Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino is trying to quell a backlash against some conservative priests in Platteville by warning parishioners they risk formal censure.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/IAX4S4) Morlino's action appears to include the possibility of offenders being prohibited from taking part in sacraments such as communion, confession and burial.
The warning came in a five-page letter Wednesday from Morlino to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville. 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% 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.