Hundreds of Roman Catholics have descended on the Connecticut state Capitol in anger over church-finance legislation that has rankled the faithful nationwide.
About 3,500 people went Wednesday to speak at a public hearing and rally outside the hearing room.
A proposal this week would have removed the voting rights of bishops in individual church financial decisions and required more lay people to be involved.
The bill was inspired by embezzlement cases involving Catholic priests. The proposal was quickly withdrawn but still angered many Catholics.
The church and the state General Assembly have been at odds in recent years over other issues including gay marriage, the morning-after pill and stem cell research.