Fanatic Friday: Man Law edition

We need to start a #BringBackManLaw campaign.  The best TV advertising series ever achieved.

Side note: Light posting still, many side projects.  I find it odd how little coverage was given to the Philippine and Egypt terrorists attacks and also to the Melania Trump is Catholic story, not every day a First Lady apparently comes out of the closet. 

Memorial Day with Abp Listecki

Abp. Listecki spent 23 years as a chaplain
in the United States Army Reserves
Calvary Cemetery: The historic cemetery's Civil War Memorial Day Service includes an outdoor Mass at 10 a.m. celebrated by Archbishop Jerome Listecki, followed by a ceremony with musket and rifle salutes, and the firing of a historic cannon. 5503 W. Blue Mound Road.

Thank you to all who have given their lives that we might live in freedom and safety.

This might be my favorite picture ever

Abp. Listecki explains big changes to Racine area Catholic schools

RACINE — Starting in the 2018-19 school year, Racine Catholic schools will be part of a the new St. Catherine of Siena School system, which will involve the Archdiocese of Milwaukee hiring three new administrative positions. The five Racine area Catholic elementary schools along with St. Catherine’s Middle and High School are going to be part of the system.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki made the announcement to pastors, principals and trustees in a closed meeting at Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, 2201 Northwestern Ave., on Wednesday, following similar announcements recently made at other parishes.

The change comes after months, and in some respects years, of planning the realignment in effort to boost enrollment and overall quality of Catholic education.

Listecki said increasing costs and shifting demographics have weighed heavily on local parishes.

“We always have to make Catholic education accessible and affordable,” Listecki said. “What this does is it helps to promote those two qualities.”
continue at The Journal Times

Bishop Morlino explains the 'moral evil' of surrogacy

Fewer areas of ethics have become more complex than those surrounding reproductive technologies. How can the Catholic faithful begin to recognize the problems with advancements such as in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and surrogacy and truly understand the Church’s position?

It takes a good teacher. On Thursday, May 18, Bishop Robert C. Morlino drew on his doctoral studies in Moral Theology and specialization in bioethics to teach on the issue of surrogacy at Holy Family Catholic Parish in Waterloo.
continue at MadCathHerald

"Doctoral studies in Moral Theology," a sure way to not get appointed to be a bishop.  Our dear Bishop Morlino must have camouflaged that little tidbit with the SJ at the end of his name.

Mary, Help of Christians, ora pro nobis!

"Emperor" Napoleon
Give The Church victory over Her enemies!

Our Lady Help of Christians, commemorates the defeat of one of history's greatest generals, Napoleon Bonaparte.  Waterloo was a decisive battle in more than one sense. It definitively ended the series of wars that had convulsed Europe, and involved many other regions of the world, since the French Revolution of the early 1790s.  It ushered in almost half a century of international peace in Europe; no further major conflict occurred until the Crimean War.

In the end, his prisoner Pope Pius VII would prevail where Napoleonic France would surrender.

Liturgical feasts celebrating military victories
  • May 24, Our Lady Help of Christians, commemorates the defeat of one of history’s greatest generals (and most wicked men), Napoleon Bonaparte. 
  • August 6, The Transfiguration of Christ, was extended to the Universal Church by Pope Calixtus III to celebrate legendary Hungarian general János Hunyadi’s victory over the Turks at Belgrade in 1456. This feast has great significance for Orthodox and Eastern Rite Catholic churches.
  • September 12, the Holy Name of Mary, celebrates the victory of John Sobieski and his Polish warriors over the Ottoman Turks at the gates of Vienna in 1683.
  • October 7, In thanksgiving for the victory at the Battle of Lepanto on the first Sunday(eventually a fixed feast on Oct 7) of October 1571, Pope St. Pius V ordered that a commemoration of the Rosary should be made on that day. 
Napoleon serving notice of imprisonment
on Pope Pius VII, Scarpelli, Tancredi (1866-1937)
May Our Lady intercedes against today's enemies of Christ

TLM at Pine Bluff for Ascension ->Thursday<-

There will be a Sung Mass on Thursday, 5/25 at 6:00pm at St Mary’s Pine Bluff for Ascension Thursday.

