There’s a list at CatholicVote of all the US bishops who’ve spoken against the HHS mandate being maintained by the AmericanPapist Thomas Peters. He says at the bottom of the list “There are 195 dioceses in the U.S. So over __% of U.S. Bishops who are the head of a diocese have spoken out so far.”
A number of Eastern Catholics commented on the article with their bishops’ names, as the author asked people to do if their bishop wasn’t listed but did speak out. The author is responding to others and actively adding bishops from comments, but he’s ignored every Eastern Catholic.
I assumed oversight and goodwill, so I sent him a message on G+. He didn’t respond, so I assumed he’s not active on G+ and I went where I know he’s active and responded to a Tweet. No response. I commented in the article again, sent another G+ message, and sent another tweet, but all are ignored without response, as were the messages from fellow Eastern Catholics.
I shared my frustration and an Eastern Catholic friend said she had a similar experience with the AmericanPapist Thomas Peters a couple years ago with him intentionally leaving out Eastern Catholics and refusing to respond to her and she’s not followed anything he’s done since.
I called CatholicVote and the lady wanted to know if the Eastern Catholic bishops were included in the 195 bishops he’s listing. It made sense that they had to be if the military ordinariate was included, but I went to the USCCB website and counted all the dioceses.
My counting might be off, but I came up with 197. Either way, the Eastern Catholics have to be included among his 195 count. And yet he’s refusing to publish American Catholic bishops’ support on an American Catholic website about an American political issue even when he specifically included them in the count of potential respondents. It is false, misleading, and undermines his own cause. But CatholicVote confirmed that he intended to only list Roman Catholic bishops, making it appear his silence on the east was intentional shunning.
The lady at CatholicVote kindly told me that after talking to her, he’ll now include Eastern Catholic bishops on the enumerated list. He’s added more Roman Catholics, some 20 minutes after they are suggested, but he still hasn’t responded to the Eastern Catholics or included them on the list.