We are not even a week from the election. The pay-back will now start and pick up speed.
From the paper in Green Bay, WI:
A Madison-based group that advocates the separation of church and state and once took on Green Bay City Hall for putting up a nativity scene is now taking on the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is looking for help from the Internal Revenue Service in going after Bishop David Ricken for what it says is a violation of the diocese’s nonprofit tax status. The foundation argues Ricken intervened in a political campaign.
The foundation is asking the IRS to investigate the diocese and take “appropriate action to remedy any violations” of the diocese’s non-profit tax status.
Ricken wrote an article Oct. 24 for publication in all church bulletins within the diocese calling for parishioners to keep church teachings in mind when voting in the Nov. 6 election.
In his article, which Ricken titled “An Important Moment,” he stated the church is not a political organism but that it has a responsibility to speak out regarding moral issues. Ricken urged church members to keep in mind a set of what he calls “non-negotiables.” Those are positions he says are “intrinsically evil” and that “cannot be supported by anyone who is a believer in God or the common good or the dignity of the human person.” He cited abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and gay marriage.
Read the rest there.