San Diego statement came after a parish bulletin warned that Catholics who voted Democrat risked damnation

It is not a mortal sin to vote Democrat, the Diocese of San Diego has said after a local church bulletin stated that it was.

According to the website Sacramento Bee, the Church of the Immaculate Conception in San Diego issued a flyer inside its weekly bulletin which warned that parishioners risk “descending into hell” if they vote Democrat in the presidential elections.

The flyer pointed out that the Democrats violated Church doctrine on abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic research, euthanasia and human cloning.

In an additional statement on October 30, an article within the church bulletin compared Hillary Clinton to Satan, saying: “The devil does this through tactics outlined by Saul Alinsky, with the outcome as Hillary Clinton stated ‘And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed,’ to draw us away from God’s teachings regarding the sanctity of life to those of the world and its prince,” the bulletin said.

Diocesan spokesman Kevin Eckery told the Union-Tribune: “It’s not a mortal sin to vote for Democrats, number one. And number two, the Church doesn’t take positions on this, and we’re not going to.

“For all I know someone thought that they were doing a service,” Eckery said. “The pastor said it was not something he had reviewed or approved.”

Mr Eckery also said it was not clear who wrote the article comparing Clinton to Satan and it was not clear who authorised for it to be published.