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DENVER (ChurchMilitant.com) - The archbishop of Denver is blasting Catholics who plan to vote Democrat in this presidential election. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila said that when Catholics stop being Catholic, "the government will step in to fill the void. Indeed, the government will become 'god' and impose its beliefs on the citizens."
In the diocesan article published Wednesday, Abp. Aquila went on to say voting for a Democratic candidate would be the same as selling out Christ and our Fathers in Faith.
"Some, both in politics and in the Church, have stated that it is the Church that needs to change Her teaching to include abortion, same-sex unions and even euthanasia," he said. "Yet, in faithfulness to Jesus Christ, to the Gospel and to Sacred Tradition, the Church cannot change Her teaching on these issues without denying Christ."
At a speech given Saturday in Washington, D.C. at the 20th Annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine, who claims to be a Catholic, said, "My full, complete, unconditional support for marriage equality is at odds with the current doctrine of the Church that I still attend. But I think that's going to change, too." His comment was met with applause.
Archbishop Aquila went on to slam the Democratic Party platform for its anti-life agenda. "The platform is aggressively pro-abortion, not only in funding matters, but in the appointment of only those judges who will support abortion and the repealing of the Helms Amendment," he commented, "which prevents the U.S. from supporting abortion availability overseas. "
On the same day as Abp. Aquila's statement, Republican nominee Donald Trump sent a letter to Catholic leaders. "I have a message for Catholics: I will be there for you. I will stand with you. I will fight for you."
It continued, "I am, and will remain, pro-life. I will defend your religious liberties and the right to fully and freely practice your religion, as individuals, business owners and academic institutions."
Archbishop Aquila summed up his article by counseling Catholics to "look at how each party platform supports human life from conception through natural death, the freedom of religion and the freedom of conscience, the family, and the poor."