Monday, August 18, 2008

An Uncivil Union

Most churches and other religious organizations are 501(c)(3) tax exempt which means that the IRS prohibits them from engaging in candidate election advocacy. Violation of this regulation can result in the termination of their tax exempt status.

Given the multiple rumors I had heard that Linda Pereira was tailoring her political platform to make nice with the Catholic Church, I was disappointed, but not surprised to find this Pereira sign hanging at St. Michael's Church feast 2 weeks ago (also an O'Neil for Probate sign)

Perhaps it is a common practice that is overlooked, but it is still in violation of IRS regulations. Is supporting a racist "joke" telling, self preserving liar worth losing tax exempt status?

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

you are a nasty individual talking about her like that you are a joke,why dont you run for office and see how well you do.

shamrock said...

I am nasty for bringing up her past and present acts? Well then so be it...but as a reminder, aside from her disgusting "joke", she breached the confidentiality of a foster family in a criminal matter, lied about it, and then tried to throw a journalist under the bus to cover her own ass. She cowardly and self preservingly resigned her position before having to testify in the matter.

So if I am nasty and Linda is a saint - I think your scale is skewed.

Anonymous said...

Dear anonymous are you kidding us
calling Shamrock nasty for stating a fact that is public knowledge.
Maybe you should run for office and not hide from the truth.

Cathy Anne

General said...

As I said over in another blog, I do not live in Sullivan's district but I heard about her whisper campaign and how she is using a group from the local catholic churches to hurt Sullivan due to his vote on gay marriages.

One of the groups members threw her a coffee hour at her house.

At the same time this group, I think it is called Catholic Citizens, is creating a voter guide.

Anonymous said...

As a practicing Catholic I will have to contact the Catholic Charities Appeal and Bishop to ask
why the church is getting involved in politics before I make my next
donation.

Puck said...

To Anonymous #1:

Be angry at Shamrock if you want, but those observations are based on facts recorded in public documents. Since you can’t refute the facts, you lash out in anger. Your fury is understandable, as you obviously care about Ms. Pereira, but it is sadly misplaced.

Instead, direct your anger at Linda herself. SHE is the one who presented herself as a racist and thought it was funny, SHE breached confidentiality, SHE told the foster parents they couldn’t speak during public comment time at a city council meeting. SHE’s the one who repeatedly lied to her employer, to the Herald News, and then attempted to drag another reporter into her web of deceit.

SHE alone created her deplorable image.

Are you her daughter, her friend? Then be angry at HER because she has let you down, brought shame upon herself, her family and her supporters. And by refusing to speak about these issues, acts as if none of her behavior matters. She’s in public office. It DOES matter.

If the Catholic diocese is so short-sighted as to imply that Linda Pereira is the more morally upright candidate for state rep, they are being extremely hypocritical. Do they really want their faithful to vote for a lying, cowardly racist because SO FAR it hasn’t been politically expedient for her to back gay marriage or stem cell research? Can they really TRUST her???

I have no problem with the local Church advising on popular issues: that is their duty. But I will look at the whole picture of each candidate.

In backing Pereira, even subversively in the form of a thinly-veiled “voting guide,” the Church would be saying that it is OK to demean an entire race, to lie again and again, to sacrifice an innocent reporter to save her own backside, and to betray the trust of a family whom she was supposed to be protecting.

The Church needs to ask itself, “Where would Christ stand on those issues?”

Anonymous said...

I am not surprised by this at all I personally recieved an invitation to a fundraiser at a school commitee members house and the invitation was to announce that Linda is "pro family" ....

I was actually a part of this of this commitee members leadership team. I was offended by the way him and his wife used their contacts to futher Linda's campaign...

His wife has been very out spoken concerning her thoughts on pro life...


I fell like they should have shown their support in less active way, but who am i just another voter...

General said...

From what I understand, it is the wife of the school committee member who is putting together this so-called voters guide.

General said...

By the way, who is anti-family???

I am so tired of these type of people who want to tell us how we should live. Linda is going to teach me ethics and morals, I do not think so.

Anonymous said...

well lets see which school committee member could it be-
it is a married male and his wife
isa very active catholic in politics? Anyone want to give me a hint????

Anonymous said...

Never mind google works every time:



By LINDA ANDRADE RODRIGUES
Standard-Times staff writer
June 23, 2007 6:00 AM
Most Viewed Stories
Westport woman dies in Route 93 motorcycle accidentHistory survives Fort Taber excavationQuickie storm cuts power to 2,500 homesDeveloper offers vision for New Bedford casinoInterim assistant school chief declines jobCape priest flees to Brazil after child sex allegation (9:15 p.m.)Bicyclist injured in morning accident "Are you bothered that every 24 seconds a baby is aborted with your tax dollars? Are you concerned that the sacred institution of marriage is being attacked and redefined? Are you disturbed that atheists are using our courts to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and remove the Ten Commandments from public view?"

These are some of the questions printed on a leaflet distributed by Catholic Citizenship, a national public policy education movement committed to the values and teachings of the Catholic faith.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement to the 65 million Catholics in the United States, the largest religious voting bloc in the country: "In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation."

Fulfilling this call of the bishops, Catholic Citizenship is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization.

"We are pro-life, pro-family, and pro-poor," the leaflet states. "Being Catholic is a verb, not a noun."

Locally, Beatrice Martins, Catholic Citizenship public policy coordinator for the diocese of Fall River, works alongside Jane Wilcox, legislative liaison and coordinator for the Catholic High Schools. The women are responsible for educating Catholics on the Church's teachings on public policy issues and getting Catholics involved in the political process using their faith as a guide.

Catholic Citizenship activists were in Boston last week, when the Massachusetts Legislature rejected a proposed marriage amendment.

