Ct Hearing on Church Finances Canceled

My Fox New York
March 10, 2009

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The leaders of the legislature's Judiciary Committee are canceling a highly anticipated public hearing on a bill that would provide Catholics with more control over their parish finances.

The hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday.

State Sen. Andrew McDonald and state Rep. Michael Lawlor say there are questions about whether a long standing state law that deals with religious corporations is constitutional.

The lawmakers are asking Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to examine the statutes and report back.

Several Republican lawmakers says they're outraged by the cancellation and they'll hold their own hearing Wednesday so hundreds of Catholics expected to descend on the Capitol can have their voices heard.

Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell and Bridgeport Bishop William Lori have described the bill as an attack on the church.


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