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- Statement Regarding the "Nuns on the Bus"2012-11-01
STATEMENT REGARDING THE "NUNS ON THE BUS" CAMPAIGN AND SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO CHURCH (ARLINGTON)
MICHAEL J. DONOHUE, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
DIOCESE OF ARLINGTON:
(Nov. 1, 2012) “Today, it came to the attention of the Diocese of Arlington that one of our parishes was planning to host the ‘Nuns on the Bus’ at a parish event tomorrow, in the lead-up to next week’s elections. The diocesan Political Activity Guidelines require parishes to submit a proposal in advance and consult with our Virginia Catholic Conference with regard to any planned event involving political or public policy issues. Those required steps were not taken for this event.
“The diocese therefore worked with the parish to modify the event so the Political Activity Guidelines would not be violated, while retaining the intended focus of the event on the parish’s outreach and social ministries. The ‘Nuns on the Bus’ are welcome to attend Mass at the parish, but they may not make any presentation, distribute any written material, or otherwise utilize the facilities of Saint Charles Borromeo Church in any way.
"It is unfortunate that the organizers of this event did not follow established diocesan procedures, which provide that ‘No speakers are to be invited to events before receiving the reviewer’s approval.’ We recognize the concerns of many in the diocese raised by the scheduling of a ‘Nuns on the Bus’ campaign event at one of our churches and regret any inconvenience to those involved.”