Regular readers of this blog will recall back in March when I posted on the situation in Connecticut where an attempt was made by anti-Catholic bigots in the state legislature to unconstitutionally interfere with the governance of the Catholic Church in that state. Massive outrage in Connecticut and around the nation caused the anti-Catholic bigots to retreat and cancel the proposed hearing on their bill.
Now, Bishop William Lori of the Diocese of Bridgeport is reporting that the State of Connecticut has advised him that the efforts of the Diocese to publicize and fight the anti-Catholic and unconstitutional bill constituted “lobbying” and that the Diocese may be subject to civil penalties. Let us be very clear on this point. This is obviously an attempt by anti-Catholic bigots in Connecticut to continue their war against the Church. Speaking out against bad legislation goes to the heart of why this country was founded. An attack on this right is an attack on our ability to take part in how we are governed. This attack on the Diocese of Bridgeport is an attack on every American who believes in the principles enunciated in the Declaration of Independence. As the Bishop notes, the Diocese has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against this attempt by Connecticut to muzzle free speech. This is absolutely outrageous conduct by the powers-that-be in Connecticut and should alarm not only every Catholic in this nation, but every American who cherishes freedom.