Peru Bishop - vote for two presidential hopefuls would be 'a sin'


LIMA (Reuters) - A Peruvian archbishop told congregants they would be committing “a sin” if they vote for two left-leaning presidential candidates because of their stances on abortion and gay rights.

The comment on Sunday by Javier del Rio, responsible for the archdiocese of Peru’s second biggest city Arequipa with more than one million Catholics, was aimed at Veronika Mendoza and Alfredo Barnechea, who were virtually tied for third place in opinion polls two weeks before the April 10 election.

Mendoza and Barnechea both believe abortion should be legal in the case of rape and support civil unions to give same-sex couples the legal benefits of marriage.


I think we have some Catholic Bishops who support same sex civil unions.


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