Another member of the Catholic hierarchy has used his godly decree to condemn liberal social values, calling them “intrinsically evil,” including homosexuality and abortion. Green Bay, Wisconsin Bishop David Ricken penned a letter to parishioners last week urging them to consider social values when they vote for president, though mentioning neither candidate by name, including five “non-negotiables” that they must consider lest they risk putting their “soul in jeopardy”:
I would like to review some of the principles to keep in mind as you approach the voting booth to complete your ballot. The first is the set of non-negotiables. These are areas that are “intrinsically evil” and cannot be supported by anyone who is a believer in God or the common good or the dignity of the human person.
3. embryonic stem cell research
4. human cloning
5. homosexual “marriage”
These are intrinsically evil. “A well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program that contradicts fundamental contents of faith and morals.” Intrinsically evil actions are those which have an evil object. In other words, an act is evil by its very nature and to choose an action of this type puts one in grave moral danger.
But what does this have to do with the election? Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these 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.
These are clearly the words of a religious leader abusing the power of his position. Ricken may not mention Barack Obama or Mitt Romney by name, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t clearly threatening Church-goers with the fate of their souls in this election. One’s fear of Hell should not be a factor in making a thoughtful vote, and Ricken’s letter makes evident how little respect the Church has for the people impacted by these issues. (HT: Towleroad.)