Connecticut legislators bristle at Catholic criticism of bill
March 10, 2009
Amid vocal criticism from Connecticut’s three bishops and numerous Catholics, the co-chairmen of the Connecticut legislature’s judiciary committee decried “misinformation” about legislation that would place parish finances and outreach under the control of elected lay boards. Republican legislators unanimously oppose the bill, and state senate Republican leader John McKinney, an Episcopalian, will testify against it at a committee meeting tomorrow. “If government can change the Catholic religion, then it can change any religion,” he said. Testifying in favor of the legislation tomorrow will be Dr. Paul Lakeland, director of the Catholic Studies program at Jesuit-run Fairfield University.
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- McKinney: Cancel Hearing on Catholic Church Controversy (Hartford Courant)
- Larry Cafero on Catholic Church Battle at State Capitol (Hartford Courant)
- Catholic bishops protest finances proposal (Norwich Bulletin)
- Archbishop of Denver warns that Conn. bill threatens Catholics everywhere (CNA)
- Carl Anderson: Shredding the First Amendment in the Constitution State (Stamford Advocate)
- Action alert (Connecticut Catholic Conference)
- Catholic League: Catholic Church in Connecticut Imperiled
- An act modifying corporate laws relating to certain religious corporations (General Assembly)
- Connecticut legislation would place parish finances, outreach under control of elected lay boards (CWN)
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