Recently a shiny new priest used a daily mass homily–five minutes, max–to read a few choice writings from St. John Vianney. Fr. Newly Ordained marveled at the boldness of the Curé d’ Ars, who is the patron of priests. The young priest observed that in some dioceses you’d be sent packing just for reading those lines.
Sadly, this is so. But as often we are inspired by a “holy boldness” when a bishop speaks out forcefully and, dare I say, bluntly. We need plain speech when souls are in the balance.
Here is one such statement from Bp. David Ricken:
“Calling the 2012 election “a turning point in our country’s history,” Bishop David Ricken urged Catholics of the Diocese of Green Bay to remember “the set of non-negotiables” as they cast their ballots.
“These are areas that are ‘intrinsically evil’ and cannot be supported by anyone who is a believer in God or the common good or the dignity of the human person,” said Bishop Ricken. “They are:
- 1. abortion
- 2. euthanasia
- 3. embryonic stem cell research
- 4. human cloning
- 5. homosexual “marriage”
“Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these as their party’s or their personal political platform,” Bishop Ricken added. “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.”
The full story is here.