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CATHOLIC GROUP ASKS IRS TO PENALIZE ARCHDIOCESE

A Catholic abortion-rights group has asked the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and to stop the archdiocese's attempts to influence Tuesday's election.

The complaint says the archdiocese violated its status as a public charity because such groups are prohibited from acting for or against a certain candidate.

The complaint was filed Tuesday by the Washington-based Catholics for a Free Choice.

The complaint cites an Oct. 1 pastoral letter by Archbishop Raymond Burke, who forbade Catholics to vote for candidates who support abortion rights, euthanasia, reproductive cloning, gay marriage and embryonic stem cell research -- what Burke called the five "intrinsic evils."

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