Monday, March 09, 2009
Liberal Connecticut Legislature Moves to Place Laymen Leadership Over Catholic Church (Update)
Liberals have been attacking Christianity now for decades.
This is just their latest effort.
Democrats in the Connecticut are discussing legislation this week to put local laymen leadership over the Catholic Church in the state.
The Family Institute of Connecticut and The Corner reported:
The [Democrat]-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. Yes, we're asking the same questions you are (Where does the legislature have the authority to do this? Isn't this a blatant violation of the First Amendment?), but we assure you that this is not a hoax.
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.
If the legislature can replace a bishop with a board of laymen in the Catholic Church, they can just as easily replace the governing lay structure of Congregationalist or Baptist churches with someone set up as a bishop. In fact, it was resistance to such government interference in the internal life of the church that gave birth to several of our most historic denominations. Thanks to this awful bill, our generation must now rise up to defend those hard-fought victories for religious liberty that were won for us by our ancestors.
Democrats carried a majority of the Catholic voters this year. They voted 54% to 45% in favor of Obama.
UPDATE: Canceled: Following the biggest political firestorm of the 2009 legislative session, a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday on the financial and administrative management of the Catholic Church has been canceled.