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Bishop Of Green Bay Calls Equality 'Instrinsically Evil'

RickenDavidConservative pastors are really laying on the histrionics ahead of the election. First there was Maryland Rev. Robert Anderson using scripture to say that people who support equality are "worthy of death". Now we have David Ricken, the Catholic Bishop for Green Bay, Wisconsin, claiming a vote for equality is a vote for evil.

Here's what he had to say in a letter to parishioners sent on October 24th:

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.

Yeesh. That's some strong stuff.

Ricken justifies his letter by claiming the church has a duty "[to] speak out regarding moral issues, especially on those issues that impact the 'common good'."

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  1. Religion is the true evil.

    Mankind will never know peace until all religion is gone.

    Posted by: StarGem | Oct 27, 2012 11:19:26 AM


  2. Once again -any representative of the Holy See possesses no credibility to speak on morality of any kind. "The Church" is morally bankrupt and we do not live in a theocracy-----yet----give it time- Umerica is well on its way .....

    Posted by: nick | Oct 27, 2012 11:23:29 AM


  3. Funny, Paul of Tarsus had something else to say about equality:

    "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

    -Galatians 3:28-29

    Posted by: Eric | Oct 27, 2012 11:23:44 AM


  4. And to think, my protestant mother ran away with me from my Catholic father when I was a wee bairn. I missed a bullet. A missile. A bomb. All tutoring from this "inherently evil" institution which embodies "tyranny over the mind of man." I am grateful every day of my life.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 27, 2012 11:26:27 AM


  5. I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do so.

    Posted by: Nike Free Run | Oct 27, 2012 11:27:15 AM


  6. I fail to see how the "common good" is negatively affected by two loving people marrying each other. That is the problem with these horrible people -- they think that everyone's business is THEIR business. But it ain't.

    Posted by: kit | Oct 27, 2012 11:27:47 AM


  7. I fail to see how the "common good" is negatively affected by two loving people marrying each other. That is the problem with these horrible people -- they think that everyone's business is THEIR business. But it ain't.

    Posted by: kit | Oct 27, 2012 11:27:48 AM


  8. Sadly hell is just a primitive myth. If it existed many if not most of the Catholic Bishops would be headed there, for knowingly putting thousands and thousands of children into the hands of preditor priests.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 27, 2012 11:31:39 AM


  9. We are one VERY small step away from the pope declaring (infallibly, of course) that GLBT people have NO souls, and that anyone who supports them in any way, shape, or form is automatically excommunicated.

    At that point, the US should recall our ambassador to the Vatican, compel all US bishops to register as operatives of a foreign government, rescind their tax-exempt status, and investigate the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for conspiracy to deprive us of our CIVIL rights, under the RICCO anti-racketeering law.

    Posted by: Bud Clark | Oct 27, 2012 11:34:08 AM


  10. Bishop Ricken is already living in hell. Ever been to Green Bay? It ain't Martha's Vinyard, doll.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Oct 27, 2012 11:34:59 AM


  11. It's the exact opposite. Voting to deny stability in a loving relationship is intrinsically evil.

    Posted by: Andy | Oct 27, 2012 11:43:19 AM


  12. Oh, i love when the Kidf***ers tell people that casting a vote will put your soul in moral jeopardy.

    your made-up nonsense religion with its theologically inconsistent and muddled mythology is an embarrassment to 21st century intelligence.

    remember - this is the group that sat silent while more than 6 million Jews were exterminated. they don't know what they're talking about.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 27, 2012 11:50:53 AM


  13. The reverse is equally true, that people who have gay friends but vote for Romney are complicit in his homophobic policies. You SHOULD take it personally because it IS personal.

    Has the Catholic Church EVER been right about anything?

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 27, 2012 11:50:59 AM


  14. So conspiring to obstruct justice, aid and abet rapists, intimidate witnesses and defraud insurance companies isn't "intrinsically evil"? That just don't make sense.

    Oh, and this is the same church that declared Newt Gingrich's previous two marriages immoral mistakes, his children bastards and allowed him to "marry" the woman he paid to give him hummers for 6 years while she destroyed his relationship with his then-wife - using taxpayer money, of course. That's their idea of morality. And I say this as a former Catholic myself.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Oct 27, 2012 12:16:30 PM


  15. The funny thing is that US Catholics pay absolutely no attention to their bishops (or the pope). Even if they agree with their bishops on a particular issue, they resent being told what to do. This statement has far less power than it seems, and even works to the benefit of the LGBT community.

    Posted by: plinx | Oct 27, 2012 12:30:20 PM


  16. Sending out that garbage of a letter was intrinsically evil. The words coming out of David Ricken's mouth are intrinsically evil. The teachings of the RC hierarchs against marriage equality are intrinsically evil.

    Posted by: john patrick | Oct 27, 2012 12:30:23 PM


  17. I pray that God will forgive the Bishop for his misguided and intrinsically evil beliefs. He is just as wrong as the church leaders who once supported slavery and accommodated the extermination of Jews in the last century. Criminals.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Oct 27, 2012 1:01:49 PM


  18. Hate is evil. Spreading hate is even more evil. The Bishop has a surprise in store come judgment day.

    Posted by: grench | Oct 27, 2012 1:23:53 PM


  19. He looks like Canadian PM Stephen Harper. I had to do a double-take. They're both equality-hating fundies.

    Posted by: Paulie | Oct 27, 2012 1:25:15 PM


  20. @Grench: judgement day is primitive religious B.S.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 27, 2012 1:36:51 PM


  21. "A well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program that contradicts fundamental contents of faith and morals..."

    A well-formed Christian conscience is the same as saying a firmly-established brainwashing. So people who don't even believe in this drivel have to live by the whims of the people that do. I suppose buggering little kids is not intrinsically evil since it was done by priests. Typical Catholic, Christianist, American-Taliban at work policing the lives of others.

    Posted by: Brad | Oct 27, 2012 1:43:14 PM


  22. "fundamental contents of faith and morals"

    It truly is a strech to believe that hatred of gays is a *fundamental* content of faith and morals. I have heard, unfortunately, that some Bishops in Africa have gone further, to wit: hatred of gays is the heart of the Gospel.

    If nothing else, Bishop Anderson and the rest of the American hierarchy should realize that these statements about complicity in evil teach clearly that the congregations of the parishes are complicit in the evil of child rape. Someone should point that out from the pulpit and see what happens.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 27, 2012 1:49:20 PM


  23. "fundamental contents of faith and morals"

    It truly is a strech to believe that hatred of gays is a *fundamental* content of faith and morals. I have heard, unfortunately, that some Bishops in Africa have gone further, to wit: hatred of gays is the heart of the Gospel.

    If nothing else, Bishop Anderson and the rest of the American hierarchy should realize that these statements about complicity in evil teach clearly that the congregations of the parishes are complicit in the evil of child rape. Someone should point that out from the pulpit and see what happens.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 27, 2012 1:49:21 PM


  24. Revoke their f-n tax exemption NOW

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 27, 2012 2:16:47 PM


  25. And these churches are still getting funding from our government?

    Posted by: J. Leo | Oct 27, 2012 2:50:03 PM


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