The church under attack in Connecticut?

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In a stunning disregard of the Constitution of the United States, the Connecticut Judiciary Committee recently proposed a bill stripping Roman Catholic bishops of their authority to govern fiscal and administrative diocesan affairs, according to a report by Fox News.

The action is seen as an unprecedented attempt to regulate the Catholic Church. Critics are calling the action “payback” for the Church’s efforts to prevent the legalization of same-sex “marriage” in the state, according to an article on

The stated intent of the legislation is “To revise the corporate governance provisions applicable to the Roman Catholic Church and provide for the investigation of the misappropriation of funds by religious corporations.”

Referring specifically to structures of the Roman Catholic Church, the bill states: “The corporation shall have a board of directors consisting of not less than seven nor more than thirteen lay members. The archbishop or bishop of the diocese or his designee shall serve as an ex-officio member of the board of directors without the right to vote.”

The legislation would effectively strip the bishops and the priests of any true authority in the 67 parishes, limiting their role to “matters pertaining exclusively to religious tenets and practices,” reported

In a move eerily reminiscent of the former Soviet Union’s intrusion into the life of the Russian Orthodox Church that devastated the Church’s leadership and influence for decades, the Connecticut lawmakers purport to be acting for the greater good of the citizens of the state.

According to, Bridgeport’s Bishop William Lori said, “You have to understand how radically this departs from the teaching of the Church and the discipline of the Church, and how gravely unconstitutional it is for a state to move in and try to reorganize the internal structure of the Church. It is a violation, a grave violation of religious liberty.”

“This bill was dropped into the hopper the day before the same-sex ‘marriage’ bill was to be heard,” said Lori. “This is a thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Church on important issues of the day — but especially with regard to marriage.”

Both committee co-chairs McDonald and Lawler are outspoken same-sex “marriage” advocates, and have been critical of the Catholic Church’s opposition to laws dismantling the legal definition of marriage.

“The real purpose of this bill is payback to the bishops and pastors of the Roman Catholic Church in Connecticut for opposing gay marriage,” said state Sen. Michael McLachlan.

After a fire-storm of protests, the proposal was laid aside “at least for now,” reported the Hartford Courant on March 11. “But activists pushing for changes ... say they are not deterred by the political firestorm that the matter has sparked.” The matter is far from over.

The First Amendment, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and the Roman Catholic Church are under attack in Connecticut. Is it only the opening volley of state-sponsored persecution of Christianity in the United States of America?

[Father David Epps is the founding pastor of Christ the King Church, 4881 Hwy. 34 E., Sharpsburg, GA 30277, between Peachtree City and Newnan. Services are held Sundays at 8:30 and 10 a.m. He also serve as a bishop to the Mid-South Diocese and is the mission pastor of Christ the King Church in Champaign, IL. He may be contacted at]

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Submitted by Main Stream on Thu, 03/12/2009 - 8:16pm.

...this bill sprang up because of a scandal in Darien, CT where the pastor stole $1 million from the church. Y'all brought this on yourselves because some "holy men" couldn't keep their hands out of the till. You're not being persecuted by the gays so quit your whining. It's time you all looked inward at yourselves and fixed the REAL problems with your churches, and your religion, and stop thinking you're soooooo oppressed:

"The bill was crafted after the former pastor of St. John's Roman Catholic Church in the town of Darien pleaded guilty in September 2007 to stealing more than $1 million from the church and sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.

Known as "1098," the bill would have taken financial oversight of the state's Catholic churches away from priests and bishops and handed that power to a board of directors made up of lay parishioners.

Andrew McDonald, a Democratic state senator who co-chairs the Legislature's Judiciary Committee and backed the proposal, said the idea originated with a group of Catholic parishioners following the financial scandal in Darien."


Submitted by loanarranger707 on Sun, 03/15/2009 - 6:47am.

All religious fanatics look for excuses to make themselves look like martyrs. What we see in Arab countries is not too different from what we’d see here at home if our local ayatollahs had their way. Always trying to stir up trouble… Make themselves look like they are persecuted… Seeking to overpower the minds of their weak-minded followers with false or distorted information… Claiming to speak for God…

It is a tough country where the First Amendment flourishes, because not only does it protect freedom of religion (including freedom from religion), it protects freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition the government for the redress of grievances. That enables us to spot and denounce the claims of false prophets.

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Submitted by ManofGreatLogic on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 3:21pm.

I kid of course, but I'm certainly not going to a MAN to confess my sins.

I go directly to the Lord.

I believe Catholics and Mormons to be true Christians, but I also consider them very misguided in their relationship with the Lord.

Submitted by Fugazi on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 10:07am.

ManofGreatLogic, I am sorry to tell you this, but you don't know me. So you don't know my relationship with the Lord. Please stop generalizing.

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Submitted by Christian on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 10:48pm.

After Jesus rose from the dead He authorized the apostles (the first bishops) to forgive sins. St. John recorded this dramatic event: “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:21-23).

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Submitted by DarthDubious on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 5:48pm.

Not only will the "Christian" churches be banned, but also ALL forms of false worship, by the political "wild beast" of Revelation. Truth be told, paganism highjacked true Christianity in its infancy, for political and social control.

They admittedly kept pagan teachings, rituals, and festivals giving them "Christian" meanings, in order to control the population. This is APOSTASY! False worship that is forbidden by the Bible.

In Liberty,


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Submitted by Main Stream on Sun, 03/15/2009 - 11:34am.

"..paganism highjacked true Christianity.."

I believe it was the other way around, that Christianity hijacked paganism...

Happy Ostara! Eye-wink

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Submitted by muddle on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 6:31pm.

Oh, pooh.

Hey, if they want to ban people like Crapflow and the TBN bunch, I can hardly raise a protest. These people should be choked with the dollars that they have bilked from the credulous.


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