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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. 

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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.

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