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Connecticut nominee moves toward supreme court seat despite charge of anti-Catholicism

Catholic World News - January 15, 2013

A former Connecticut state senator has moved closer to a seat on the state’s highest court, despite complaints that he has shown “an anti-Catholic agenda.”

Andrew McDonald, the legal counsel to Governor Dannel Malloy, easily won approval in a 40- 2 vote in the state senate where he once served. McDonald, who is openly homosexual, said that he would be a neutral judge, and cited his own work on legislation that allowed religious institutions to avoid direct involvement in same-sex marriages. “My religious faith, in my opinion, holds no sway over what I would ever do as a member of the judiciary,” said McDonald, who was raised as a Catholic.

Peter Wolfgang, the director of the Family Institute of Connectict, disagreed. Wolfgang opposed McDonald’s nomination, reminding legislators that in 2009 McDonald had sponsored legislation that would have given lay people control over the finances of Catholic parishes. That bill, Wolfgang said, was “the most blatantly unconstitutional attack on religious liberty in the state of Connecticut in recent memory.”

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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Jan. 16, 2013 10:42 AM ET USA

    This issue is more in the media than normal because of events assoicated with the mass shooting at Sandy Hook. Governor Malloy is a graduate of Boston College Law School. He preaches to the choir that he is a loyal Catholic. This attitude makes this appointment even harder to take.

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