SAN DIEGO -- A newsletter from a San Diego Catholic church has warned parishioners they’ll go to hell if they vote for Democrats.
The San Diego Union-Tribune says a flier inserted in the Oct. 16 bulletin of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church called voting Democratic a mortal sin. It cited five policies - including support for abortion and same-sex marriage - that will doom supporters to eternal damnation.
On Oct. 30, the bulletin itself took aquote out of context to claim she’s influenced by Satan. It also criticized immigration policies and gun control.
The church doubles as an election polling site.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said Wednesday that the messages don’t reflect Catholic teaching and are inappropriate. The diocese says people should vote their consciences.
“By descending into endorsing one party or another or suggesting outlandishly that if you vote for one party you’ll go to hell is just flat out wrong,” spokesman Kevin Eckery told CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-TV.