Catholic Priest: Leaving God Out of Politics is ‘Illogical, Immoral, and Un-American’

By Michael W. Chapman | August 7, 2019 | 4:26pm EDT
Rev. Michael Orsi. 

During a talk before a group of Republicans in Florida recently, Fr. Michael Orsi, a Catholic priest, said that America’s founders were God-fearing men and women who understood that to have “a virtuous country, you have to believe in God.” Fr. Orsi added that it is “illogical, immoral, and un-American” to leave God out of politics and out of the public square, reported LifeSiteNews on Aug. 6.

“If your pastor is staying away from politics, tell him he's an illegitimate pastor,” said Rev. Orsi. “[P]olitics affect our lives. And when we talk about our lives, we necessarily have to remind ourselves that we are called to be moral creatures.”

“The important part about politics is that God is important in our political life,” he said.


Fr. Orsi further said that the drive to push God and faith out of the public square is "very foolish, very stupid, very un-American." This country was founded by people who believed in God and understood that He plays an integral role in the life of individuals as well as the nation and the world, said the priest.

"They realized that in order to have a virtuous country, you have to believe in God," said Fr. Orsi. "Why? [Because] God guarantees your rights."

“Without God guaranteeing you your rights, who gives you your right?” added Fr. Orsi. “The state? The politicians? God gives you your rights. They are anchored in God.” 

"God sets the standard for what is right and what is wrong,” said the priest, who is the parochial vicar of St. Agnes parish in Naples, Fla.  “And in order to have a healthy political system, in order to have America as we know America, God has to play an important role in our civil discourse.” 


"I think it's time that you talk openly about God,” said Fr. Orsi. “Openly, because that's what people's hearts are and people know what's right when they hear the truth.”

He continued, "Where do we find the truth? Where's our nation rooted? In God, but God in the Bible, in the Judeo Christian tradition. That's where God is found and that's where we learn how to live as good human beings.”

“I want to tell you to speak openly about our rights given to us by God,” said Fr. Orsi. “Tell your pastors that you want to hear the truth. Because it's only the truth that will set you free.”

This story was first reported by

CNSNews Reader,

The media are hard at work weaving a web of confusion, misinformation, and conspiracy surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

CNSNews covers the stories that the liberal media are afraid to touch. It drives the national debate through real, honest journalism—not by misrepresenting or ignoring the facts.

CNSNews has emerged as the conservative media’s lynchpin for original reporting, investigative reporting, and breaking news. We are part of the only organization purely dedicated to this critical mission and we need your help to fuel this fight.

Donate today to help CNSNews continue to report on topics that the liberal media refuse to touch. $25 a month goes a long way in the fight for a free and fair media.

And now, thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you can make up to a $300 gift to the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of your choice and use it as a tax deduction on your 2020 taxes, even if you take the standard deduction on your returns.

— The CNSNews Team



Sign up for our CNSNews Daily Newsletter to receive the latest news.