Regarding Doug Erickson's column last Sunday, "In letter to pope, progressive Catholics list grievances with Madison diocese," the important factors to consider in the controversy over Bishop Morlino's tenure are fatigue and divisiveness.
Like many people in this country, Catholics are worn out by the infighting in the church. Churchgoers are concentrating on their own parish churches where they find friendship, compassion and nourishment from local priests. Many Catholics have given up on leaders such as Bishop Morlino and have left the church.
Bishop Morlino is listening to the tone Pope Francis has set of acceptance, love compassion and inclusion, I am sure. But he will never change his stubborn and divisive nature. It is good church politics for the bishop to say he likes Pope Francis' ideas.
Recently, Pope Francis demoted Cardinal Raymond Burke at the Vatican because the very problem Bishop Morlino is causing. We can only hope Bishop Morlino will find himself in the same position. We would like a real "Good Shepherd" to guide us.
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-- John Murphy, Madison