COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A watchdog group asked the IRS on Thursday to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Roman Catholic diocese in Colorado Springs over the bishop’s threat to withhold communion from those who disagree with the church.
Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said the church should lose its tax-exempt status because it used church resources for political purposes.
Bishop Michael Sheridan wrote in a Catholic newspaper this month that Catholics should not receive communion if they vote for politicians who disagree with the church by backing abortion rights and other topics.
“I believe that Bishop Sheridan, by issuing this document in a church publication in his official capacity as head of a religious organization, may have violated federal tax law and jeopardized the tax-exempt status of the Diocese of Colorado Springs,” Lynn said in a letter to the IRS.
Of course using the IRS to try to force Bishops to not speak publicly on Church discipline and the sacraments does not violate their so-called wall of separation between church and state. Of course what can you expect from a group that names itself after a concept not found in the Constitution.