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Petitioning IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman

Revoke the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, IL

In a recent statement, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois claimed that voting for a Democratic candidate would put the salvation of one's soul in jeopardy.

He stated specifically that the Democratic Party platform regarding abortion, contraception, and gay rights as human rights is an explicit "intrinsic evil." Regarding the Republican Party platform, he stated, "there is nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin."

Following this, Bishop Paprocki warned that "you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy. I pray that God will give you the wisdom and guidance to make the morally right choices."

You can view or read the full statement on the official diocesan website.

In short, this statement by the Catholic bishop of Springfield, Illinois is tantamount to political endorsement of the Republican Party, which is a violation of IRS rules that regulate tax-exempt, non-profit organizations. Churches are not allowed to officially endorse or oppose any political candidate from the pulpit or in church publications, and maintain tax-exempt status. Additionally, churches may not show favorable or unfavorable bias toward a candidate or political party.

Please help in revoking the tax exempt status of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, and preserve the separation of church and state.

Letter to
IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman
I'm writing today to ask IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

In a recent statement, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois claimed that voting for a Democratic candidate would put the salvation of one's soul in jeopardy.

He stated specifically that the Democratic Party platform regarding abortion, contraception, and gay rights as human rights is an explicit "intrinsic evil." Regarding the Republican Party platform, he stated, "there is nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin."

Following this, Bishop Paprocki warned that "you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy. I pray that God will give you the wisdom and guidance to make the morally right choices."

In short, this statement by the Catholic bishop of Springfield, Illinois is tantamount to political endorsement of the Republican Party, which is a violation of IRS rules that regulate tax-exempt, non-profit organizations. Churches are not allowed to officially endorse or oppose any political candidate from the pulpit or in church publications, and maintain tax-exempt status. Additionally, churches may not show favorable or unfavorable bias toward a candidate or political party.

I believe in the separation of church and state, and I hope we can preserve this by revoking the tax exempt status of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

Thank you.

Sincerely,