Burlington Bishop Removes Pastor Who Refused To Comply With COVID-19 Directives

In a letter to parishioners of Holy Family Parish in Springfield, Vermont, Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington announced that their pastor is being removed from his position over his continued refusal to be tested regularly for COVID-19 and to wear a mask while ministering, as the bishop had directed.

The bishop also noted that he has invited Father Peter Williams to reside with him, so they “can pray, dialogue and worship together to hopefully change the bad opinion he has of me as his bishop.”

“After an extensive process and much prayer, it is with great sadness that I announce the decision to remove Father Peter Williams as pastor of Holy Family Parish for his serious disobedience and disrespect shown to the office of the bishop,” Coyne wrote in a Mar. 8 letter to parishioners.

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