April 30, 2012
Bishop Morlino and the Vatican
The list could go on, but let's just pause and take a quick look around. The Vatican blew a cork because nuns have spoken up on various issues including the exclusion of women as priests. The guys must feel threatened. "It scares the church hierarchy to have educated women form thoughtful opinions and engage in dialogue," said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network.
The Vatican is saying loud and clear--Shut-up Sisters and sit down! Maureen Dowd, who grew up Catholic, suggests a rap across the knuckles for the bishops is in order. I could not agree more.
Let's see, Bishop Raymond Burke, now Cardinal Burke, tried to claim a small parish in St. Louis for the archdiocese. He lost in court in Missouri to the cheers and tears of the mostly Polish faithful.
Then we have Bishop Morlino in Madison. Once chair of the advisory board of the School for the Americas, where military men from South American countries are taught how to capture and torture.
Morlino is hot! Parishioners in Platteville, Wisconsin are in revolt. Worse, they are not gving much to the church in the way of donations. Priests assigned to St. Mary's are a reminder of the church pre-John the 23rd.
Petitions are circulating to remove the right-wing priests. Morlino shouts STOP! and ominously adds, OR ELSE!
The theme seems to be "You either want to be a Catholic or you don't." What is a Catholic? Ask Bishop Morlino! You had better not side with the nuns or advocate for girls as altar servers or women to distribute communion. The Bishop might "Interdict" you if you disagree. Whoa Nelly!
What in the world does that mean? You may remain in the church but you may not take the sacraments. One parishoner joked, "Do they send you to hell or take you to court?"
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The only time you can get attention is to "starve the beast". Stop giving and you get the "beast" mad.
A Nun was asked by Chris Matthews on "Hardball" last week why the Nuns seem to be Democrats and why do the Bishops and Priests seem to be Republicans? She answered that they do the work with people and see what happens to them under Republican principles. The Bishops are too aligned with the rich.
-WisconsinLiberal | Fox Valley, WI | April 30, 2012
I heard of a recent Catholic Bishop gathering that introduced many of the top name Republicans at a meeting. If they are being this obviously political then shouldn't the church lose its tax exempt status? What will they do next? A PAC supporting Republican politicians? Take money out of the offering tray and give it to Mittens, Ryan and Walker?
The Supreme Court said at the time of the Citizens United decision that the problems of money in politics should be solved through the tax code. This looks like it may be a good opportunity.
-Just call me Harry | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | April 30, 2012
The hierarchy (bishops, cardinals and popes) have always aligned themselves with the rich and powerful. Church history is full of examples where this alliance has contributed to corruption. The hierarchy depends on the people for its wealth. Cut them off and they actually do sit up and take notice. There was a time when excommunication, interdicts and other threats worked because the church was mostly comprised of the uneducated. Fear and guilt trips were the "tools" they used to keep us in check. Whether it be the church or rightwing Republicans, why are we continually being dragged back to the Middle Ages?
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wisc. | April 30, 2012
This reminds me of a story my uncle told about a church that got a new priest. The people didn't like the priest so instead of giving donations to the church they opened a savings account and deposited the donations there. The priest went to the bishop to say that he didn't have any money to run things. The bishop went to the people to ask why they weren't donating any money, the people said that they have the money and showed him the savings account. Then they added that the account will be turned over to the church when they get a new priest.
They got a new priest.
I don't know that I've ever seen a bigger disconnect between leadership and the people than in the catholic church.
-Mark | Madison, WI | May 1, 2012
Only cowards attack those who turn the other cheek.
Enjoy, Catholic-haters, hating what you imagine the Catholic Church to be.
Alternatively, you could find out the truth and stick to the facts. SyteReitz.com
-Syte | Madison, WI | May 2, 2012