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The pastor of St. John XXIII Church in Fort Myers, Florida, told parishioners Sunday he was ‘very unhappy and displeased’ that Catholic parents planned to protest the bishop’s last-minute mask mandate for students of diocesan schools.
By Ashley Sadler, LifeSiteNews, Aug 10, 2021
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FORT MYERS, Florida (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest took to the pulpit Sunday to berate parishioners for planning to protest the diocesan mask mandate for school children, threatening to deprive families of scholarships if they oppose the requirement.
After the final blessing during an August 8 Mass, Father Bob Tabbert, pastor of St. John XXIII Church in Fort Myers, told his parish, “I am not a very happy person today.”
Clad in a black t-shirt and slacks, Fr. Tabbert, who was not the celebrant at the Mass, also wore a black cloth mask for the duration of his address as he said he was “very unhappy and displeased by a number of parents from this parish and other parishes who are staging a protest in front of our Catholic schools tomorrow.”
The priest explained that “these individuals” who planned to engage in the protest did so “in light of the bishop’s decision regarding masks for children.” …