October 25, 2012


Another Roman Catholic bishop is wading into partisan politics.
In North Dakota, where there's a very competitive U.S. Senate race, Bishop David Kagan has just issued a pastoral letter that echoes Republican campaign ads urging voters not to pick the "likeable" candidate and warns Catholics they can only vote for candidates who oppose marriage equality, abortion rights, and even stem cell research.
But now a Catholic state senator is courageously demanding that the bishop withdraw the letter, citing church teaching on the primacy of conscience and the bishops' official guidelines on avoiding partisan activity.
If we can demonstrate huge grassroots outrage before the letter is read at Mass this weekend, the bishop might be forced to withdraw it -- and we can send a powerful message to other church officials who might be tempted to abuse their positions for partisan political purposes in the final days before the election.