MADISON (WXOW) – Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino is trying to subdue a backlash against some conservative priests in Platteville by warning parishioners they risk formal censure.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Morlino's action appears to include the possibility of offenders being prohibited from taking part in sacraments such as communion, confession and burial.
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville received the warning in a five-page letter from Morlino on Wednesday.
The congregation has been roiled by opposition to the traditionalist priests, who arrived in 2010.
Donations are down by more than half and about 40 percent of the 1,200 members have signed a petition seeking the priests' ouster.
The priests are from the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, a group known for traditionalist liturgy and devotion to strict Catholic teaching.
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