Law: Political Pulpits

Catholic Church draws suit

It was the last Sunday before two hotly contested primary elections in Massachusetts. At Roman Catholic Masses in the Boston area, priests pulled out a letter written by the local archbishop, Humberto Cardinal Medeiros, warning worshipers that anyone voting for a politician favoring abortion would incur some of the guilt for "this horrendous crime and deadly sin." The unnamed targets: pro-choice Congressional Candidates Barney Frank and James Shannon. The letter caused bitter debate about whether the church had improperly taken a hand in partisan politics, a frequent question throughout...

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