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The purpose of
the Saint Joseph Foundation is to assist Catholics in protecting
their rights in the Church. Answering general questions about the
Church’s legal system and related issues is a useful service that we
perform as best we can with the limited resources at our disposal.
Therefore, please understand that other matters must often come
first. Also, questioners do not always realize that even a brief
answer may require a considerable amount of research. Therefore, if
you do not receive an immediate answer or in some cases no answer at
all, we would appreciate your patience and consideration.
With the explosive
growth in the number of Internet users, we have experienced a
proportionate increase in the number of questions received by
e-mail. Therefore, before assigning a question or request for
assistance to a member of our staff, we have found it necessary to
ask for the full name and surface mail address of the questioner.
This is for two reasons. (1) If the Foundation is going to devote
the time to formulate a thorough, accurate and free answer, we
believe it is only fair that we first know who is asking. (2) Quite
often, we need to supply documentation, which is difficult or
impossible to send by e-mail and we like to have a surface mail
address in advance. Also, we sometimes send an answer containing
sensitive information by surface mail, as the security of e-mail
communications is not absolute. Please rest assured that this
information will be held in strict confidence and will not made
available to any third party.
One of the
questions most frequently asked of us concerns fees. The Foundation
has been ruled tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service under
provisions of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Therefore, we depend solely on voluntary contributions for our
support and do not charge for our services. We do, however, keep
track of the time spent by our staff and consultants on each case.
We list that information on Time Summaries, which show the services
provided, the time expended and the approximate value of those
services. The Time Summary is merely a declaration of services
already performed and is in no way a bill, statement or request for
payment. The reason that we send Time Summaries is that a number of
clients have asked us to do so and it is virtually impossible to
provide this information unless we keep track of it throughout the
entire course of a case. As a result, it has become our practice to
gather this information for the use of the client, not the
Foundation. If you receive a Time Summary, please accept my
assurance that we do not consider you as obligated in any way to
send a contribution.
As soon as we
receive the completed Contact Form, we will place your inquiry in
line for a reply.