Letter:Will bishops continue to castigate Democrats?


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Posted Online: Nov. 22, 2012, 6:10 am
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Tell me, how does this work?

Now that the 2012 election is over, are we going to continue to hear from the Catholic Bishops about how those voting for Democrats will wind up in hell? This past year has been so disappointing for me in that I've always thought that religion and politics don't mix. To me, there was plenty of room for both political parties in the Catholic faith.

I've always thought of a Catholic Church as a place of sanctuary for all people seeking a connection with their God. A place where members could come together for worship of Jesus Christ without the (constant) bombardment of the warring political parties and all their exaggerations and one-sided talk.

Now we hear from the pulpit how our Democratic president and his allies in the Senate and those supporting them are emulating Hitler and Stalin. We are compared to the worst of the worst and never a word about the Republican Party, leaving us to believe there is to be no choice in our elections. This type of exaggerated commentary belongs on Fox News (if at all) and not in the pulpit.

There are ways to teach in a loving manner when new ideas come up, but in my opinion these diatribes show no signs of love. We hear that we need to work together in Washington and yet we are being pulled apart even in our churches by our leaders. God help us and God bless America.

Tom DeSmet,
Rock Island















 



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