(ProJo.com): A Washington-based advocacy group accuses the Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, of violating tax law by criticizing GOP presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani’s abortion views in the diocesan newspaper.
The group is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the diocese.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in a news release yesterday, said it took the action because “federal tax law forbids non-profits to use organizational resources to support or oppose candidates for public office.” The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the group’s executive director, said in the letter that Tobin, “appears to have violated federal tax law by attacking Giuliani.” Tobin made his comments in a piece in the Rhode Island Catholic, questioning Giuliani’s position that abortion is wrong, but that government should not impede a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion...
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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Liberals Now Use IRS To Persecute American Catholics
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Here we go! This will be the norm for years to come. When a Catholic priest or bishop says something the Liberals don't like, they'll use the IRS to either silence them, or steal Church property away from parishioners. Welcome to the new America! Granted, this sort of thing has been done before, but now you see its getting more personal. Catholic bishops are required, by the code of canon law, to deny communion to pro-abortion politicians (regardless of the political party), and in doing so they will have to announce that such a decision has been made. This is not an endorsement or criticism of their candidacy for any particular office. This is not the same as telling Catholics how to vote. This is an internal matter of Church disicplinary action and it falls under the "free exercise" clause of the First Amendment. But in recent years, Liberal organizations have interpreted the "establishment clause" of the same Amendment more broadly, issuing complaints to the IRS in an attempt to intimadate religious leaders to shut up, or else punish them (and their congregations) for daring to practice their religion openly. Get ready folks, because this tactic is extremely sucessful and its coming to a parish near you...