Fanatic Friday: Guns N Roses edition

CapTimes Op-Ed: Catholic education may hold key to school discipline

In the last several months, WILL has argued that currently popular systems of discipline in American public schools are problematic from the standpoint of promoting a good learning environment. Perhaps in reaction to the overzealousness of the “Zero Tolerance” policies of the late '90s and early 2000s, many school systems have gone the opposite direction, promoting “feel good” discipline policies that result in worsened academic outcomes and reports of unsafe conditions for teachers and students.

But, like in many other contexts, private schools may offer an alternative solution on school discipline. A new study by the Thomas Fordham Institute examines student behavior in Catholic schools compared to other private and public schools. They argue that Catholic schools, far more so than other schools, focus on the notion of self-discipline. Self-discipline, in general, is an intrinsic motivation to engage in positive behavior. In the context of the classroom, this can be exhibited by properly dealing with anger, or avoiding impulsive behavior without the teacher having to intervene. It is a regular point of emphasis for Catholic schools around the country. Indeed, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee lists “self-discipline” as one of the core meanings of a Catholic education. But does this emphasis manifest in better behavioral outcomes?
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To Be Served

The paper has made its rounds, but if you haven't seen it a pretty funny slip.

Report: Review Panel has found St. John Cantius head "innocent" of misconduct charges

Dear visitors and contributors,

I have good news to share with everyone.

Sources close to the investigation have advised me that the review panel of the Congregation of the Resurrection has found Fr. Phillips innocent of the accusations which were the basis upon which he was removed as Pastor of St. John Cantius, and Superior of the Canons Regular.

We therefore would expect that Fr. Phillips should be permitted to return to his regular duties in the near future, unless Cardinal Cupich has other plans.

An official announcement is still due from the Archdiocese of Chicago in regard to this matter. Further developments are pending and will be announced as they develop.

Please keep Fr. Phillips and all concerned in your daily prayers until this matter is officially closed.

Thank you,

James Michael Francis Komaniecki

Sacred spot in Green Bay: Where Vince Lombardi prayed

While visiting Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Catholic Media Conference, I took a few moments this morning to walk over to the church where the legendary Vince Lombardi attended daily Mass: St. Willebrord’s, just a few blocks from the convention center and my hotel.

A plaque outside describes the special relationship Green Bay Packers coach Lombardi had to the place, noting that it was just a short walk from the Packer offices.
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MN-NPR: St. Paul/Minn Archdiocese needs $40M for sex abuse settlement. Here's where it's looking

FWIW: MPR hates the Catholic Church in a spectacular way.
The plan includes $5 million paid out from the archdiocese over five years, $4 million from three prominent Twin Cities Catholic high schools and a $3 million "voluntary contribution" from the nearly 200 Twin Cities parishes that operate under the archdiocese. That's on top of nearly $9 million raised already in land and asset sales.

The archdiocese also plans to tap money sitting in a fund it uses to pay health care costs for its employees.

The archdiocese has already sold $8.8 million in assets.

It's also selling the property of three Twin Cities Catholic high schools — Benilde-St Margaret's in St. Louis Park, Totino-Grace in Fridley and DeLaSalle in Minneapolis — to each respective school for a total price of $4 million.
Full article at MPR

Burning Furnace of Charity, miserere nobis!


Guadalupe Shrine hosts summer organ recitals

The first of three summer organ recitals at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse will take place this Sunday, June 10 at 3:00. The recitalist is David Lim, performing works by Bruhns, Cabanilles, Grunenwald, Bach, Shearing, and Vierne. 

David Lim is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he earned a Master of Arts degree in organ performance studying under Gregory Hand. He served as teaching assistant in the Organ Department, teaching organ and keyboard harmony, and also worked as a research assistant in the Department of Musicology under film musicologist Nathan Platte. Lim complete undergraduate work at Gustavus Adolphus College where he majored in music and biology. His primary organ teachers include Gregory Hand, Chad Winterfeldt, Chad Fothergill, and Jon Naatjes. Lim is presently the Director of Worship and Music at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bayport, Minnesota. He formerly served at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (Mankato, MN) and as organ scholar at First Lutheran Church (St. Peter, MN), amongst other parishes. In 2014, Lim won the Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Scholar Award (Evanston, IL). In 2017, he was awarded an E. Power Biggs Fellowship from the Organ Historical Society and was inducted to the University of Iowa’s chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

The other two recitals for 2018 are July 22: Thomas Fielding, Director of Liturgy and Music at Saint Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and August 12Kevin J. Vaughn, Director of Music and Organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana. 

All recitals are on Sundays at 3:00. Admission is free, a freewill offering will be accepted.

Come enjoy the beautiful sounds of an outstanding Noack organ in the magnificent Shrine Church. We hope you can join us.

Champion Shrine to Welcome Hundreds of Journalists for Catholic Media Conference

(Champion, Wis.) – Members of the Catholic Press Association will soon “touchdown in Titletown” for the Catholic Media Conference, June 12-15, 2018. This is the first time the Conference will be held in Green Bay, and the first time many of the religious media attending will visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. Conference attendees will be at the Shrine on Wednesday, June 13.

The Shrine is the only Church-approved Marian apparition in the United States. The Blessed Mother appeared to Adele Brise, a young Belgian immigrant, at the site over 150 years ago. Today, the Shrine welcomes thousands of visitors a year for prayer, reflection and traditional Catholic Masses and events.

