Memo to Catholics: Game Not Over

(Posted by Tom Hynes)

The outcry from Catholics all across the county at the Democrats thinly veiled attempt to reorganize the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Connecticut continues to produce blow back.

Rep. Michael Lawlor (D-East Haven) and Sen. Andrew McDonald (D-Stamford) have been quickly trying to distance themselves from a bill and lay all the blame on a group of Darien parishioners … but the Republicans won’t let go and they shouldn’t. This e-mail from House Republican leader Larry Cafero arrived this afternoon. Fair warning.

This afternoon I joined Senate Republican Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) in presenting unified opposition to SB 1098 …

The bill, which was introduced by the Judiciary Committee Co-Chairs, Rep. Michael Lawlor (D-East Haven) and Sen. Andrew McDonald (D-Stamford), would take financial control of parishes to boards of directors, taking away the clergy’s ability to direct the use of funds. The measure applies only to Roman Catholic Churches.  This bill infringes on religious rights and is unconstitutional.

Yesterday Lawlor and McDonald took great pains to distance themselves from the proposed bill, saying they were asked to introduce the measure by a group of Catholic parishioners from Darien who had been victims of financial malfeasance by a member of the clergy.

Today news circulated around the capitol that the public hearing originally scheduled for tomorrow on the bill was suddenly cancelled.
House Republicans feel that the people who are impacted by this bill still deserve a chance to be heard on it.  That is why tomorrow at noon in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building they will hold a hearing on the proposal.  Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Rep. Larry Cafero

Here’s video of the Republicans today.


Update (Jim): I would like to welcome Tom as a new contributor to Radioviceonline.

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. Darlene on March 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Interesting that this was announced publicly as cancelled, but haven't heard that a hearing will still be held.  Good Post Tom and congratulations as a new contributor to Radioviceonline.

  2. PatRiot on March 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    To the rest of us who have yet to speak out: Let us join in and make sure this bill is DEAD, not tabled.  That in mind,  The Feds and probably the state will try the same thing with the 2nd amendment – the right to keep and bear arms.  Whether we exercise our rights and freedoms  or not, we should NEVER give any of them up.  Indeed, we should  press for more.  

  3. Anne-EH on March 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    To those who are not Catholic, take this as a WARNING that if the government is trying to go after the Catholics, then they will go after YOU NEXT. It is time for people of faith to stand up for what is RIGHT.

  4. Anne-EH on March 10, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Congrats to Tom for becoming a contributor to the RVO blog! 🙂 =^..^=

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