This important day in the liturgical year features the extinguishing of the Paschal Candle, as we commemorate Our Lord’s ascent into heaven 40 days after His Resurrection.

Question, so does this mean that Bishop Morlino gives a dispensation from the tyranny of Ascension Thursday Sunday, or since it is as TLM we are simply permitted to follow the Old Calendar?  I was musing the other day if it were possible to request from a bishop for an individual parish to be dispensed from the tyranny of Ascension Thursday Sunday for the Ordinary Form.

Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse hiring

May 19, 2017

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Opening for an Associate Accountant and/or Data Entry position

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is seeking to hire an Associate Accountant and/or Data Entry position. The Associate Accountant assists the Finance Director by performing gift processing, cash receipts, accounts payable and accounts receivable functions in accordance with generally accepted accounting procedures and assisting with other accounting functions as assigned by the Finance Director. This is a full time non­exempt position.

April 28, 2017

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Finance Director Opening
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is seeking to hire a Finance Director. The director will help to advance the mission of the Catholic Church and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The director will be responsible for the administration of all financial activities in support of the Shrine.

This is an exempt position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

In order to apply for the position, please submit the application form, along with a cover letter and résumé, to:

Mrs. Laura Antonie
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director 608­782­5440, ext. 241

NLM: Pontifical Baptism in the Traditional Rite in Madison

Today, we bring you pictures from one of the rarest liturgies in practice, the pontifical baptism from the 1962 ritual books. The celebrant was His Excellency Bishop Robert Morlino; the ceremony occurred several weeks ago at St Patrick’s church, with a family from the Cathedral of Madison, Wisconsin.
continue at New Liturgical Movement

Great photos, worth a peak!

Fanatic Friday: Paradise edition

Oh, how bout one more Steve'n'Seagulls

ICYMI: Video of daughter of Brewers' Saydee Sogard in tears after loss goes viral

Sogard had hit a home run in the top of the 10th to take the lead, but the Padres scored two in the bottom of the 10th.

details at Channel3K

Read the rest, the Padres made it up to her, haha.

ht AS

Judge laments $15M in legal fees in St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese bankruptcy

The judge overseeing the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis expressed concern Thursday over the legal fees being racked up in the case — about $15 million to date.

“It bothers me so much that all these attorney fees are being run up,” U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel said at a hearing Thursday, adding that legal fees are consuming funds that could be directed to survivors of archdiocese clergy sex abuse.

In an attempt to curb the spending, Kressel ordered that no expert witnesses be hired for the time being. He also ordered a tighter schedule for both parties to argue their legal objections to each other’s compensation plans.

“I’m trying to save money and time and get this decided,” Kressel said.

Kressel’s remarks came in response to the archdiocese’s proposal to “retain certain experts” to advise on the competing victim compensation plans before the court, on the value of parish contributions to the settlement, on insurance settlements and other issues, according to a motion before the court.
So the MN state legislature declares war on Catholic dioceses and then when those dioceses attempt to defend themselves they are lamented for doing so.  Well that cute judge.  Has it occurred to Judge Kressel that perhaps SNAP's consistent rejection of anything short of complete annihilation of every Catholic entity in the archdiocese might have something to do with those mounting legal fees?  The whole point of bankruptcy is that the organization be permitted to exist after completion.  Why isn't SNAP also pressured to settle in the case he is so concerned with legal fees?  It's our job to complain about mounting legal fees, for a judge to do so seems to overstep a wee bit.
The fees are high compared to other bankruptcies nationally, and the process in the Twin Cities has been long, said Chuck Zech, a church finance expert at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. The Milwaukee Diocese, considered the “mother of all bankruptcies,” spent $23 million in a protracted battle to settle with abuse victims, plus $7 million for the victims’ attorneys, he said.

