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Rob Vischer has more concerns about that hearing yesterday on church finances

Robert Araujo’s misgivings about the legislative effort in Massachusetts to require financial disclosure by all nonprofit organizations, including churches, are underscored by the public hearing held yesterday on the issue.  The Boston archdiocese was widely criticized for not participating in the hearing, which seemed to function (judging by the news report) as a pep rally for efforts to assert greater lay control over the Church.  The sponsoring state senator explained that "[f]inancial transparency can better ensure moral transparency."  Little comfort is offered by Governor Romney, who has suggested that such legislation can allow the public "to make sure the money is being properly spent." 


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Ken Crawford

posted August 11, 2005 at 1:23 pm

So much for that “right to privacy” that’s supposedly in the Constitution.

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posted August 11, 2005 at 1:47 pm

As much disgust as I have had with my archdiocese, I was glad they did not show up. This is a show trial.
If the archdiocese mishandled monies entrusted to it by its parishioners, I have zero problem with AG Reilly taking it to court. I would applaud.
But the bill is really aimed at the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church (TM) as a tool of media and legislative harrassment. The very sight of the Prince of Darkness (the Beacon Hill nickname for Secy of State Bill Galvin, hack-extraordinaire) thumping for this bill should give everyone pause. Bill wants power, like blood in the night, as it were.
This should be seen for the show trial it was really intended to be.
I admire Reilly’s cautious stance on this, btw.

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Keith R

posted August 11, 2005 at 8:01 pm

So much for the “Wall of Separation between Church and State.”

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