(CNSNews.com) – In a letter to be read in the Catholic churches of the diocese of Peoria, Illinois at all Masses this weekend, two days before the election, Bishop Daniel Jenky equates pro-abortion Catholic politicians and the people who vote for them with the mob that rejected Jesus Christ over Caesar and warns that “God is not mocked.”
In the letter, which Bp. Jenky has directed all the priests in his diocese to read to their parishioners, he says that 2,000 years ago, “after our Savior had been bound, beaten, scourged, mocked, and crowned with thorns, a pagan Roman Procurator displayed Jesus to a hostile crowd by sarcastically declaring: ‘Behold your King.’ The mob roared back: ‘We have no king but Caesar.’”
“Today, Catholic politicians, bureaucrats, and their electoral supporters who callously enable the destruction of innocent human life in the womb also thereby reject Jesus as their Lord,” says Bp. Jenky. “They are objectively guilty of grave sin. For those who hope for salvation, no political loyalty can ever take precedence over loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ and to his Gospel of Life.”
“God is not mocked,” says the bishop, “and as the Bible clearly teaches, after this passing instant of life on earth, God’s great mercy in time will give way to God’s perfect judgment in eternity.”
Bp. Jenky also criticizes the Health and Human Services mandate under Obamacare that requires nearly all health insurance plans to offer contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge.
“Since the foundation of the American Republic and the adoption of the Bill of Rights, I do not think there has ever been a time more threatening to our religious liberty than the present,” reads the letter. “Neither the president of the United States nor the current majority of the Federal Senate have been willing to even consider the Catholic community’s grave objections to those HHS mandates that would require all Catholic institutions, exempting only our church buildings, to fund abortion, sterilization, and artificial contraception.”
“This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system,” says Bp. Jenky. “Contrary to the guarantees embedded in the First Amendment, the HHS mandates attempt to now narrowly define and thereby drastically limit our traditional religious works. They grossly and intentionally intrude upon the deeply held moral convictions that have always guided our Catholic schools, hospitals, and other apostolic ministries.”
In concluding his letter, Bp. Jenky writes, “I therefore call upon every practicing Catholic in this Diocese to vote. Be faithful to Christ and to your Catholic Faith.”
The diocese of Peoria, Ill., covers 26 counties across central Illinois and has a Catholic population of approximately 196,000 people.