The LGBT-rights group Truth Wins Out criticized Springfield, Ill., Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki after he released a video message implying that "because the Democratic Party is pro-choice and supports marriage equality, casting one's vote for a Democratic candidate threatens one's eternal soul," according to a press release.
After detailing what he called the "intrinsic evils" that the Democratic Party's platform endorsed, Paprocki, 60, told his congregation, "...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."
"We are incredibly alarmed by the blatant politicization of the Catholic pulpit in this election year," said Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out. "The bishops are trying to turn Catholic parishes into political precincts."
According to the Diocese of Springfield website, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Paprocki, then of the Archdiocese of Chicago, to be the ninth bishop of Springfield's diocese April 20, 2010. He attended Niles College of Loyola University; subsequently he graduated from the DePaul University College of Law and Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University.
Full Truth Wins Out News Release at www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/TWO-slams-IL-Catholic-Bishop-politicization-of-the-Catholic-pulpit/39742.html.