Priest: “You might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November”

Yes, we’re been on break for a while, and just felt like it was time to come off hiatus to weigh in on the upcoming election.  Friends and family members talking about not voting at all–or in some cases actually voting for Hillary–represent a most disturbing situation.  Here’s some food for thought from LifesiteNews

NAPLES, Florida, September 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—We are at a “precarious moment in our history” when churches must speak truth to power or risk the loss of a lot more than their tax statuses, former Ave Maria Law School chaplain Father Michael Orsi said in a blistering speech at a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children event on September 10.

Orsi said, “For too long, pastors and churches have been bullied into believing that they can say nothing political from the pulpit,” said Orsi. The regulation that is used to silence them “was a piece of spite work” against non-profits that had opposed President Lyndon Johnson, he said.

“Let me remind you: the Bible is a political document,” the priest said. “The prophets, including John the Baptist, and Jesus, lost their lives because they spoke the truth to power.”

“The Constitution is quickly being destroyed,” warned Orsi, and “unless the right choice is made in November, we may not have a court that is fair and balanced in its interpretation of the Constitution.”

“Too many of the pastors—too many, practically all—in Germany refused to speak against national socialism,” continued Orsi. “And look [at] the result: millions of Jews, pastors, priests, homosexuals, gypsies all lost their lives because everyone was afraid. What are you afraid of, a couple of bucks? Your tax-exempt status? What’s that going to do to you? Your churches may be closed anyway, because if a certain party gets elected, this certain party said, if the churches do not agree with our interpretation of women’s reproductive rights, they’ll just have to change their doctrine.”

“If a certain party gets elected, I can assure you what kind of judges are going to be on those appeals courts,” he said. And those judges will be charged with deciding whether the government may force churches and religious institutions to pay for abortion, contraception, and abortifacient drugs, he noted.

Furthermore, “I’m not going to vote for a candidate who decides that we can redefine the meaning of marriage,” proclaimed Orsi. “Our opponents believe once they destroy the family, once they destroy the churches, they can re-create society in their own image and their own likeness. That, my friends, is not just political. That is diabolical. Get it straight, for crying out loud! The devil is in this!”

“We are in a battle for the soul of America,” he said.

“Somehow, [Christians] have come to buy the story that you cannot be political in church,” said Orsi. “Let me tell you right now, oh yes, you can, and oh, yes, you better be. Because you might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November.”

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13 Responses to Priest: “You might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November”

  1. Theresa says:

    The good Father Orsi is spot on, now can someone please extend this information to Jorge Bergoglio, because he is in collusion with the powers that be and he is doing a bang up job destroying The papacy and the immutable teachings of the Catholic Church with the assistance of his appointed minions! I VOTED TRUMP

  2. Greg Harnyak says:

    Let me remind you: the Bible is a political document,” the priest said.

    This is garbage, and Insider is promoting it. Perhaps, the Insider needs to consult some biblical scholar(s) to learn the truth about the Bible.

    Shame on you.

    Greg Harnyak

    On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 5:22 AM, Boston Catholic Insider wrote:

    > bostoncatholicinsider posted: “Yes, we’re been on break for a while, and > just felt like it was time to come off hiatus to weigh in on the upcoming > election. Friends and family members talking about not voting at all–or > in some cases actually voting for Hillary–represent a most distu” >

    • Greg,
      Your response to this seems harsh and frankly flawed. That statement the Bible is a political document on its own might seem questionable. BCI would not have worded it that way ourselves, and it should be self-evident to readers that the Bible is the book of Christian scripture containing sacred texts that carry for all the world the accounting of God’s word and action in the world. But consider his statement in the context of his overall talk and subsequent comment, “John the Baptist, and Jesus, lost their lives because they spoke the truth to power.” It seems to us that what he’s saying is that those who live what Jesus taught and the Bible tells us have to face and confront the world of power, politics, and government. Your reaction and criticism seem misplaced.

      • imprimipotest says:

        Would someone please supply scriptural texts that state, even imply, that we human beings morally can support anyone who seeks to promote the inherent evil of killing the innocent?

  3. HHM says:

    …“Hillary Clinton continues to play exclusively to the minority of the American electorate that shares her radical stance on abortion,” Ms. Christie said. “Pressed on what limits on abortion she believes in, Mrs. Clinton could not come up with a single one.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/20/hillary-clinton-hides-behind-health-mother-defends/

  4. Amicus says:

    The Bible as a political document. Hmmmm. Like the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution? I’m not so sure about this. Let’s not forget that the Bible is a compilation of books written over the course of centuries. Is there political rebellion in some parts? Yes. As a whole, however, I believe it is more about God’s self-revelation to man and a call to conversion of heart.

    Perhaps Fr. Orsi intended to distinguish between the Bible as a whole and the Gospels. But even at that we must be careful. The United States is a Democracy. At the time of Jesus Christ, Israel was living under an imperial Roman structure. So Jesus never really had the opportunity to weigh in on political candidates. Even so, the Gospels make it clear that He did not come to overthrow the Roman government, as many of his followers had hoped, but to establish his own Kingdom. Let us not forget, too, that in his First Letter to Timothy, St. Paul encourages prayers for the King and for those in authority, not their eviction. We must never underestimate the power of prayer.

    The Pastors of Souls are responsible for helping to form the consciences of the faithful so that they can make appropriate choices. This is where they help the faithful to learn what the Church’s position on certain issues are and how to prioritize these issues. This needs to be done not just at election time, but at all times and, unfortunately, this does not always happen. This is exemplified in the very narrow win, a few years back, on the issue of physician assisted suicide. This issue will come up again but we have hardly heard anything of it since then.

    The faithful, on their part, have the duty of informing their consciences prior to heading to the polls. Rather than being told by their pastors for whom to vote, they should be able to make that decision for themselves. Unfortunately the world in which we live teaches them to confuse opinion with conscience, and to be self-deterministic, not listening to another authority.

    Because the Church’s positions on issues do not align clearly with either of the major political parties in the United States, it is not a good idea for clerics to publicly (or pastorally) align themselves with a particular party or candidate. If they do their job, they won’t have to.

  5. Miss Sally says:

    Every week for months one of our priests has presented a homily that is a thinly veiled attempt to persuade parishioners to vote in lockstep with his views. He has done this in past elections and uses his position on the altar to support one candidate over another, while “shaming” those who do not follow his personal template for voting. He is one in a long line of many politically anxious priests our church has endured, They are clever enough to know to restrain some of their rhetoric so they don’t lose the church’s “dot-org” status. My take is they use their homily in hopes of persuading the parishioners that they are actualy channeling God as opposed to just airing their own personal opinions. Opinions are like elbows, everyone has one – including priests.

  6. AJD says:

    Pseudo-Pope Frankie has made HIS choice known…

  7. Brian says:

    Nice to see you back, BCI. Do you still check your emails? What is the best way to contact you?

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