CNA Staff, Nov 11, 2020 / 11:05 am
While the U.S. bishops' conference congratulated presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden on the election results this weekend, the bishop of Fort Worth has called for prayer, saying the vote tallies are not yet official.
"This is still a time for prudence and patience as the results of the presidential election have not been officially authenticated," Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth stated on Nov. 8. He called on Catholics to pray for peace if the results are challenged in court.
"It appears that there will be recourse made in the courts so it is best for us in the meantime to pray for peace in our society and nation and that the integrity of our republic, one nation under God, might be maintained for the common good of all," Bishop Olson stated.
Bishop Olson's statement appears to be a departure from the U.S. bishops' conference (USCCB), which on Nov. 7 congratulated Joe Biden as the second Catholic to become president.