of Catholic moral theology that it is deeply within the conscience of the individual believer that key moral decisions must be made. The foundational assertion of democracy is that the average citizen is best equipped to guide society through electoral choice. The corollary within Catholic teaching which supports the democratic impulse is the proposition that in discerning which candidate will best advance the common good, the prudential decision of each citizen remains paramount. Thus while bishops must teach on principles of moral judgment, and outline key elements of the common good which are at stake in a particular historical moment, they should refrain from favoring particular candidates.
We have frequently seen Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama before her, compared to Satan or the antichrist. Donald Trump himself referred to Clinton as “the devil” in August, saying Bernie Sanders “would’ve been a hero, but he made a deal with the devil. She’s the devil. He made a deal with the devil.”
Around the same time in response to a new video, Charisma News was asking, “Is Hillary Clinton the Antichrist or an Illuminati Witch?” The answer by the author of the piece was no, but she said many people actually believe it.
Such is the state of religion in the United States today. Such is the state of American conservatism. The know they can’t win on issues, so they use the cloak of religion to sanctify their hate instead.
Meanwhile, diocese spokesman Kevin Eckery reminds Catholics, “It’s not a mortal sin to vote for Democrats, number one. And number two, the church doesn’t take positions on this, and we’re not going to.”
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Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.