THE TABERNACLE OF THE LORD,
NOT THE PARTY CLUBHOUSE
Earlier this month, a priest in the Archdiocese of New York included an endorsement of Mitt Romney in the Sunday bulletin.
Including an endorsement of a presidential candidate in the Sunday bulletin isn’t just illegal, it violates the sacred space of our sanctuaries. 40,000 Catholics and people of faith signed a petition asking Cardinal Dolan to clarify church policy that partisan politics has no place in the Catholic Mass.
The Mass is a time for us to reflect, pray, and worship God, not hear partisan political messages. As we get closer to election day, we could be seeing this in other parishes. Either outright endorsements or partisan biased "Voter Guides."
Our friends at Catholics United will be conducting a campaign to protect our parishes. Anyone who becomes aware of inappropriate actions, fliers or bulletin announcements in their parish is urged to contact Jason Miller, Catholics United's parish protection coordinator at email@example.com.
Quick and speedy exposure of these actions are critically important.