State GOP chairman Chris Healy sent out a message to the party’s email list today blasting Democrats for the Democratic-led Judiciary Committee’s bill that would alter the governance structure of the Catholic Church.
Effectively, Rep. Lawlor and Sen. McDonald have decided to remove the parish Priests and Pastors from a position of influence within a parish and instead are requiring that the Church organization be run by lay officials.
Whether you are Catholic or not, it is frightening that the Democratic leadership believes that the State knows best when it comes to running churches in Connecticut. Every citizen of Connecticut, no matter what faith, should be concerned by this legislation.
Healy then encouraged supporters to make a contribution to the state party. Nothing raises money like outrage!
It should be noted that Healy did not mention that the bill was apparently drawn up by a Catholic congregation in response to their pastor making off with a very large amount of their money.
On the Democratic side, only Lawlor and McDonald have responded (see below). House and Senate leadership haven’t said much.
We’ll see if this bill goes away. If it does, it’ll be a statement of just how powerful the Church remains in Connecticut, despite data from a recent study showing that the percentage of Connecticut residents who are Catholic is on the decline.