Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.
A bill removing control of parishes from bishops has been introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly. Think of the bill as a miter box — for bishops’ miters.
“I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bill that’s so blatantly unconstitutional,” Anthony Picarello, general counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told the Register. “It targets the Catholic Church explicitly and exclusively and attempts to use the civil law to alter Church governance, particularly to divest the bishop of authority.”
The Miter Box bill — formally called “Raised Bill 1098” — establishes that Catholic churches in the state shall have a board of directors made up of 7 to 13 lay members elected by the congregation. The bishop or his designee shall be an ex-officio non-voting member.
Read Jack Smith at The Catholic Key about what that will mean … and see the Voice of the Faithful connection he spotted.
Read here for how to help stop it.
Read here to hear from one State Senator calling the bill payback to the Church over homosexual marriage.