White Silent Protest Richmond
RICHMOND — Father Mark White of Martinsville, along with about 50 supporters, traveled to Richmond on Friday where Bishop Barry Knestout celebrated the ministry of his priests at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart without him.
White was not invited to this annual event because his priestly duties have been suspended by Knestout based on a high-profile difference between the two about White’s criticism of church hierarchy in his blog.
And after Friday’s trip to the home of the Diocese of Richmond, White said his next stops could be Washington and perhaps even Rome as he continues his fight to resume his priesthood.
Some of White’s supporters made the trip Friday in vans, others in their personal vehicles, and after everyone arrived, they gathered at the entrance to the cathedral with signs that read “Justice for Father Mark.”
“Usually there is a procession of the priests, and they are greeted by the bishop as they enter,” White said. “It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen this year.”
Maybe the presence of White and his supporters caused a change in the way the celebration was carried out. White surmised it may have been because of restrictions required by the coronavirus.