Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Emergency stay granted, New York Archdiocese keeps Abp. Sheen's remains in NYC

PEORIA, Ill. — Hopes buoyed in the Diocese of Peoria by a Nov. 17 court ruling allowing Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s family to transfer the sainthood candidate’s remains from New York to Peoria were tempered by an emergency stay being granted to the Archdiocese of New York, which planned to appeal the ruling.

In a 10-page decision, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth had granted the request of Archbishop Sheen’s niece, Joan Sheen Cunningham, to have the remains of the famed orator and media pioneer removed from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and transferred to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, where a crypt is being prepared for his re-interment.

However, five days later, lawyers representing the Archdiocese of New York and the trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral — who oppose the relocation of the remains — announced their intention to appeal Bluth’s ruling. They also sought and were granted the stay.
continue at The Compass 

St. Nicholas, ora pro nobis!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jabari Parker assists Milwaukee Capuchins in feeding the hungry

Thank you Milwaukee Bucks’ player, Jabari Parker, for feeding 150 families at the Capuchin Community Services’ House of Peace site for Thanksgiving. Thank you, Mr. Parker, for donating food boxes and turkeys! A special thank you to Gruber Law Office for donating knit caps...and thank you students from Messmer and Divine Savior Holy Angels High School for assisting our guests.
continue at CapuchinCommunityServices

Photo: Bp. Ricken at Green Bay Youth Conference

Friday, December 2, 2016

St. Michael's Church in West St. Paul prepares for last Mass - during the year of its 150th anniversary

Valerie Gerlich was helping plan the church’s sesquicentennial dinner in September when she got the news: St. Michael — a church nearly as old as the state of Minnesota — would be closing its doors. Its last mass will be celebrated Sunday.

The dinner became a modest luncheon — ham sandwiches in the gym — devoted to saying goodbye to a 150-year-old West St. Paul parish.

“It was devastating,” said Gerlich, a 20-year member of the parish. “The timing couldn’t have been worse.”

Church leaders say a depleted parish and dwindling contributions led them to the painful decision to close. Parishioners, some crestfallen or angry, are now scrambling for new places to worship.

It’s a familiar scene. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis called for a dramatic round of church closings and consolidations about five years ago. Things have stabilized since, and St. Michael is the only metro-area church to close this year.
continue at STrib

Hudson Catholic parish considers taking in 21 Syrian refugees

Church leaders and members of St. Patrick Parish in Hudson have been praying overtime in the past couple of weeks as they decide whether to welcome five Syrian refugee families into their community next summer.

The Rev. John Gerritts promised to learn more about the refugee crisis and reach out to parish leadership after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called earlier this fall to ask if his congregation would host the refugees, who are living in a camp in Turkey.

“This is something we’ve never done before,” said Gerritts, who is the church’s pastor. “It’s nothing we were looking to do. It’s not a part of our immediate mission.”
Parish trustee Claire Zajac said some churchgoers perceive the refugees as possibly dangerous to the community.
continue at TwinCities.com

This is a commendable undertaking to take in these displaced Christian families.... oh wait:
Church members are overwhelmingly supportive of the refugee work the Council of Churches does, Walen said. He receives a few letters a year from individuals who say they’re worried about new Muslim settlers in their communities, but most welcome the newcomers.
Ok... well if anyone is interested in also helping Syrian Christians as well, there are organizations out there to enable your charity.  I'm not necessarily against humanitarian efforts, but I hope Wisconsin Catholics can also support Christians in the process as well.
Stream readers know that Christians in the Middle East are the victims of the worst religious persecution on earth. As Jonathan Witt documented here, the UN’s failure to make refugee camps safe is allowing intolerant Sunni Muslims — who share a creed with ISIS — to violently “cleanse” such camps of Christians. These helpless, unarmed survivors of ISIS’s murder squads cannot even reach the “first safe” countries that could welcome them, and instead live in windblown tents and unheated metal storage containers in places like Mt. Sinjar, just miles away from ISIS-controlled territory. More than a million Christians were driven at gunpoint from Iraq during the U.S. occupation of that country, and now the Obama administration is banning Iraqi Christians from even visiting America, and explicitly excluding Christians as victims of ISIS’s genocide.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Traditional Confirmations in Madison Diocese

Last night here in the Diocese of Madison we had Solemn Mass for the Feast of St Andrew and the Sacrament of Confirmation administered in the Traditional Roman Rite by His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, aka the Extraordinary Ordinary.
continue at FatherZ 

Great insight on the Dubia

The Pope is in a difficult position. If he were to state that the principles taught by St John Paul II were no longer part of the Church’s teaching, he would cause a theological earthquake. Never in modern times has a pope publicly disavowed his predecessor. To do so would provoke open revolt among the many who cling tenaciously to the doctrine of previous popes – not merely the last two, but the entire Catholic tradition as it has evolved over the centuries. It might even provoke a formal schism.

What’s more, it would relativise Pope Francis’s own teaching authority – after all, if his predecessors got it wrong, why should anyone think his own statements had any lasting value beyond his lifetime?
full article at UK Catholic Herald

Abp. Listecki interview in WTMJ: I'm first Archbishop of the Archdiocese to be in debt

Following lawsuits levied by those sexually abused by members of the Church, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Despite their financial situation, Archbishop Jerome Listecki says the Church's mission goes on.

"Whatever we had, whether its ten cents or one hundred million dollars. This is our mission given by Christ," says Listecki.

Listecki says he's the first Archbishop of the Archdiocese to be in debt.
continue at WTMJ

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

After Charlie Sykes covers Marquette Christmas dust-up, Marquette updates messages in question

Then, all of a sudden, announcements from Marquette of the event suddenly began to include the word “Christmas.”

There was an e-mail, dated Monday at 3:17 p.m. that announced the “Annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.”

And sometime yesterday an announcement on “Marquette Today,” first posted on November 21, was updated to say that the ceremony is “tonight.” The other change? The inclusion of the word “Christmas.” Here is the blurb on “Marquette Today” as it appeared on Sunday afternoon, and here is the way it appeared when we saved the page as a PDF today.

Somebody forgot to sanitize the University calendar, however, since today the entry still omits “Christmas” just as it did on Sunday.
details at Marquette Warrior

McAdams notes the commenter on our post yesterday received the later version of the Christmas Tree message, not the former.  Again, I'm not sure it was policy, just another indicator of the toxic culture at Wisconsin's preeminent Catholic university.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

7th lawsuit filed against University of Wisconsin systems over flawed interpretation of church-state relationship

The University of Wisconsin seems to have a problem with free speech issues, especially when they intersect with religious faith.

That’s according to a legal organization that has had to sue the school seven times over alleged violations of the Constitution’s protection for free speech.

“Consider sharing this blog on social media to spread the word about the poor climate for free speech at the University of Wisconsin and to shed light on university policies that suppress free speech,” Sarah Kramer of the Alliance Defending Freedom wrote recently.

The latest case involves two students at the school’s Eau Claire branch “who are being denied credit for mandatory community service simply because their activities involved religion.”
The student, Alexandra Liebl, sought to obtain service-learning credit for the 30 hours she spent volunteering with a second-grade religious education class at a local Roman Catholic church.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/11/7th-lawsuit-filed-against-university-over-same-faith-fight/#HrP20ciW8fDLDVZW.99

This does seem like an odd one but if you go read the article UW Systems have lost these battles repeatedly all the way up to SCOTUS.