A recent Pew survey found almost half of all black preachers use their pulpit to openly campaign for Obama.

(CNSNews.com) – Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), late Friday, filed a formal complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for allegedly engaging in prohibited political activity in violation of its nonprofit tax status.

The CREW complaint alleges that the nation’s Catholic bishops are “abusing their positions to advocate against the election of President Barack Obama,” and anticipated further actions during this weekend’s sermons.

The complaint mentions several bishops — including Nicholas Di Marzio in New York; David Ricken in Wisconsin; Edward J. Burns in Alaska and Paul Loverde in Virginia — who it said have “warned of the evils of the Obama administration, followed by an exhortation for Catholics to vote.”

CREW also alleges that some bishops “have cautioned that voting for Democrats would not be faithful to Christ and would endanger the soul.”

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