Readers, we interrupt the lively discussion about Fr. Bryan Hehir’s comments on Catholic Conscience Exemptions, to ask you to do something even more important today than addressing the situation with Fr. Hehir. No joking–we are serious on this one.
Catholic Citizenship, the local organization that complements the Massachusetts Catholic Bishops efforts to ensure Catholic voices are represented in the public square, has just sent out an alert on an important issue that requires gressroots action today. Here’s the notice:
This Thursday, July 29th at 1PM the State Legislature is scheduled to convene a Joint Session of both the House and Senate in a Constitutional Convention. In a highly controversial move, the Joint Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report to Senate Bill 23 filed by Cynthia Creem. This bill is a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit initiative petitions on “The rights to freedom and equality; the right of each individual to be protected by society in the enjoyment of life, liberty and property, according to standing laws.”
In essence, no initiative petition would ever go forward since all petitions touch on some aspect of life, liberty or property.
Please click below to send an email to your state senator and state representative opposing this amendment (S23 and H4537), which is designed to rob the people of their constitutional right to effect legislation through an initiative petition.
Click the link below to log in and send your message:
Folks, this proposed measure from State Sen. Creem is a really bad one. It’s basically saying the legislature would move to amend the constitution to take away the people’s constitutional right to amend the constitution. God forbid that the citizens of the state would be so outraged by a move by activist courts that they muster the votes to amend the constitution to undo a bad court decision, as just one example! John Adams wrote the Massachusetts consitution especially to ensure citizens’ rights were protected via a constitutional amendment process, so we need to get this terrible measure by Sen Creem killed. Do click on the link to send a message, but even better, pick up the phone and call your state rep and senator. If you don’t know who they are, click here to search for their names by filling in your address. (then scroll to the bottom of the results to get your state rep and state senator). Though we do have our criticisms of the Mass Catholic Conference and Catholic Citizenship , this is one email and/or call you should act on today, and ask your friends and family members to also take action on it.