Mrs. Martins said the 170,000 citizens who signed the petition deserved the opportunity to define marriage.

"Outside pressures were allowed to enter into this debate and rob the citizens of Massachusetts of our democratic process," she said. "The legislators who remained true to their convictions while under tremendous pressure are to be sincerely congratulated."

Mrs. Wilcox observed that it was a sad day to see the issue blocked from being decided by the people who are supposed to be representing them.

A student member of the Catholic Citizenship group at Bishop Stang High School, Cameron Durant, was at the Statehouse last week when the marriage amendment was defeated.

"I was deeply saddened by the results of the Constitutional Convention, because the people of Massachusetts were not given their right as citizens of the Commonwealth to exercise their civic duty and vote on this issue," he said. "This situation is one of the most important facing our state, because we are redefining an institution that has lasted for thousands of years."

Mrs. Wilcox praised Mr. Durant's leadership in bringing Catholic Citizenship to Bishop Stang. The group was established in September 2006.

Campus Minister Amanda Cooke serves as adviser to the group.

"As Catholic citizens, our main mission is to testify to the truth," she said. "A moral truth is something that pertains to all people at all times, not just Catholics."

Throughout the school year, Ms. Cooke leads prayer meetings and rosaries, plans retreats, oversees projects, arranges field trips to rallies and invites legislators to speak to the group.

State Rep. Stephen R. Canessa recently addressed the students.

"We discussed what our concerns were, and he brought up concerns of his own," Mrs. Wilcox said.

The scheduled half-hour meeting stretched to two hours long.

During the past year, Mr. Durant has met many legislators, worked on rallies in Boston, and had the opportunity to hear former Gov. Mitt Romney speak. He will be attending Providence College in the fall.

"I want to be a politician, a legislator," he said.

For more information, visit www.CatholicVote.org

Contact Linda Andrade Rodrigues at lrodrigues@s-t.com

Anonymous said...

Never mind google works every time:



By LINDA ANDRADE RODRIGUES
Standard-Times staff writer
June 23, 2007 6:00 AM
Most Viewed Stories
Westport woman dies in Route 93 motorcycle accidentHistory survives Fort Taber excavationQuickie storm cuts power to 2,500 homesDeveloper offers vision for New Bedford casinoInterim assistant school chief declines jobCape priest flees to Brazil after child sex allegation (9:15 p.m.)Bicyclist injured in morning accident "Are you bothered that every 24 seconds a baby is aborted with your tax dollars? Are you concerned that the sacred institution of marriage is being attacked and redefined? Are you disturbed that atheists are using our courts to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and remove the Ten Commandments from public view?"

These are some of the questions printed on a leaflet distributed by Catholic Citizenship, a national public policy education movement committed to the values and teachings of the Catholic faith.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement to the 65 million Catholics in the United States, the largest religious voting bloc in the country: "In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation."

Fulfilling this call of the bishops, Catholic Citizenship is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization.

"We are pro-life, pro-family, and pro-poor," the leaflet states. "Being Catholic is a verb, not a noun."

Locally, Beatrice Martins, Catholic Citizenship public policy coordinator for the diocese of Fall River, works alongside Jane Wilcox, legislative liaison and coordinator for the Catholic High Schools. The women are responsible for educating Catholics on the Church's teachings on public policy issues and getting Catholics involved in the political process using their faith as a guide.

Catholic Citizenship activists were in Boston last week, when the Massachusetts Legislature rejected a proposed marriage amendment.

Mrs. Martins said the 170,000 citizens who signed the petition deserved the opportunity to define marriage.

"Outside pressures were allowed to enter into this debate and rob the citizens of Massachusetts of our democratic process," she said. "The legislators who remained true to their convictions while under tremendous pressure are to be sincerely congratulated."

Mrs. Wilcox observed that it was a sad day to see the issue blocked from being decided by the people who are supposed to be representing them.

A student member of the Catholic Citizenship group at Bishop Stang High School, Cameron Durant, was at the Statehouse last week when the marriage amendment was defeated.

"I was deeply saddened by the results of the Constitutional Convention, because the people of Massachusetts were not given their right as citizens of the Commonwealth to exercise their civic duty and vote on this issue," he said. "This situation is one of the most important facing our state, because we are redefining an institution that has lasted for thousands of years."

Mrs. Wilcox praised Mr. Durant's leadership in bringing Catholic Citizenship to Bishop Stang. The group was established in September 2006.

Campus Minister Amanda Cooke serves as adviser to the group.

"As Catholic citizens, our main mission is to testify to the truth," she said. "A moral truth is something that pertains to all people at all times, not just Catholics."

Throughout the school year, Ms. Cooke leads prayer meetings and rosaries, plans retreats, oversees projects, arranges field trips to rallies and invites legislators to speak to the group.

State Rep. Stephen R. Canessa recently addressed the students.

"We discussed what our concerns were, and he brought up concerns of his own," Mrs. Wilcox said.

The scheduled half-hour meeting stretched to two hours long.

During the past year, Mr. Durant has met many legislators, worked on rallies in Boston, and had the opportunity to hear former Gov. Mitt Romney speak. He will be attending Providence College in the fall.

"I want to be a politician, a legislator," he said.

For more information, visit www.CatholicVote.org

Contact Linda Andrade Rodrigues at lrodrigues@s-t.com

Anonymous said...

Joe Martins and his wife are crazy right wingers. Far, far right. These are the same type of people who helped to get George W. Bush elected President. Thanks a lot guys!

I guess I'm going to hell, I consider myself a Christian but I guess I'm not enough of a "Conservative Christian." I think they should change the name to "Shiite Christians" or "Shiite Catholics" because we complain about how some Muslims in other countries teach hate in their schools yet we do the same thing here except it is Christians doing it instead.