IRS warning raises church leaders' ire

All Saints Episcopal's tax-exempt status at risk
A large, progressive Episcopal church in southern California, warned by the Internal Revenue Service that its tax-exempt status may be at risk over a preelection antiwar sermon delivered last year, says it intends to fight what it calls “unsupported” assertions by the federal agency.

The IRS, citing a newspaper account of a guest sermon at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena on October 31, 2004, said that the sermon by retired ex-rector George Regas may have violated IRS rules against endorsing political candidates.


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