Political Polarization

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 12, 2018   

Bp. Paprocki: "I would be abdicating this duty if I remained silent out of fear of sounding political"

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Religious and secular leaders are becoming more polarized over moral and social justice issues in the Church and in the government.

Growing divisions in the GOP were highlighted last week during the Texas midterm primaries where authentic upstart Republicans backed by the pro-life group Texas Right to Life gained ground against the Establishment GOP insiders called RINOs, Republicans in Name Only. These RINOs, backed by Texas bishops, have stalled or killed pro-life legislation while advancing the bishops' social justice programs such as illegal immigration.

These divisions have always existed and have been called out in the past by a few good bishops such as Bp. Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois. In 2012, Bp. Paprocki clarified that he wasn't telling people how to vote but simply was fulfilling his "duty to speak out on moral issues." He discussed the intrinsic evils promoted by the Democrat Party platform and noted they were absent in the GOP platform, adding, "I would be abdicating this duty if I remained silent out of fear of sounding political and didn't say anything about the morality of these issues."

After acknowledging the Democrats' "unequivocal support of abortion" he said he had read the Republican party platform and "there was nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin." He called out pro-abortion Rebuplicans and pro-LGBT Log Cabin Republicans saying they were "as equally wrong as their Democratic counterparts." The difference he said was that these Republicans were not loyal to their Republican Party platform while the Democrats were.

The faithful shepherd then pointed out the grave spiritual danger of voting for government leaders who supported immoral legislation that promoted intrinsic evils such as abortion or socalled same-sex marriage: "You need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy."

Watch the panel discuss the deepening of divisions in secular and religious leaders in The Download—Political Polarization.


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