“No Priest shall abide in this Dominion: he shall be banished, and suffer death on his return. Priests may be seized by any one without a warrant.”Connecticut is considering a new law, R.B. 1098, “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.” This law would remove pastors as the head of parishes, and greatly reduce the power of diocesan bishops.
— One of the ‘blue laws’ of the Connecticut colony, 1656
This law is seen as payback to the Catholic Church for opposing same-sex unions.
The law, if passed, would forcibly reorganize parishes along the lines of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation — formerly of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis — and likely chaos would ensue. Small numbers of well-organized political activists will likely attempt to take over the parishes, leading them to heresy and schism.
Thomas Jefferson's “wall of separation between Church & State” is built by the State wherever it pleases. The State ruined our vocations, took our schools, is in process of taking our hospitals, and now wants our churches. That this new law targets only Catholic churches is outrageous, but at least they are being honest, as were their colonial forefathers.