Bishop David Ricken, the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, recently sent a letter to church members warning them not to vote for candidates who support what he calls “intrinsically evil” positions, such as abortion and gay marriage.
Bisoop Ricken claimed that voting for these candidates could “put your own soul in jeopardy,” however he did not cite any bible verses to back up this claim about losing salvation, reports the Green Bay Press Gazette.
Ricken’s Oct. 24 letter stated: “A well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program that contradicts fundamental contents of faith and morals. Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these as their party’s or their personal political platform. To vote for someone in favor of these positions means that you could be morally ‘complicit’ with these choices which are intrinsically evil. This could put your own soul in jeopardy.”
Bisop Ricken's diocese has 304,614 members in 16 counties. In Wisconsin, Catholics reportedly make up about 25 percent of the population.