As a former seminarian, I found Bishop Robert Morlino’s comments in Sunday's article “Pope being 'misinterpreted'” to be utter nonsense. Perhaps the headline should have been “Bishop misinterpreting pope,” as these two men are polar opposites.
Pope Francis is refocusing the church on charity and good works, while reaching out to a greater number of people. Meanwhile, Bishop Morlino opts to micromanage his dwindling flock, focusing on such minutia as banning songs and forbidding the washing of women’s feet on Holy Thursday.
Keep in mind Cardinal Raymond Burke, formerly of the dioceses of La Crosse and St. Louis, also voiced comments similar to Bishop Morlino’s, right up to when Pope Francis removed Burke from his high-level position in the Vatican.
Perhaps the bishop needs to maintain a lower profile, and follow the pope’s example of prayer and humility.
-- Michael Prestigiacomo, Madison