Catholics angry over proposed law mandating lay board control at Catholic parishes

Saying it would undercut the Catholic Church’s financial hierarchy, the state’s bishops on Sunday urged parishioners to fight a proposed state law that would allow them to control their individual parish’s financial affairs. The bill, introduced last Thursday by the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee — chaired by Sen. Andrew J. McDonald, D-Stamford, and Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven — caught many Catholics by surprise, who first heard about it during weekend Masses. In a statement read at Fairfield County Masses, Bridgeport Bishop William E. Lori delivered a harsh rebuke to the proposal, charging it “directly attacks the Roman Catholic Church and our faith” and was a “thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church.