DENVER, October 26, 2004 ( – The pro-abortion, anti-Catholic and fraudulent Catholics for a Free Choice has complained to the US tax watchdog, the Internal Revenue Service, about Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput. CFFC, a strong supporter of John Kerry, is complaining about what it calls partisan comments in a column the Archbishop published in The New York Times Friday.  “If we believe in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, we need to prove that by our actions, including our political choices,” the Archbishop said. “Anything less leads to the corruption of our integrity.”

Archbishop Chaput “has repeatedly urged voters to reject candidates opposed to the organization’s views,” the CFFC complaint reads, according to a Tuesday Rocky Mountain News report. The CFFC claims that telling his flock that voting for a pro-choice candidate “is morally incoherent and irresponsible” is politically partisan, and a violation of the church’s 501c-3 tax exemption.  Archdiocese communications director Sergio Gutierrez told Rocky Mountain News Monday that “The church in northern Colorado respects and observes the law.” Gutierrez said the CFFC’s complaint is really no surprise, given their 30-year record of pro-abortion anti-Catholic campaigning.  “The ‘choice’ in abortion always involves the choice to end the life of an unborn human being,” Archbishop Chaput wrote in his opinion article. “For anyone who sees this fact clearly, neutrality, silence or private disapproval are not options. They are evils almost as grave as abortion itself.”“The Catholic Church does not endorse candidates, has no desire to do so, and neither do I,” Archbishop Chaput said in an e-mail interview with the Rocky Mountain News last week.  CFFC receives large-scale funding from U.S. tax shelter foundations. For example according to an article in the July 15, 2002 Insight in the News, in 2001 it received the following: Ford Foundation ($4.4 million), Packard Foundation ($3.8 million), The MacArthur Foundation ($1.6 million), Hewlett Foundation ($600,000), Buffett Foundation ($375,000), the Turner Foundation ($150,000).  It received a staggering $15 million from such foundations between 1996 and 2000 and has continued to be funded with additional millions since then, with the Ford Foundation being its biggest donor and George Soros also being part of its stable of generous contributors.  Read coverage of Archbishop Chaput’s New York Times column, Faith and Patriotism, including a link to the complete text at:   tv


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