Conn. Needs Lesson On Bill Of Rights
What Part of ‘Separation of Church and State’ Don’t They Understand?
Perhaps they’re confused about the part where it says “… shall make no law”.
After a priest stole $1.4 million from a church in Darien, state legislators have proposed a law that would regulate how parishes are controlled and operated.
The law essentially would strip the dioceses of all financial control of parishes and leave bishops and priests to oversee “matters pertaining exclusively to religious tenets and practices.” A board of elected laypersons would handle parish finances.
Well, that’s a little – um – non-traditional. It’s also a lot unconstitutional. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air also says that this is no small thing.
Lest you think this is a joke, American Papist has Lawlor’s response to criticism. He admits that the state legislature wants to dictate the structure of this volunteer organization, but says he’s got his reasons:
… the current state statutes governing Roman Catholic corporations … were enacted in 1955. SB 1098 is a proposal to make changes in that law, which was suggested by parishioners who were the victims of theft of their funds in several parishes, and these parishioners feel that the state’s existing Roman Catholic Corporate laws prevented them from dealing with the misuse and theft of funds.
I agree with you that the whole notion of having a statute governing the church seems like an intrusion on the separation of church and state, but the current law does that already. Perhaps we should repeal the whole thing, but if we are going to have a corporate law of this type, it probably should make sure there cannot be deception of parishioners.
It more than seems like an intrusion on separation of church and state, Mr. Lawlor. It’s the real deal.
Yeah. According to Ace, Lawlor and McDonald have already started backtracking on this, and it has no actual chance of passing.
But you have to wonder what they were thinking. Dan Collins at Protein Wisdom notes and quotes the heart of Ed Morrissey’s post, but stops short of saying one thing that I find too obvious. This is religious bigotry at its finest. The one group I’m aware of that would enthusiastically back this plan is the KKK.