From Green Bay Press Gazette
Bishop David Ricken, the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, noted in a recent letter to parishioners that voting for candidates who support what he calls â€œintrinsically evilâ€ positions, such as abortion and gay marriage, could â€œput your own soul in jeopardy.â€
Rickenâ€™s letter, dated Oct. 24, notes that the church has a responsibility to â€œspeak out regarding moral issues, especially on those issues that impact the â€˜common good.â€™â€ 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.
â€œA well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program that contradicts fundamental contents of faith and morals,â€ Ricken said in the letter. â€œSome candidates and one party have even chosen some of these as their partyâ€™s or their personal political platform. To vote for someone in favor of these positions means that you could be morally â€˜complicitâ€™ with these choices which are intrinsically evil. This could put your own soul in jeopardy.â€
While Rickenâ€™s letter does not specify who should get parishionersâ€™ votes, Republican candidates typically oppose abortion rights while Democrats, to a large degree, support them.
On the abortion issue, for example, President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney have different views. The Democratic incumbent supports access to abortion without restriction, mandating free contraception for women and changing his mind this year to endorse gay marriage. Romney is socially conservative, opposing gay marriage and abortion rights and saying the government should not mandate free contraception.
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