[Read my two previous posts here and here for background.]
The Connecticut Judiciary Committee has cancelled the hearing on bill 1098 and withdrawn it for now. A portion of the released statement said, "it would serve no useful purpose to have a conversation about changing the laws that govern existing Roman Catholic corporations until we know if any of these existing laws are constitutional. At the request of the proponents who are advocating this legislation, we have decided to cancel the public hearing for tomorrow, table any further consideration of this bill for the duration of this session, and ask the Attorney General his opinion regarding the constitutionality of the existing law that sets different rules for five named separate religions."
A letter from a group of law professors expressed exactly how unconstitutional the bill is. My favorite line in the letter is, "Of course dissenters within the church can withdraw from membership, but they cannot turn to the legislature and have it reform the governance of their church to their own liking. That would transfer power to govern the church from the church to the legislature."
The Diocese of Bridgeport will hold a noon rally at the capitol on Wednesday despite the cancellation. Showing a little muscle is a good idea because the assault on the Church is just beginning and the dissenters, who have no intention of withdrawing, will continue to look for ways to undermine fundamental Church doctrines. VOTF was up to their necks in this assault as the excerpts from the article below indicate. Click on the headline for the full article.
Connecticut bill on Catholic Church nearly identical to Voice of the Faithful strategy
"The premise of the bill is remarkably similar to the 2009-2010 Voice of the Faithful Strategic Plan....
"Dr. Lakeland said, 'I’m connected to [the bill] to this degree: I’ve been working pretty closely with Tom Gallagher, who’s a Greenwich businessman, who has been behind the push to get the state government to do something about this.'... Asked if there would be implications for the entire U.S. Catholic Church, [Lakeland] confidently responded, 'Oh, I think it would, and I think if passed in Connecticut, the pressure to pass it in many of the other states in the union would be enormous.'”
Lakeland, a theology professor at Fairfield University, is closely involved with VOTF and espouses liberation theology, a philosophy Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (before being elevated to pope) said "constitutes a fundamental threat to the faith of the Church."
From start to finish this bill is an attack by the moles who remain in the Church in order to destroy her. They are of the same ilk as Doug Kmiec and the George Soros-funded organizations, Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Know these organizations and their minions for who they are -- enemies of Christ. Like the pharisees, they are looking for ways to "trip up" the legitimate authorities. They preach another gospel opposed to the one taught by Jesus. Do we need reform in the Church? Absolutely! Are these revolutionaries interested in reform? In a way, yes. They want to re-form the Church along the lines of the world. Read the devil's temptation of Jesus in Matthew Chapter 4 for their agenda. You'll hear it spouted by Satan.