Guest Blog: Catholic Church should stay out of politics

This op-ed, written by Duane Dubey, a regular commenter here at Blogging Blue, was originally posted at

In November, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a request with the Internal Revenue Service “to investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for engaging in prohibited political activity in violation of its protected tax status.”

As a Catholic who loves his church, I’m concerned and will pray that the Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse will not become known as the Republican Catholic Diocese of La Crosse because of any association, perceived or real, with Republican political groups whose primary and avowed purpose is to remove elected representatives and “settled law” that does not conform to their theology.

I respectfully call attention of my bishop to the freedom clauses in the First Amendment and the fact that the United States is a republic, not a theocracy. It’s ironic that from some of these political groups have sprung assassins of doctors, clinic bombers, and protesters interfering with the rights of women seeking medical treatment or advise.

I thank God we have a Constitution and Bill of Rights allowing each his or her conscience the freedom of religion and practice thereof.