Edit: amazing that at least in this Diocese, in contrast to others, that faithful priests are being defended, even in this case where the dissident opposition is so strong that it cut donations in half and possibly resulted in the loss of the parish's school.
MADISON — Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino is trying to quell a backlash against some conservative priests in Platteville by warning parishioners that they risk the possibility of being barred from sacraments such as communion, confession and burial.
A report Sunday said the warning came Wednesday in a five-page letter from Morlino to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Platteville.
The congregation has been roiled by opposition to the traditionalist priests, who arrived in June 2010. Donations are down by more than half since they arrived, and about 40 percent of the 1,200 members have signed a petition seeking the priests’ ouster, The church’s 77-year-old school is set to close June 1, a loss many parishioners blame on the collapse in donations.
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Link to Bishop Morlino's Letter, so you're not at the mercy of the media to know what he actually said.
Here's a scriptural passage cited by the Bishop::
“Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are
members one of another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger, and do
not leave room for the devil…And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, with which you were
sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be
removed from you, along with all malice. [And] be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” (Eph 4:25-27, 30-32)