Matt Roth took this photo at a seminar on exorcism led by Paprocki

A Roman Catholic bishop from Springfield, Ill., who has called the Democratic Party platform “intrinsically evil,” challenged the likes of Sen. Roy Blunt and U.S. Rep. Todd Akin on Sunday to be more like Sir Thomas More, who was beheaded in 1535 after being convicted for treason.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki, preaching at the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, told the lawmakers in a crowd of lawyers and judges that More, in his day, was roughly the equivalent to White House chief of staff, secretary of state and chief justice of the Supreme Court — all at once.

But More sacrificed his wealth and career on his religious conviction. He refused to accept King Henry VIII as head of the Church of England. More sided with Rome on that issue…

Paprocki is one of the architects of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ campaign against the mandate by the administration of President Barack Obama that religiously affiliated institutions, such as universities and hospitals, must soon include free birth control coverage in their employee health coverage…

In addition to Missouri Republicans Blunt and Akin, other dignitaries in attendance included state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Ann Wagner, of Ballwin, a longtime GOP leader and former U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg…

Paprocki drew headlines in September when he wrote that the Democratic Party platform is “intrinsically evil” for its protection of abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage and that one’s soul could be in jeopardy depending on your vote.

“My job is not to tell you for whom you should vote. But I do have a duty to speak out on moral issues,” he wrote in the Sept. 23 letter…”You need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because 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.”

In a period with religions and their flunkeys in politics embracing confrontation over our constitutional freedoms, I think it’s important to keep the issue in the public eye. We certainly can’t count on our politicians to take the responsibility.

  1. MikeN says:

    This is why the Catholic Church makes such statements.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      That is irrefutable evidence the “intrinsically evil” charge correct.

      • Nezumi says:

        Yep, a SuperPAC ad that’s under no legal requirement to be honest or accurate and which hasn’t even been fact-checked by anyone yet is irrefutable evidence. I’d be more persuaded by claims that Barack Obama is secretly the Loch Ness Monster.

      • Nezumi says:

        Even if it is accurate, you’re drawing false equivalence between the views of one member of the Democratic party, and the position of the entire party. And, as stated above, it’s currently very dubious that it’s accurate.

        • TJ the former Catholic says:

          Of course it’s irrefutable. So is the youtube video I’m making myself.

          It features an interview with a women impregnated by Romney as a youth while he was attending a weekend conference for the Socialist Worker party. She wanted to have the baby but he refused to support her and instead pressured her into getting an abortion.

          • TJ the former Catholic says:

            Oh, by the way, what I posted above was complete nonsense.

            I know there’s a tendency for some to believe anything they read on the Internet that fits their world view so I thought I should make that clear.

  2. Somebody says:

    Intrinsically Evil, yes to be sure.

    But is it less intrinsically evil?

    That’s what’s getting my vote.

  3. Rick says:

    Ironic, since the Catholic Church has Jesus as its savior. Jesus was an anti-establishment hippy socialist who said rich people would never make it to heaven.

    Republicans have turned out the be the complete antithesis of every teaching Jesus Christ ever made. Even in the biggest hot button abortion, the GOP exacerbates the problem by fighting against sex education, family planning and birth control, all of which are effective at reducing abortion.