Bishop’s job is to instruct flock


I especially liked the Messenger editorial entitled “Speak up on health mandate.”  I also applaud the bishop’s letter that was read at all Masses throughout the diocese.

In response to the letter to the editor from the lady who felt she was being imposed upon because the bishop’s letter was read at Mass and she had to listen to it from the pulpit, I would like to say that it is the job of the bishop to instruct his flock. The pulpit is his channel and this is an issue that not only affects Catholics but those of all faiths, and they are joining forces to repeal this mandate.

It has been my experience when the bishop has something of importance that he wants to address to his flock we read it in our diocesan paper and the following Sunday it is read from the pulpit.  Over my lifetime, we have had many letters from the bishop read at Mass.

I don’t think this takes away from my identity as an American. I am a Catholic and an American; one should not have to compromise his or her faith to be an American. America was founded by people whose religious freedom had been compromised and infringed upon by their former government. I pray that we will hear more from the pulpit until this mandate has been permanently reversed and a “conscience protection” law is in the books.


Gloria Welp


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