IRC 501(c)(3) exemption for “religious purposes”?
How is a Catholic bishop promoting the Republican party and political policies that he prefers a “religious purpose” ? From “Bay Windows,” dated September 23: “The Roman Catholic bishop of Providence R.I. says he has become a registered Republican. Bishop Thomas Tobin spoke Tuesday night at a meeting of Rhode Island’s young republicans. He says he made the decision to switch his party affiliation from democrat after the 2012 democratic convention, because he could not be associated with that party’s views on abortion and same-sex marriage, He expressed disappointment with many Catholic politicians and said they ‘let is down’ by allowing gay marriage to become the law in Rhode Island. He also called the law a personal failure for him. The bishop defended his political activism, saying he takes the teachings of the church and applies them to current issues.” Which leads to the IRS not doing their job. Why is this man and the corporation that he works for, known as the Catholic Church, not paying any taxes? Why is the owner of the property that he lives in not paying any property taxes and allowing this agent of the Republican party to live there rent free?
—Janice Josephine Carney