Maine’s Catholic churches have taken up collections in recent weeks to fund the diocese’s effort to repeal the state’s newly enacted law permitting gay marriage. Some Catholics object to the effort, while others believe the church is acting within its mission. Does such political advocacy violate the spirit of the law blocking tax-exempt religious organizations from electioneering? Or should churches, like other non-profits, be free to conduct all sorts of political campaigns without legal repercussions? Did the church cross a line by passing the collection plate for this effort? Should a separate political action group be formed by church leaders if they want to effect political change?
Should the Catholic Church be collecting money to repeal the gay marriage law?
Posted Sept. 28, 2009, at 4:08 p.m.