Conservative Priest ‘Disciplined’ By His Bishop

The bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, is firing a warning shot over the bow of a faithful priest’s ministry.

The diocese of Madison issued a statement Friday saying Bp. Donald Hying “has taken current disciplinary action” regarding popular Catholic author and podcaster Fr. Richard Heilman, pastor of St. Mary of Pine Bluff Catholic Church.

The Madison diocese is claiming Heilman “engaged in online social media and other activity involving statements bearing inordinately on controversies stemming from the electoral political realm.” The statement goes on to say the details of the disciplinary action are confidential.

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Social media commentary suggests Fr. Heilman’s homily on July 8, 2022 contributed to Bishop Hying’s action.