Mormon church bars senior leaders from politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With the political season ramping up and two of its own in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, the Mormon church is reminding the faith’s senior leaders that they should steer clear of politics.In a letter sent June 16, church president Thomas S. Monson and his senior counselors say lay leaders with full-time church responsibilities and their spouses should not participate in political campaigns. That includes making endorsements or financial contributions.The letter was sent to the highest officers of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Part-time leaders are not barred from such political involvement.A church website post describes the letter as a restatement and clarification of an existing policy of political neutrality. The church does not back individual candidates or political parties.

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