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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FROM THE PASTORS
Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Roger Arnsparger at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Jason Christian at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Matthew Kauth at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Christopher Riehl's archive from St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe. Listen to homily podcasts.
- Fr. Joshua Voitus at St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in Sylva, including homilies in Spanish
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Gospel reflection videos from St. Matthew Church
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen and watch homilies from St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy