Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois is making headlines with his letter that takes President Barack Obama and politicians who favor abortion to task — saying they are rejecting Jesus.
Bishop Jenky instructed priests in the Diocese of Peoria to read a letter this Sunday to churchgoers that cautions them about President Obama and pro-abortion members of the U.S. Senate who have rejected attempts to make it so the Obama HHS mandate does not force Catholic churches, businesses and organizations to pay for abortion-inducing drugs for women.
“This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system,” Bishop 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. They are objectively guilty of grave sin.”
Other bishops have been tough this election season on Obama and Democrats — with Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki warning Catholics about the support for abortion and the redefinition of marriage in the Democrat Party platform—positions the bishop calls “intrinsic evils.”
He said: “There are many positive and beneficial planks in the Democratic Party platform, but I am pointing out those that explicitly endorse intrinsic evils. Again, I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against. But I am saying that 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 Paprocki also said in the video that he has read the Republican Party Platform, and “there is nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin.”
The bishop said the reason he publicly pointed out these differences was to help Catholics avoid being morally complicit in the “intrinsically evil and gravely sinful” behaviors and positions of some political candidates.
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“I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against, but I am saying that 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,” he said.
Bishop David Ricken of the Catholic Diocese in Green Bay, Wisconsin said in a letter that you “jeopardize your soul” if you vote for pro-abortion candidates.