This is definitely news. The liberal Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled to protect a religious institution from bureaucratic oppression.
A Massachusetts religious shrine has won a victory over local taxing authorities, and it came from an unlikely advocate.
In 2012, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette received notification that most of their property would be taxed at a normal business or commercial rate.
C.J. Doyle of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts offers insight into the circumstances.
“The group of government bureaucrats and the Board of Assessors of the City of Attleboro decided that most of the property was not being used for a religious purpose,” Doyle tells OneNewsNow.
Based on that conclusion, Massachusetts bureaucrats are now empowered — or think they’re empowered — to tell a religious institution what constitutes part of its religious ministry.
Photo: Our Lady of La Salette