The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Contrast this statement of our freedoms with this breaking news from Connecticut.

A bill has been introduced that would force the Catholic Church to restructure it's internal affairs according to the dictates of the Connecticut judiciary.

The bill was pulled a day before it was to be put to debate at a public hearing (Wednesday) but it is clear that the public servants involved have no intention of dropping this effort

Anyone else see a huge problem with the fact that a group of Americans would attempt to override the Constitutional rights of a religious organization? The Constitution does not protect the religious freedom of the perfect...But of all.

It is discouraging that certain dioceses have been completely irresponsible with their financial obligations...

...But fiscal stupidity is not grounds for the removal of religious autonomy.