Monday, October 10, 2016

Illinois Bishop Suggests Catholics Avoid Voting In Presidential Election

The leader of Springfield-area Roman Catholics says the faithful must make "informed decisions" with properly formed consciences when heading to ballot boxes next month.

In his column in the Oct. 2 edition of the Catholic Times newspaper, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki allowed that voters "may also legitimately conclude in conscience that they cannot vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump" in an election year that is "unprecedented and most challenging."

Paprocki said some Catholics may want to consider the "Benedict Option," a plan that has gained traction especially among social conservative intellectuals, that allows them to "opt out of participation in political life."

The column, which to date has only appeared in the print version of the Catholic Times, came on the heels of a new national survey that shows Clinton holding a six-percentage point lead over Trump among likely Catholic voters.

The survey and the bishop's column both came out prior to Friday's news about the Trump's now infamous comments made about women in 2005.

Information provided by the Springfield Journal-Register 

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