For a lot of you, this will be hard to believe, but any members here in the Philippines will verify that this is true.
Anyway in the Philippines, during election campaign time, volunteers or workers for political candidates go to churches and after Mass, just outside of parish grounds (like right outside the gate as people pass through) they hand out leaflets for their political candidates.
Full disclosure: I come from a political family and have done this too. I was never comfortable with it and eventually it gnawed away at my conscience enough where I just couldn’t do it anymore. But here’s the thing – the priests are actually okay with it. The priests I asked say that it’s okay just as long as it’s outside of church grounds.
I still find it really wrong because even though you’re not actually on church grounds, you are taking advantage of the church and of Sunday Mass. To me it’s almost like the money-changers at the Temple. It seems irrelevant if it’s outside of parish grounds, because you’re still making use of the parish and taking advantage of Mass. If I handed out, say, advertisements for Toys r Us just outside of a school after class, I’m still taking advantage of the school even if I’m not on its property.
Am I being scrupulous? Really it astonishes me that the priests are fine with it. I’m no neophyte either, I have a theology degree and a Vatican knighthood. I’m hardly naive nor inexperienced. Still it bothers the heck out of me and I’m amazed that nobody else there looks at this like it’s a huge violation of what’s God’s.
I’m imagining the bulk of you will probably tell me I’m right. Just wondering if anyone will tell me it’s okay and would have sound reasoning convincing me that it’s fine to do.