Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Catholics for a Free Choice, a group that believes the Pope should stay out of the abortion question, has filed an IRS complaint against the Denver Archdiocese:

"Archbishop Chaput, leader of the Archdiocese of Denver, has repeatedly engaged in voter instruction by explicitly urging Catholics to vote against candidates who support abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research. In fourteen of 28 of his columns in the archdiocese's weekly newspaper, Archbishop Chaput has repeatedly urged voters to reject candidates opposed to the organization's views. The archbishop has also attempted to influence voters during public speeches, interviews and on Friday, October 22, in an op-ed in the New York Times.

"Without mentioning anyone by name, the archdiocese has frequently equated a vote for certain candidates as sinful and even outright 'evil.'

I wonder why no complaints ever seem to be filed against those Southern Baptist churches when Bill Clinton or John Kerry or Jesse Jackson stand in the pulpit and do much more than Archbishop Chaput ever does. This is just the sort of action our priest said the bishops were worried about.

So what if the Catholic Church loses its IRS except status? Whoever said being Christian was cheap, or easy?

I heard Jesse Jackson preach from the pulpit a few weeks ago, saying, "Raise your hand if you or someone in your family is gay and plans to be married this year." Of couse no one raised their hand. "You see, this issue is a side issue, what is it doing in the center of our plate?" I wonder, since there are supposedly 55 abortions for every 100 live births in the African American community, how many women would have raised their hands (honestly) if the question was "Raise your hand if you or someone in your family has had an abortion or plans to have one." -- perhaps the abortion issue should be at the center of the plate.

Update: OK, here's some Republican payback.

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