As a loyal daughter of the Church, it is difficult for me to write what would seem to be a letter critical of our bishops. My intent, however, is to gently suggest that they exercise more prudently and courageously their God-given authority to teach, govern and sanctify the souls entrusted to them.
Given the chaos that has reigned in the catechetical realm since Vatican II and the resulting loss of a truly Catholic conscience in what seems to be a majority of their sheep, does it not seem a bit ironic, now that the Obama Administration has mandated that Catholic institutions must provide health coverage that includes contraceptive devices and services, that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is expressing concern that this will compel Catholics to violate their consciences?
There are many Catholic couples who now practice some sort of artificial birth control, see no sin in it and regularly receive our Lord in Holy Communion. Though there are surely some Catholic teachers, priests and bishops who do instruct their flock regarding this sin, there are far too many others who have remained silent these past 40 years.
I pray that in the future they will take more seriously their mandate to teach the Truth – in season and out of season, welcome or unwelcome – so that their sheep will be able to hear our Lord's voice and follow Him on the path to holiness of life and salvation.
Estelle Wisneski lives in Charlotte.
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- Fr. Matthew Kauth at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
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- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe. Listen to homily podcasts.
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