“Milwaukee is the poster boy for a disastrous way to do a bankruptcy,” said Zech. “It seems to me that St. Paul is approaching that status.”
Last week, 94 percent of the survivors voted against the archdiocese’s plan. The plan included a victims’ compensation fund of at least $155 million — about $120 million from insurance payments — and a court order to prevent victims from filing future lawsuits against the parishes and insurers involved.

The abuse victims voted in favor of their creditors’ committee plan, which would have the archdiocese paying $80 million of its own money into the fund. The plan also seeks far bigger settlements from the insurance companies covering the abuse.

Victims’ attorneys argue there are millions more dollars available from insurance assets that the archdiocese could tap.

St Josaphat Basilica hosts Mass of Blessing for Law Enforcement - May 23

Bishop Morlino consecrates Madison Diocese to Our Lady of Fatima

“Jesus, we now want to imitate you and entrust ourselves to your mother. Mary, Mother of Mercy, we entrust to you all the faithful in Wisconsin, especially those in the Diocese of Madison.”

With those words, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison consecrated the Diocese of Madison to Jesus, through the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Fatima.

The entrustment came the day before the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, on May 13, 1917.
continue at MadCathHerald

St John Cantius Fatima procession video

via FatherZ

Twin Cities all boys Catholic high school rocked by scandal, theology teacher allegedly smoked marijuana with students

A St. Thomas Academy teacher fired last week by the all-male Catholic prep school admitted to police that she wrote a paper for a student in exchange for marijuana and smoked the drug with two students in her car, according to court records.

Kristin Marie Vanyo, 45, also told police investigators in a May 9 interview that she bought alcohol for students, according to an application for a search warrant filed this week in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.
In an interview with police investigators, according to court records, Vanyo said she bought $120 worth of alcohol for students before the school’s military ball and prom; wrote a paper for a student in exchange for marijuana; asked students to go out for drinks at a bar after school; offered to drive students to Duluth if they would skip school; and bought marijuana from a student.
St. Thomas Academy officials learned of her alleged behavior May 9 when a student who was being reprimanded for wandering in a school hallway said there were bigger issues going on. According to the court document, the student showed a school staff member a text message that he said he received from a teacher that read, “I’ve never wanted to cheat with anyone in my life, but I want to with you.”
Vanyo was fired from her job the day the allegations came to light, the school said last week.
full article at Pioneer Press

My only question is, I mean, it's an all-boys school right? But not an all male faculty?

Judges Get ‘Borked’ and Now Professors Will Get ‘McAdamsed’

The ongoing battle between the authoritarian administration at Marquette University and the tenured political-science professor it wants to get rid of because of things he wrote has hit a Wisconsin court. The judge recently granted Marquette’s motion to dismiss, siding with the university’s argument that it gave Professor John McAdams “fair procedures” and therefore the court should defer to its decision that tenure and academic freedom notwithstanding, McAdams must be punished.

I cover the story’s background and the court’s ruling in today’s Martin Center article. 

If the decision stands (and it will be appealed), it would open up a new avenue for zealous leftists to attack faculty members they don’t like. Just find writings that offend some protected group (in this case, a young female teaching assistant who brushed off a student who asked why the class would not discuss gay marriage, informing him that the question was settled and to bring it up would be harmful to gay students), then begin procedures to strip the malignant professor of tenure and employment. 

“Watch what you say” becomes the guiding principle at colleges and universities where the president cares more about keeping the Left happy than with defending free speech.
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Muskego church breaks ground on $2.4 million addition

Archbishop Jerome Listecki came to Muskego as St. Leonard Catholic Church and School broke ground for a $2.4 million addition that will expand its ministries and transform its facade to a more welcoming entrance.

Listecki helped celebrate the Mass that preceeded the blessing of the site and the groundbreaking.

St. Leonard's, W173 S7743 Westwood Drive, will build a 3,739-square-foot gathering space.
continue at MNB NOW

FWIW, the interior of the church is in pretty rough shape.

