Some Catholics in southern California are so vehemently against Hillary Clinton that they are convinced Democratic voters are committing a mortal sin by voting for the former Secretary of State.
Over the past week, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in San Diego, California has been circulating extreme anti-Democratic Party pamphlets along with its church bulletin, The Huffington Post reported.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, an Oct. 16 flyer titled “Voters Guide for Serious Catholics” relayed the message that Clinton was “under the influence of Satan.” The flyer was not written by the church itself, but by an outside group.
The flyer also reads, “It is a mortal sin to vote Democrat. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell.”
The church’s reverend, Richard Perozich, reportedly said, “The fact that somebody took this and then made it public took it out of context. I would never tell anyone to ‘vote this’ or ‘vote that.’”
Perozich, however, did admit to New York Daily News that he has previously told the church’s congregation that they would go to hell if they voted Democratic.
Francine Busby, the head of San Diego County Democrats, said that she didn’t believe that the church knowingly could send out such a severe political message.
She said, “My initial reaction was that this was extreme and completely over the top in the accusation. I thought it was important to bring it to the attention of the diocese, just as a friend. I know that they didn’t mean it. … Clearly this was something that the diocese would never ever approve.”
With such proximity to Election Day, it seems unlikely that this extreme anti-Democratic flyer somehow slipped through the hands of church officials when producing the church’s pamphlets. It’s certainly not a church’s place to tell its members who to vote for, let alone how their vote will affect their afterlife.
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