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Another bishop's message

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Feb 06, 2012

At our parish, the bishop's letter was read to the congregation before the First Reading. Maybe this was a mistake; in other parishes it was read after the Gospel and/or homily. But for us the placement had a special impact. This was an epistle: a letter from the bishop, encouraging us to be firm in faith. 

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Feb. 07, 2012 10:11 AM ET USA

    I do not know what your bishop's letter was, either for the good or for the bad, I could hope that it was "good," even excellent. What many of these communications lack is a reference point for what being "firm in the faith (Catholic faith I presume)" means in terms of our lives lived outside of the formal Church. Case in point, the bishops' "seamless garment" approach which places ALL problematic death on the same level, ie; "abortion" is on the same level as an execution. Vague and passive.