Friday, October 24, 2008

The Pulpit Police: IRS and the Bishop

The pulpit police are coming to a parish nearest you... if not your own.

Apprarently, the rev. Barry Lynn (just what church he governes from I don't know) has found it offensive language in Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli homily.

The bishop wrote a column and centered it on abortion which made Mr. Lynn squirm in his seat.

... so what did he do?

"Hello, IRS? I'd like to report a Separation of Church and State violation."

It's more like a TRUTH violation. We Catholics are not allowed to address abortions issues during an election year.

Maybe if this were written and delivered by Rev. Wright at his Trinity church, it would have been okay.

Read the Story:
Bishop's column on Obama abortion polices prompts call fro IRS action

A New Jersey bishop’s newspaper column which criticized Sen. Barack Obama’s support for pro-abortion legislation has prompted the activist group Americans United for Separation of Church and State to request an Internal Revenue Service investigation. The group alleges that Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli violated regulations forbidding tax-exempt organizations from tying political issues to the candidates who support them.

In Bishop Serratelli’s October 23rd column, titled “A Politician’s Promise: No Right to Life! No Freedom!”, he examined the status of abortion law in America today, noting that most Americans now favor “some kind of a ban on abortion” and that the number of abortions is in decline.

“There is truly a deep sensitivity to life in the soul of America,” he continued, claiming the proposed Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would “mortally wound this sensitivity.”

According to the bishop, the proposed federal FOCA bill would remove the rights of medical personnel and hospitals which have moral objections to performing abortions.

“Gone the freedom of conscience so essential for a civil society!” Bishop Serratelli predicted.

Here's the offending column ( offending to Mr. Lynn that is)

Bishop Serratelli: If Obama fulfills his promise, "the innocent and vulnerable will spill their blood"

Don't thinks this is the last of these kind of IRS reportings.

Canada comes to mind...

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