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« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2007, 09:32:07 PM »

Here is the law you can if you want proof check out the IRS website,  a religous organization is a 501(c)3 witch is a non-profit org. Organizations that have this tax code are prohibited from conducting political campaign activities of any kind. If they do they can loose there status and be taxed like a regular corporation, which means they will have to pay property tax among other things.

Here is the IRS link http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/index.html

Catholics usually lean more to democratic canidates than to republican canidates. This is not unfounded and is a commenly know fact that they.  Almost every year but a few, ( the most recent 2004) the majority of Catholics vote for the Democratic ticketHere are a few links.

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/results/index.epolls.html

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2006/pages/results/states/US/H/00/epolls.0.html

I cant find the data from when Clinton ran but he held the Catholic vote also.
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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2007, 09:33:22 PM »


There are lots of pro-life Catholics who would vote for a pro-choice candidate if the other issues are good.  A Democratic candidate would do well to at least appear moderate on that issue to neutralize the issue for Catholic voters.

This my friend is completely unfounded.
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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2007, 10:41:26 PM »

Our denomination expressly forbids the clergy to discuss politics from the lectern.  As a citizen, our pastors are free to make any political statement they want, just as are we lay people.  But it is not allowed from the pulpit.  It makes it awful hard for the faithful practitioner of any denomination to go against what seems to be the official stance of the denomination.  I don't know about anyone else, but I don't want any part of a theocratic nation.  Let the churches do their jobs and let the politicians do theirs.  And we the voters and parishioners will decide how long these people practice their particular vocation.  Please vote from your heart.
Very well said.
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« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2007, 06:08:55 AM »

Here is the law you can if you want proof check out the IRS website,  a religous organization is a 501(c)3 witch is a non-profit org. Organizations that have this tax code are prohibited from conducting political campaign activities of any kind. If they do they can loose there status and be taxed like a regular corporation, which means they will have to pay property tax among other things.

Here is the IRS link http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/index.html

Catholics usually lean more to democratic canidates than to republican canidates. This is not unfounded and is a commenly know fact that they.  Almost every year but a few, ( the most recent 2004) the majority of Catholics vote for the Democratic ticketHere are a few links.

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/results/index.epolls.html

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2006/pages/results/states/US/H/00/epolls.0.html

I cant find the data from when Clinton ran but he held the Catholic vote also.
Bishops in stating which candidates best represent the belief's of the church, campaign for God, not man. I don't think answering a parishoners questions regarding beliefs and potential candidates violates any law
I would think devout Catholics, who are pro life, would choose pro life candidates, not too many of which happen to be Democrat.
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« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2007, 06:31:43 AM »

as long as its not hillary!
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« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2007, 08:06:10 AM »

The article that was written specifically mentioned the bishops did not mention names of people to vote for.  I would think with all the legal issues they are facing these days they are pretty thorough about that.  The latest pope is quoted as saying"Americans follow cafeteria style catholism" meaning we pick and choose what we wish to follow out of church doctrine.  I do believe that is because of our culture here in the states.  Anyway this article was to "help catholics use their moral compass"  I too feel that I will vote as I please.  I just wonder if these bishops are just trying to jumpstart people to return to the roots of their faith. 

Thanks everyone for being civil I have enjoyed reading the responses and learned a lot to.
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