Saturday, September 20, 2008

Props to Archbishop John C. Favalora of Miami

Archbishop Favalora has made it clear he is not going to be playing along with the religious right and endorsing candidates: good for him. There is a whiff of desperation coming from the righthand side of the political divide these days. Favalora:

A group called the Alliance Defense Fund is urging pastors across the country to join their Pulpit Freedom Initiative by preaching a sermon "that addresses the candidates for government office in light of the truth of Scripture."

The group's goal is to challenge the Internal Revenue Service's restriction on tax-exempt organizations "by specifically opposing candidates for office that do not align themselves and their positions with the scriptural truth."

Needless to say, none of our Catholic churches or priests will be participating in this initiative. For one thing, we can do a lot for our communities with the money we save by being tax-exempt. That is why we accept that status and agree to abide by IRS rules that ban religious organizations from becoming involved in partisan politics.

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