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Pischke Touts Catholic Priest’s “Unofficial Endorsement”

Angry dad Representative Tom Pischke (R-25/Dell Rapids) got some help from the Holy Father in his strong first-place finish in the District 25 Senate primary:

Tom Pischke, District 25 Senate campaign FB post, 2022.05.18.
Tom Pischke, District 25 Senate campaign FB post, 2022.05.18.
Tom Pischke, FB, apparently posted Primary Day, 2022.06.07, screen cap from eager reader, submitted to DFP 2022.06.09.
Tom Pischke, FB, apparently posted Primary Day, 2022.06.07, screen cap from eager reader, submitted to DFP 2022.06.09.

I’m glad the Sioux Falls Diocese is loosening up on the Catholic position that divorce is a sin. But Tom, I don’t think tagging Father Shane Stevens’ endorsement with “unofficial” and quote marks will insulate your diocese against IRS questions about its non-political non-profit status. When you invoke the priest’s title and uniform to boost your campaign, you invoke the Church, which needs to stay out of partisan candidate politics to keep from paying taxes.

15 Comments

  1. grudznick 2022-06-10

    You fellows already know what I say. Mr. Pischke does not.

    Keep your “god” out of grudznick’s government or grudznick will put our government right smack into your church.

  2. Loren 2022-06-10

    I hate it when I have to agree with Grudz. ;-)

  3. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-06-10

    I’m always pleased to help diverse citizens coalesce around the proposition that churches ought to stay out of partisan politics… or, if they can’t resist, at least start paying taxes and engage in some philosophical consistency.

  4. Edwin Arndt 2022-06-10

    I suspect that the Father can endorse anyone he wants as a private citizen.
    If he does it from the pulpit that would be different. That’s my view.
    I don’t know if the law specifically addresses that situation.

  5. grudznick 2022-06-10

    He can if he’s not wearing his church uniform, Mr. Ardnt. No Overgodding!!

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-06-10

    Edwin, as Grudz notes, Father Stevens does not appear in either post as a private citizen. Pischke invokes the priest’s official title, and the priest appears in his official uniform. He’s using his official authority from the church to give credence to a candidate. Inappropriate legally and theologically.

  7. CK 2022-06-10

    I remember when Tom Pishke used to be a nice kid. What the heck happened to him?

  8. Arlo Blundt 2022-06-10

    Well…I think the parish priest is walking on the edge of propriety of his when providing pastoral care to his congregant that way….I’d be more concerned about Pischke’s need for such care.

  9. larry kurtz 2022-06-10

    That priest has an ick factor of 9.4 on a ten point scale: white, rotund and unctuous.

  10. Mark Anderson 2022-06-10

    Gosh, they simply want women in the kitchen, hopefully preggers, and certain other people back in the closet. It’s the Republican way.

  11. Algebra 2022-06-11

    Mark Anderson, you assume women don’t want to be Stay-At-Home-Mothers.
    For most women, that isn’t an option. They aren’t in the workforce because they want to be, they are working because they have to. Democrats want to put women to work as slaves, in meaningless, repetitive jobs they hate, so that their lives are so miserable they’ll vote for anybody who makes empty promises to improve their situation.

  12. larry kurtz 2022-06-11

    Of the 25 best states for women 22 of them are blue according to the latest rankings from WalletHub. My home state of South Dakota still holds 51st place for the number of women who own businesses, 49th in percentage of women who voted in 2020 but tied for 1st with North Dakota for lowest unemployment among women.

  13. leslie 2022-06-11

    huhhhh?

    “Democrats want to put women to work as slaves, in meaningless, repetitive jobs they hate, so that their lives are so miserable they’ll vote for anybody who makes empty promises to improve their situation.”

  14. Darlene Rlings 2022-06-14

    To algebra, what’s your backup for your claims that Dems want women to be slaves in jobs they don’t like? It’s Republicans who don’t want fair wage laws.

  15. mike from iowa 2022-06-15

    Low paying minimum wage jobs keep familkies in poverty and both parents slaving away because thgey have to. Magats don’t want good paying jobs for anyone except the wealthy. Simple fact oflife. Stop blaming Dems for magat policies.

    Thanks to magat policies pregnant women get almost no maternity leave and usually without pay.

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