CALGARY, September 29, 2004 ( – In a column titled Ten Questions For Paul Martin: Tax Minister’s Visit Calls For More Answers, Calgary Herald writer Mark Milke reveals that Calgary Bishop Fred Henry was called and warned by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency not to engage in partisan rhetoric during an election.  The CCRA was referring to Bishop Henry’s denouncement of Prime Minister Paul Martin during the election. In his June pastoral letter, the Bishop criticized so-called Catholic politicians like Martin who do not uphold church teachings in their electoral duties, especially on fundamental issues such as abortion.  “All too many politicians try to hide behind, statements such as: ‘I’m personally opposed to abortion, but I will not impose my belief or morality on others’ or ‘Because abortion is so controversial, I must remain neutral and let each person decide on their own,’” he wrote.  Bishop Henry criticized Paul Martin for claiming to be a devout Catholic while being pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage, among other things.  “I believe that the question, ‘If a dissident Catholic leader obstinately persists in opposing fundamental Church teaching, should he or she be turned away if they present themselves for communion,’ has to answered in the affirmative,” Bishop Henry said.  “The tax bureaucrat asked if the Bishop would delete the letter from the church’s website,” Milke wrote in his column, “to which he replied ‘no.’ Milke asks, “Is it normal for tax auditors to contact spiritual leaders on matters of sacred practice and morality, something normally between them and voluntary adherents to their faith?”  Read Milke’s column:

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