SPRINGFIELD, Ill (ChurchMilitant.com) - Bishop Thomas Paprocki is doing something almost no other bishop has done: he is publicly calling out political candidates by name.
His Excellency also brings up Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, citing talk show host Eric Metaxas, who wrote an op ed in the Wall Street Journal:
It's a fact that if Hillary Clinton is elected, the country's chance to have a Supreme Court that values the Constitution — and the genuine liberty and self-government for which millions have died — is gone. Not for four years, or eight, but forever. Many say Mr. Trump can't be trusted to deliver on this score, but Mrs. Clinton certainly can be trusted in the opposite direction.
It is ironic that Senator Kaine expressed such profound concern about imposing his religious beliefs on others, while supporting efforts:
to coerce the Little Sisters of the Poor and other faith-based ministries to violate their conscience by including abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations in their employee health plans;
to put small business owners (e.g., florists, bakers, photographers, etc.) out of business with crippling fines if they decline to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies;
to force every American taxpayer to help fund abortion.
Catholics who are unsure of the moral implications of their election choices, especially with regard to abortion — the defining moral issue of our time — should discuss these matters with a priest in the sacrament of penance in order to form their consciences properly as faithful citizens, or to be absolved of their sins, as the case may be.