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Connecticut Bill proposes to take the Vatican out of Church finances


A proposed bill in Connecticut would strip Vatican control over the finances of local Catholic Churches, a suggestion that not surprisingly has Catholic clergy up in arms.

CT Bill 1098 would replace an existing law that defines Catholic churches and congregations as nonprofit corporations operated by a five-member board of three clergy and two laypeople. Instead, the board would be made up of seven to 13 laypeople elected by parishioners. The pastor would not be a member of the board and the bishop would serve as an ex officio nonvoting member, reports Catholic News.

The legislation, proposed by two Catholic members of the Connecticut State Legislature, was in response to an embezzlement conviction of a Connecticut priest. By removing church control over financial affairs, clergy wouldn’t be able to fiddle the books.

The Catholic Church naturally opposes the bill, saying that it was an infringement of their constitutional rights, and went against the apostolic nature of the Catholic Church. Oh, and it’s a conspiracy by gay marriage activists, writes Bridgeport Bishop William Lori: “This bill, moreover, is a thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church on the important issues of the day, such as same-sex marriage.”

The bill has been pulled for now, and tabled for the rest of the legislative session, although could return in the future.

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3 Responses to “Connecticut Bill proposes to take the Vatican out of Church finances”

  1. James

    It's amazing to see the gay community scapegoated by bishop Lori, who failed to address the fact that it was an errant priest who embezzled funds and caused the concern, not to mention the fact that the catholic church decides what money comes from and goes to different parishes, endangering parishes who might otherwise be solvent. It's time Catholics had some say in how the church operates, not the secret dealings of the bishops and the Vatican.

  2. BACnSF

    The economy is in the toilet. And the churches keep prying their way into politics. If the church can get their parishioners together in force to vote a particular way they need to be taxed. Saying “non-profit” and “church” is a hoax. And as for the “gay marriage activists”… Just wait… What ever the outcome around same sex unions, gays will continue to be second class citizens, and will NEVER HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS… Take this little federal law that our “beloved” Clinton signed into law… “The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is the short title of a federal law of the United States passed on September 21, 1996 as Public Law No. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419. Its provisions are codified at 1 U.S.C. § 7 and 28 U.S.C. § 1738C. The law has two effects: No state (or other political subdivision within the United States) need treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state. The Federal Government may not treat same-sex relationships as marriages for any purpose, even if concluded or recognized by one of the states. The bill was passed by Congress by a vote of 85-14 in the Senate[1] and a vote of 342-67 in the House of Representatives,[2] and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. At the time of passage, it was expected that at least one state would soon legalize same-sex marriage, whether by legislation or judicial interpretation of either the state or federal constitution. Opponents of such recognition feared (and many proponents hoped) that the other states would then be required to recognize such marriages under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution. Including the results of the 2008 general elections, two states (Massachusetts and Connecticut) allow same-sex marriage, five states recognize some alternative form of same-sex union, twelve states ban any recognition of any form of same-sex unions including civil union, twenty-eight states have adopted amendments to their state constitution prohibiting same sex marriage, and another twenty states have enacted statutory DOMAs.” Oh, and for those of you who got married in California. You can only file “Married/Jointly” on your taxes in California. The IRS will not recognize your marriage at all. Well… unless “one of you gets a sex change” then its ok… Oh brother!

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