Camp Gray featured on Culver's website

In 2006, when Topher Aderhold, assistant director of Camp Gray in Reedsburg, WI, visited Culver’s for the first time, he was excited to discover the Scoopie Token on the bag of every Kids’ Meal. When he learned that collecting ten Scoopie Tokens resulted in a free Kids’ Meal, he was determined to save up.

Topher found that saving up ten tokens wasn’t enough of a challenge, however, and he decided to make his goal bigger. Nearly six years later, he had saved up 500 Scoopie Tokens—enough to treat all 50 staff members at Camp Gray to free Kids’ Meals.

In 2012, Topher arranged a surprise trip to the camp’s local Culver’s restaurant. The restaurant welcomed the large group, and Scoopie even made an appearance. “That was a fun day,” said Topher. “The group was pumped! Staffers from that summer still talk about it.”
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I didn't know the thing about saving up the Scoopie Tokens....

So I just visited Camp Gray on Friday, and I was really impressed.  Topher had said Bishop Morlino even personally visits camp a few times each summer.  Also, several of the campers have gone on to enter the priesthood or religious life.  I'm excited to be sending a couple of our kids this summer, the BC wife however was at least at first not thrilled with the idea of her babies being away from home.

SNAP files coercion lawsuit against Bp. Hoeppner of Crookston MN Diocese, bishop denies any wrongdoing

A former vicar general for the Diocese of Winona accused of coercion "categorically denies" the claim that he covered up an allegation of clergy sexual assault, according to a statement released by the Diocese of Crookston, where he now is bishop.

Michael Joseph Hoeppner, 67, is the first bishop in the United States to be individually sued for coercion, said Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul attorney who's represented hundreds of survivors of clergy abuse. The personal injury lawsuit was filed Tuesday.

Hoeppner was vicar general at Winona from about 1998 until being named bishop at Crookston in 2007, church records show.

In 2010, Ron Vasek was exploring the possibility of becoming a deacon in the Catholic Church when he allegedly told Hoeppner he'd been sexually assaulted in about 1971 by Roger Grundhaus.

At the time of the alleged abuse, Grundhaus was a priest at the diocese; he was vicar general of the Crookston diocese from 1991 to 2008.
continue at Roch Post-Bulletin

So why is being charged with coercion instead of a heftier charge?  According to Minn Public Radio, it sounds like the case has already been reviewed by law enforcement and no charges were brought.
But in a statement Tuesday the Diocese of Crookston said the bishop "categorically denies that he in any way forced, coerced or encouraged Mr. Vasek to not pursue his allegations." The statement said the diocese encourages the reporting of abuse. It said Vasek's abuse claims were reported to law enforcement in 2011, but did not say who made the report.

The diocese said it plans to conduct an investigation into the allegations, and would have no further comment about Vasek's allegations until it is complete.

The accused priest declined to comment. He retired in 2010, and his name does not appear on a list of clergy who the diocese said had been accused of abuse. In 2014, the Diocese of Crookston released the names of six accused priests after similar releases by other Minnesota dioceses in response to public pressure from victims and parishioners and, in some cases, court orders and pending litigation.

We've seen SNAP parade around some other baseless claims, and might be looking at ways of getting their money without suffering the now real possibility of a countersuit.

A Massachusetts man was charged after threats against a Naperville school and Cardinal Cupich

A Massachusetts man was charged after he allegedly made threats against a Naperville school and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich.

William MacKinnon, 48, of Pittsfield, Mass., left a four-minute, profanity-laced voicemail threatening to "terrorize" St. Raphael Catholic School in February, according to a criminal complaint. He said he would go to the school and teach them "a (expletive) lesson."

In addition to saying that he wanted to harm students and staff, he said he would hurt Cupich.
Officials of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago were not immediately available for comment Monday.

Edward P. Flavin, director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet, said via email the case "is now in the hands of authorities and is pending in court. We cannot comment further."
Chicago Tribune