November 2, 2012

Bishop: Politicians Who Support Abortion And Those Who Knowingly Vote For Them ‘Are Objectively Guilty of Grave Sin’

Filed under: Activism,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:44 pm

From the Chicago Tribune via McClatchy:

Joining the chorus of Roman Catholic clergy in Illinois criticizing President Barack Obama before next week’s election, Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky ordered priests to read a letter to parishioners on Sunday before the presidential election, explaining that politicians who support abortion rights also reject Jesus.

“By virtue of your vow of obedience to me as your Bishop, I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at each Weekend Mass,” Jenky wrote in a letter circulated to clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria.

In the letter, Jenky cautions parishioners that Obama and a majority of U.S. senators will not reconsider the mandate that would require employers, including religious groups, to provide free birth control coverage in their health care plans. “This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system,” Jenky wrote.

“Today, Catholic politicians, bureaucrats, and their electoral supporters who callously enable the destruction of innocent human life in the womb also thereby reject Jesus as their Lord,” Jenky added. “They are objectively guilty of grave sin.”

Of course they are. That is not “controversial,” as the Tribune claims. It’s factual.



  1. Exactly. It’s something I’ve never really understood and often asked my Catholic friends to explain. I’m not saying you can’t be a Christian and believe in abortion, but I am saying that if one of the fundamental positions of the Catholic Church is that life begins at conception it would seem that anyone claiming to be Catholic would have to do the same. Nobody is being burned at the stake anymore and thus one is free to either choose to accept Catholic Doctrine or to leave and find a more compatible religious affiliation. The Church should not turn a blind eye in an effort to retain the individual’s quasi allegiance on other issues nor should the individual profess to be a Catholic if he/she is unable to support the Church’s position.

    Comment by contructiveconservative — November 3, 2012 @ 1:51 am

  2. Glad to see Bishop Jenky providing guidance to his flock. Sad that I have not seen our Ohio bishops do likewise.

    I will say what others seem hesitant to say: Obama will not get a single Catholic vote. By Catholic vote I mean informed and faithful Catholic vote. This is NOT about being holier than thou. We all sin and need forgiveness. However, actively supporting sin and fighting to advance intrinsic evil is different from our individual failings.

    Comment by Largebill — November 4, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  3. Indeed, the question is how many Catholics are really informed and faithful.

    Comment by Tom — November 4, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

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