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Raw Story: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Faces IRS Complaint Over Partisan Advocacy



U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops faces IRS complaint over partisan advocacy (via Raw Story )

The Washington, D.C.-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has asked the IRS to investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, alleging that numerous bishops had violated federal tax law by engaging in partisan advocacy. “As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Conference…



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5 Responses to Raw Story: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Faces IRS Complaint Over Partisan Advocacy

  1. LiberalJoe November 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Good, damn good on CREW.

    Tax the Church, all church’s, and denominations if the want to play in the political arena. I believe in free speech absolutely, so expressing an opinion or advocating for a cause is fine regardless if I agree with it. But if you want to be in politic’s no more hiding behind the pulpit and tax exemption.

    I’m a Catholic and I wish the church showed this much empathy and concern for the victims of pedophile priests. The Catholic Church is nothing more than a global business institution or Corporation trying to a get a message out, and their message and product is God and obedience. On local levels there are many fine priests, nuns, and charities and institutions doing great work and are more attuned to the local needs of the community. But the Church as a whole is way beyond that and as such needs to be treated as a multi-national corporation, starting with the local diocese’s. This is not about faith in God, and I do believe in God, but this is about injecting oneself into the political arena for power and control.

    The vast majority of Catholics in the US barely pay attention to the Church and their pronouncements on reproductive rights, stem cell research, women’s choice. In fact their is a longing for a more expansive church-women priests to name one. Catholic’s are a lot more liberal than they are given credit for by both parties.

    No mercy for church’s that want to play politics, tax them, tax them until they say mercy.

    • Taylor Marsh November 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

      But the Church as a whole is way beyond that and as such needs to be treated as a multi-national corporation…

      Wow, well said, lj.

  2. DaGoat November 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    This isn’t going anywhere. Many many non-profits are politically active and with many that is their main reason to exist. My understanding is unless they are directly telling people how to vote in a current election or endorsing candidates they are essentially immune from losing their non-profit status. The only instance I see in the article is the bishop from Peoria, even then the exact language provided doesn’t include a direct endorsement.

    Folks on the right complain all the time about the same thing occurring with black churches and organizations like Rainbow Coalition. Don’t expect the IRS to do anything.

  3. fangio November 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    This has been going on for four long years and now they act. Where has Obama’s IRS been? Cowering before the religious right, thats where.

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