Christ is in our midst!!
I think the bishops received a "bad rap." As John states, I think their concern was not only with souls but with bodies that could have been ravaged by this unknown disease. They, like all of us, were in completely uncharted waters. The best that science could come up with was a massive response to the flu, but Covid-19 demonstrated that it was not like the flu as we learned more about it. We also had the specter of the Black Plague to consider. Having a priest contract the disease and die was/is far more serious than one thinks in the near term. It takes many years to educate and replace a priest if he dies to an unknown pandemic disease. so protecting the clergy was as much a concern as protecting the laity.
That concern was surely justified in the beginning of this scam, but it didn't take six months for those of us who dug deep and did our research to find out the massive lies going on. By August of last year, they were all over the Internet, and the vile actions of the many governors who closed down churches while letting whorehouses and porno shops stay open made it clear to all that this was a large, hot stinkin' pile of manure of the worst sort.
Now that these lies are out there for everyone to see, our bishops should be in the forefront of blowing the whistle on this lie and warning people against the fraudulent "vaccine" that is killing people left and right. Yes, it is a very hard position to be a bishop, but this has always been true, especially when clowns, tyrants, and murderers are in governance. Look at the many bishops who gave their lives rather than bend the knee to tyrannical lies. It is almost as if the office comes with built in martyrdom.