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Dear Friends,
I doubt there is a person in the United States who does not know that Tuesday of this week is Election Day. I have often urged parishioners to be sure to vote. It’s harder to do that this year. Officially, the Church cannot either endorse or oppose any particular candidate, and that applies to federal, state and even local elections. Neither can a parish “distribute educational materials biased with respect to any candidate, political party or PAC; conduct public forums, debates or lectures (homilies?) biased with respect to any candidate, political party or PAC.”

These prohibitions are contained in the Tax Code, by which churches are exempt from income taxes and donations to churches constitute “tax-deductible charitable contributions.” “The IRS interprets the political campaign intervention prohibition as absolute, meaning that a single act can cause an organization to lose its tax exemption, regardless of whether the act constitutes a substantial part of the organization’s activities. Courts have supported this view.” While some priests, in different places, cross that line, I believe it is better not to.

That having been said, I believe we need to take seriously the challenge of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, “Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. (Matt. 5:16). And that includes the voting booth. When you walk into that private place on Tuesday, please take Jesus with you, and the Gospel values He preached. If you need some help in discerning those values, as they relate to the platforms of the two major parties, may I suggest you go to www.Votinginfo.net You will find there a side-by-side comparison of the platforms of the two major parties. (FYI – The Johnson Amendment, referred to in the section on Religious Liberty, is the prohibition that I quoted in the above paragraph.) The rest is between you and your God.

Whichever way you vote, if you vote, pray for our country. The divisions seem to be so deep and hope seems to be in short supply. But we can take comfort in the encouragement Jesus gave us. “For human beings this is impossible, but for God, all things are possible.” (Matt. 19:26).
God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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