Bishop David Ricken of the Green Bay Catholic Diocese sent out a letter to his parishioners warning that voting for Democrats and President Barack Obama this November may be a one way ticket to hell.
In the letter, dated Wednesday, October 24, Bishop Ricken claims supporting a woman’s right to reproductive freedom (abortion); death with dignity (euthanasia); important scientific research (stem cell research); and marriage equality for gay and lesbian citizens are all "intrinsically evil."
In the letter Ricken goes on to claim that:
“Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these (abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and homosexual marriage) as their party’s or their personal political platform. To vote for someone in favor of these positions means that you could be morally ‘complicit’ with these choices which are intrinsically evil. This could put your own soul in jeopardy.”Clearly by suggesting “one party,” Bishop Ricken is suggesting the Democratic party. And it is no secret that President Obama supports marriage equality, women’s reproductive freedom and scientific research utilizing stem cells.
Bishop Ricken is not the first Roman Catholic Bishop to suggest Democrats are going to hell.
In September, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki also made the claim that Democrats are in favor of "intrinsic evils," and supporters of the Democratic party put their eternal salvation in jeopardy.