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Parishes advised about election policies

News of the Diocese

October 21, 2010

The upcoming general election promises to be very hard fought in this state.  If past elections are any indication, it appears that many individuals and groups will be trying to involve churches in their political campaigns, even some from the best of intentions.

The law of the United States, as provided in the Internal Revenue Code, is that churches and other non-profit organizations cannot take any part in the political campaigns of candidates or do or say anything that could be construed as statements or hints favoring one candidate over another.

Review complete letter from Brother Patrick T. Shea, General Counsel, Diocesan Legal Office; See Parishes and Political Activity page; See Bulletin Announcement paragraph>

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