Parishioners stand by priest after bishop prohibits him from sharing opinion online

ABC 13 News WSET

April 19, 2020

By Kaicey Baylor

Martinsville – Parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsville and St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount say their priest Father Mark White did nothing wrong.

“He deserves justice,” said Joe Kernan, a member at St Joseph Catholic Church. “He deserves not to be mistreated.”

Church members are disappointed in the Bishop’s decision to remove their priest.

Joe Graf with St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church says Father White used his blog again as a way to reach out to his congregations during the pandemic.

“They were a very good way for communicating to us,” said Graf.

Richard Long, a member of St. Francis of Assisi says the bishop appeared at the mass yesterday unexpectedly.

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