Something on the order of 3,500 to 4,000 Catholics rallied outside the state capitol today in protest of a proposed law that would have allowed changes in that church’s administrative structures.
The proposal had already been withdrawn on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop people from showing up in force anyway.
The bill itself, which Judiciary Committee co-chairs Mike Lawlor and Andrew McDonald say was proposed by–and later asked to be withdrawn by–parishioners at a Darien church, was probably unconstitutional. I’m surprised it was ever raised, though in retrospect it isn’t surprising that the leaders of the Catholic Church reacted as strongly as they did.
This, if nothing else, demonstrates what a potent force the Catholic Church can still be in Connecticut. Think about it. What other group could have arranged for 4,000 protesters to descend on the state capitol on three days’ notice?