Archdiocese responds to local priest's COVID fear comments

Updated: September 25, 2020 06:41 PM
Created: September 25, 2020 06:09 PM

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis responded Friday to a local priest's comments about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sermon was posted online in September where Father Robert Altier said the pandemic is based off lies to create fear. It was viewed a half-million times.


The archdiocese said Altier has acknowledged that his comments were inappropriate in the context of a homily during mass.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda said he consulted with the Minnesota Department of Health for a critique of the points mentioned in the sermon and included them in a letter to parishioners.

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