To the editor:
I am devastated and appalled at what is taking place in our diocese.
The bishop is not listening to the roar and rumble of your people against this $9 million edifice planned, and it makes no sense. The money that has been generated thus far should foster Catholic education for our children.
Catholic schools’ enrollments are way down. Soon, with raising the tuition, only the elite will be able to attend. Those who cannot afford will be forced to attend the public schools. Does this please you? Have your not listened to the Holy Father on Catholic education, or have you turned a deaf ear?
It is very crucial that we should be concerned for the future of our children. Catholic education is the epitome of high standards, as students will grow in Christ and become good Christians and good leaders of tomorrow.
The shuttering of churches will not resolve the problem — it will only bring on anger and resentment among your people. These churches are the landmarks of our faith, grounded in tradition.
The bishop has crossed the line. Removing five pastors from their parishes is unheard of. These pastors are the strength and backbone of their parishes and they became family to us all. Without them we would be lost and in mourning. Search your soul and find compassion and love for your flock and your priest. Redeem yourself. Do not allow this to happen. Nothing good can come of this. Wake up. Give your heart and soul to the Holy Spirit and let him sincerely guide you. Listen to him.
I am a member of St. Francis Church. Due to the removal of our dear Monsignor Kurt Kemo and his assistance, I truly have come to the decision with deep regret that I will no longer support the church, but I will attend Mass, as my faith is my life.