Public hearing canceled after church bill pulled

The state Senate bill that would call upon a board of directors to oversee how the Catholic church operates its finances has been ruled unconstitutional

HARTFORD - The state Senate bill that would call upon a board of directors to oversee how the Catholic church operates its finances has been ruled unconstitutional by the state attorney general.

The church finance reform bill 10-98 is now off the table after a statewide uproar. Some are wondering how it got so far in the first place.

?I am surprised the judiciary committee even raised the bill for a public hearing,? says Sen. John McKinney. ?Everyone, even a first year law student, knows it?s unconstitutional.?

Scandals in Darien and Greenwich involving priests accused of stealing a combined $1.5 million from their parishes sparked the latest efforts to change how the church structures its finances.

Meanwhile, a public hearing to be held in Hartford on the issue is now canceled.

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