Sin to vote Democrat? Church polling place at center of controve - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Sin to vote Democrat? Church polling place at center of controversy

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local Catholic church is at the center of a voting controversy just days before the election. 

The Immaculate Conception's October church newsletter included a flier that told parishioners that a vote for Hillary Clinton would be a ticket to eternal damnation. It cited five policies - including support for abortion and same-sex marriage - that will doom supporters to eternal damnation.

On Oct. 30, the bulletin itself took a Hillary Clinton quote out of context to claim she's influenced by Satan. It also criticized immigration policies and gun control.

In a statement the Catholic Diocese said: 

Catholic teaching points to the importance of several major issues in this presidential election year: abortion, poverty and economic justice, the environment, euthanasia, immigration, religious liberty, and solidarity within society.  This final issue of solidarity has a particular importance at this moment because the very democratic impulse which is the foundation for our national unity is being eroded by partisan venom and personal attack.

In this environment, it is vital that all institutions in our nation participate in discussions about the election with civility and balance.  It is particularly vital that religious communities do so.

This duty has been violated by one of our parishes, and thus it is essential to make clear:

It is contrary to Catholic teaching to state that voting for a Democrat or Republican automatically condemns the voter to hell;
It is contrary to Catholic faith to state that gun control legislation is a form of slavery;
It is contrary to Catholic faith to fan the flames of hatred against Muslims or any religious group.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a comprehensive statement on the substantive implications of Catholic faith for the current election. It can be read online

I urge all Catholics to consult these teachings, pray about the vote that you are going to make, and then in conscience select the candidates whom you are going to vote for in this very difficult year.?

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said that the messages don't reflect Catholic teaching and are inappropriate. The diocese says people should vote their consciences.

RELATED

  • Campaign 2016 - News, opinion and analysis of the U.S. electionMore>>

  • Trump summons business leaders, lawmakers to White House

    Trump summons business leaders, lawmakers to White House

    Monday, January 23 2017 11:52 AM EST2017-01-23 16:52:34 GMT

    Opening his first official week in office, President Donald Trump warned business leaders Monday that he would impose a "substantial border tax" on companies that move their manufacturing out of the United States, while promising tax advantages to companies that produce products domestically.

     

    Opening his first official week in office, President Donald Trump warned business leaders Monday that he would impose a "substantial border tax" on companies that move their manufacturing out of the United States, while promising tax advantages to companies that produce products domestically.

     
  • LIVE STREAM: Nationwide protests on President Trump's first full day

    LIVE STREAM: Nationwide protests on President Trump's first full day

    Saturday, January 21 2017 3:51 PM EST2017-01-21 20:51:43 GMT

    Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.

     

    Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.

     
  • Inauguration Day: Behind-the-scenes from Washington, D.C.

    Inauguration Day: Behind-the-scenes from Washington, D.C.

    Friday, January 20 2017 11:13 PM EST2017-01-21 04:13:09 GMT

    One of CBS 8’s own traveled across the country to witness Donald Trump take the Presidential Oath of Office.

     

    One of CBS 8’s own traveled across the country to witness Donald Trump take the Presidential Oath of Office.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.