Monday, March 9, 2009

UPDATED: Connecticut moving to regulate the Catholic Church?

An update by BeetleBlogger and belatedly posted here:

Connecticut Democrats are in full retreat as public gets wind of proposed bill—thousands descend on Capitol to protest

Let's hope and pray that more and more of the public becomes aware of the dangers facing all of us in this battle and continues to make it's voice heard...

Frightening events in Connecticut. I'm sure we will we see more and more of this type of thing unfortunately. H/T to Hot Air

According to the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause, the government has no business dictating to religious organizations how they should structure themselves. In Connecticut, though, some lawmakers seem to have skipped over the Constitution. A new bill will require Catholic parishes and dioceses — and only Catholics — to organize their parish leadership in a way that pleases the Connecticut legislature (via The Corner):
The Lawlor-and-McDonald-controlled Judiciary Committee has introduced Raised Bill 1098, a bill aimed specifically at the Catholic Church, which would remove the authority of the bishop and pastor over individual parishes and put a board of laymen in their place. You can read Rep. Lawlor’s defense of this bill, Bridgeport Bishop William Lori’s response and more here.
We need as big a turnout as possible for the public hearing on Wednesday, especially from non-Catholics. As Ben Franklin told the Founders while they were signing the Declaration of Independence, “either we hang together or we will all hang separately.” Legislators need to understand that this bill is an attack on everyone’s religious liberty

(more here)

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