Friday, November 02, 2012

Bishop Issues Pre-Election Letter To Be Read At All Masses In Peoria Diocese

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, head of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, has issued a letter on religious liberty and the election (full text) which is to be read at all masses on Nov. 3-4, the weekend before election day. The letter reads in part:
Since the foundation of the American Republic and the adoption of the Bill of Rights, I do not think there has ever been a time more threatening to our religious liberty than the present. Neither the president of the United States nor the current majority of the Federal Senate have been willing to even consider the Catholic community’s grave objections to those HHS mandates that would require all Catholic institutions, exempting only our church buildings, to fund abortion, sterilization, and artificial contraception....
Today, Catholic politicians, bureaucrats, and their electoral supporters who callously enable the destruction of innocent human life in the womb also thereby reject Jesus as their Lord. They are objectively guilty of grave sin. For those who hope for salvation, no political loyalty can ever take precedence over loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ and to his Gospel of Life....
I therefore call upon every practicing Catholic in this Diocese to vote. Be faithful to Christ and to your Catholic Faith. 
The Chicago Tribune yesterday reported on the Bishop's letter.