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Bishop Morlino had effect on Platteville parishes -- Rosemary Anderson

Bishop Morlino had effect on Platteville parishes -- Rosemary Anderson

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Sunday's front-page article on Bishop Robert Morlino hit home with many in southwest Wisconsin.

Since the bishop's dictatorial actions of June 2010, when traditionalist priests were assigned, our community has seen the death of two vital Catholic parishes, St. Mary's and St. Augustine's Catholic churches. 

Their doors are still open, but hundreds of people left to go to other parishes, other faith denominations or to not attend any church anywhere. This is not dissent from a few, but of many who felt their parishes -- once open examples of Christ's teachings -- are now closed to anyone who goes against the man-made rules of Bishop Morlino's church.

If he is so correct in his interpretation of Pope Francis' thoughts, why is every bishop in the country not taking identical, entrenched stands, sending the church back to the Middle Ages? Bishop Morlino is more concerned with retaining power over people in the diocese than with being a pastor to them.

He states he is more of a teacher than a pastor. As a teacher for 27 years, my classroom door had to be open to all students who entered. I had to "minister" to all. The bishop only wants to minister to those who agree with him.

Look at the seven deadly sins, Bishop Morlino. Pride is one of them.

-- Rosemary Anderson, Platteville


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