Connecticut is voting this Wednesday on explicitly anti-Catholic legislation to incorporate Catholic parishes. News story is here: http://www.newstimes.com/ci_11868032
If passed, this legislation will mandate that the governance of all Catholic churches be done by a third party committee and the Bishops and parish priests will have no say. This is in response to a case of gross financial wrongdoing by a parish priest in Darien, CT (who is now serving three years in prison.)
Statement of Purpose:
To revise the corporate governance provisions applicable to the Roman Catholic Church and provide for the investigation of the misappropriation of funds by religious corporations.
This legislation will affect only the Roman Catholic Church — no other church.
The bill has a hearing on March 11 in the Joint Comm. on Judiciary.
Here is the link to the committee members: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/MemberList.asp?comm_code=JUD&doc_type=
Here is the snail mail:
Joint Committee on Judiciary
Room 2500, Legislative Office Building
Hartford, CT 06106
R.B. 1098 (Raised House Bill 1098)
Sponsors of CT R.B. 1098
Sen. Andrew McDonald phone: 1-800-842-1420; email: McDonald@senatedems.ct.gov
Representative Lawlor; phone: 1-800-842-8267; email: MLawlor99@juno.com
Please pray for a good outcome here, and if you feel so inclined, write to the sponsors of the bill.