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Michigan Supreme Court Decision Regarding Emergency Powers of Governor Gretchen Whitmer
DATE: October 3, 2020
TO: Pastors, Priests, Pastoral Administrators, Parishes, Prinsipals, Deacons
FROM: Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley
RE: Michigan Supreme Court Decision Regarding Emergency Powers of Governor Gretchen Whitmer
We are aware of the recent decision of the Michigan Supreme Court regarding the emergency powers of Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The current safety precautions and protocols for schools and parishes that have been issued by the diocese are issued based on the authority of the Bishop, taking into account expert advice from the medical community. Therefore, these safety precautions and protocols are not affected by this decision of the Supreme Court regarding the authority of the Governor and remain in place until they are reviewed and, if appropriate, modified by the diocese.
Your cooperation and compliance in this regard is deeply appreciated.