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Sun Sep 30, 2012, 09:54 PM

24. We left our Catholic church two weeks ago because of a

very political article in the church bulletin, even negative comments about President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid . I posted about it here on DU and was overwhelmed by the support by the family of DUers. I wrote to the priest explaining why we were leaving: Here is my letter:
September 16, 2012

Dear Father XXXXX,

As we left church this morning after a beautiful sermon and church music, we felt wonderful. Then…we read the church bulletin, specifically the article on page 9. We are not sure you are even aware of this article but it is totally inappropriate and SHOULD NOT have any place in church, whether from the pulpit or the bulletin. If the church, any church, wants to be political, no matter the political party, than it should give up its tax exempt status. The article rages about “socialism.” I find this unbelievable in a retirement community where the parishioners must use the “socialist” roads to get to Mass, whose grandchildren attend “socialist” public schools, who receive Social Security checks, and get their health care from Medicare. Perhaps the parish should not expect or depend on any money collected from the congregation. Smacks of Socialism!

After arriving home from church this morning, we did some research on this article. Apparently it has been published in many church bulletins around the country. I’m wondering how this can be if the IRS is aware of the politicking of tax exempt churches. We’re also wondering if Americans United for Separation of Church and State is aware of this much published article.

After lengthy conversations, we feel we have no choice but to leave St. Mark’s. We don’t feel we can belong to a church that seeks dominion over a person’s political beliefs. “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. Render unto God what is God’s.” We try to keep the two separate---like it says in the Constitution.

Former parishioners

Since then we have been "church shopping." It's very enlightening to visit other churches. Today we went to a non-denominational church. It was so up-lifting and non political.

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