Members of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy wrote their own letter (see www.

Members of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy wrote their own letter (see www.catholic-clergy.org) to Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. episcopate, after the Milwaukee petition made headlines. The Milwaukee letter was backed by 163 priests.

The president of the confraternity, Father John Trigilio, wrote: “Optional celibacy is not the answer, nor is it the panacea; it is a placebo. It will do nothing. The current crisis in the Catholic Church in America is threefold. Bad theology, bad liturgy and bad morality have caused the damage and, like a malignant tumor, needs to be excised.”

Father Trigilio added, “Only by restoring the sacred, by defending the revealed truths and by upholding the natural moral law can we achieve any victory over the current crisis of faith now affecting the Church.”