New Order of Catholic Priests Is Forming to Fight Abortions.
The society will be funded through private donations . . . , and is being established with the knowledge and blessing of the Vatican.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, churches risk losing their tax-exempt status if they endorse or oppose political candidates.
But they can adopt political positions and, to a limited degree, lobby to influence legislation.
Planned Parenthood said it feared that people trained by the society would use hardball tactics against healthcare providers, such as organizing clinic blockades.
(3-31-05 The Los Angeles Times.)