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An Open Letter Response to Bishop Stika

Your Excellency,

Thank you for your Facebook response attempting to clarify the intent of your tweet from November 24, 2019.

However, we are deeply saddened by your accusation that we are trying to harass you by suggesting our readers contact you and respectfully request a correction of your misleading tweet, as well as pray for you.

Our recommendation for readers to contact you via email was necessary due to your decision to lock-down your Twitter account from public access thereby making it impossible for persons to respond directly to your original tweet.

We do not condone threats or disrespect comments, and we regret that some individuals may have chosen to address you in this manner.

Canon 212 states that the laity “have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful”.

When a Bishop of the Church suggests that we do not worship Jesus in the Most Holy Mass, we have the right and responsibility to request a correction.

For your reference, here is a one-page document summarizing Catholic teaching regarding the worship of the Triune God.

Thank you for your service and we continue to encourage our readers to pray for you during this most challenging time of confusion with the Church.

Respectfully yours in Christ,

The Editors at Complicity Clergy