While visiting Champion Shrine, conference attendees will:
  • Attend Mass in the Chapel. 
  • Get a Taste of Wisconsin – a sampling of local wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres from Northeast Wisconsin. 
  • Participate in Shrine Rosary Walk – In 1871, the Midwest was engulfed in flames with the great Chicago Fire and Peshtigo Fire. Area residents fled to the Shrine for protection and prayed the rosary around the Shrine property through the night. The Shrine was unharmed by the fire and today the “Shrine Rosary Walk” traces the path the residents prayed along. 
  • Learn about the Shrine’s history in the Welcome Center. 
  • Visit the oratory – where Adele Brise saw the Queen of Heaven. 
“We are happy to welcome the Catholic Press Association to Green Bay and Champion Shrine,” says Corrie Campbell, Events and Communications Coordinator for the Shrine. “The Shrine receives wonderful coverage from Association members and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with members in the future.”

Marquette University bans ‘proselytizing’ on campus

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Marquette University students are free to “evangelize” on campus, but may not “proselytize.”

The restriction is part of the Catholic university’s Religious Activities Policy, which is intended to serve as a rule book for religious organizations on campus, but also operates as a sort of pledge to the school community.

“The university welcomes in its midst students of varying religious backgrounds and persuasions, respects the individual religious commitments of students, and in no case attempts to proselytize them through its programs or sponsored activities,” the school explains. “Similarly, the university does not allow any other individual or organization internal or external to the university to proselytize its members using facilities, programs, or activities controlled by the university.”
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Matt Abbott: Latest on St. John Cantius

I emailed the Congregation of the Resurrection and received a response from Father Gene Szarek, provincial superior of the order.

I had asked: “I'm inquiring as to whether there's been a decision about the status of Father C. Frank Phillips of St. John Cantius Church? It's my understanding that the Congregation of the Resurrection has completed its own investigation into the allegations of inappropriate conduct by Father Phillips.”

Father Szarek responded: “No final decision has been reached. When it is, interested persons will be informed. Thank you for your inquiry.”

I followed up with this question: “Thank you, Father. Are you able to divulge what the review board concluded as to the veracity of the allegations?”

Father Szarek responded: “Not yet. I want to give the cardinal an opportunity to review the report before I make comments about it.”

HT Steve Skojec

Manitowoc couple have opened their home and hearts to 15 foster children

MANITOWOC - Becky Brooks sliced a head of iceberg lettuce on a paper plate in her Manitowoc kitchen, listening to her granddaughter, seventh-grader Bianca Michel, and daughter Danyell, 17, chatter about their school day.

As the mother of five grown children and nine kids adopted through foster parenting, Becky is used to multitasking.

While the girls talked and giggled, the 58-year-old stay-at-home mom boiled water to heat hot dogs for the family supper, sliced buns and pulled out three bottles of salad dressing, stopping the conversation to ask kids — ranging in age from 3 years old to 20 — if they wanted bun or no bun, olives or pickles, milk or juice.
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In Settlement, St. Paul Archdiocese to Pay $210M to Sex Abuse Victims

Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti reported.
"The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to a $210 million settlement with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of its plan for bankruptcy reorganization, making it the second-largest U.S. payout in the scandal that rocked the nation’s Roman Catholic Church.

"Victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson said the settlement was reached with the victims and the archdiocese and includes accountability measures."
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EF Mass of the Sacred Heart with Bishop Morlino

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Just a reminder that Musica Oramus will be hosting the closing Mass of their Novena of Extraordinary Form Masses in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, next Friday, June 8th at 6:30pm, at St. Mary's Visitation Parish in Elm Grove, WI on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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The Mass will be celebrated by
Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison along with a number of area priests who will be assisting or in choir for this beautiful Liturgy

The Mass will be sung by the full Musica Oramus Choir and a public reception will follow in the parish atrium.

Please consider attending this beautiful offering of the Traditional Latin Mass by Bishop Morlino and enjoy fellowship after in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Fatima. (and bring something to share at the reception!)
Confessions will be available from 5:30-6:15pm, and the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed beginning at about 5:50pm with the Mass itself at 6:30pm.
(PLEASE NOTE:  Musica Oramus does plan to continue helping to facilitate regular monthly offerings of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form at SMV going forward, even though this celebration will complete the Novena.)

Petrizzo: Why I'm leaving Marquette University

"I vividly recall when two students approached me on a sidewalk and warned me that if I ever entered the Intercultural Center, I—and my family—would be 'hunted down.'"   
I am leaving Marquette University due to the rampant political bias on campus and the school’s growing separation from the Catholic Church.

When I made the decision to attend college, I wanted to be a part of a community of learners that pushed boundaries, yet still held the values of the Catholic Church in high regard. I applied to many types of schools—East and West coast, large and small, with many in the middle.

One component I always returned to was the idea of faith being the cornerstone of the institution, because it is something I wanted to incorporate into my higher education experience. I remember sharing this idea many times with my parents and knowing that it was my calling to continue to be at an institution that held the same values as I.

Marquette University would be something new for me—a new adventure in a new state. It is a Jesuit and Catholic institution, which was one of the largest factors that prompted me to accept the opportunity to enroll.

After one year at the institution, however, I have discovered that Marquette is anything but a Jesuit and Catholic university. There is no acceptance of conservative thoughts, let alone “diversity of thought,” and opinions that I support are frequently shut down in the classrooms.
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Father Joseph Walijewski’s Cause for Canonization advances

From the Diocese of La Crosse:

May 22, 2018

Father Joseph Walijewski’s Cause for Canonization advances,
Positio to be presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

With joyful thanksgiving to God, Bishop William Patrick Callahan will celebrate Mass on May 27, 2018, at 10:30 am, at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, La Crosse, WI, to mark the completion of the investigation of the Servant of God, Father Joseph Walijewski’s life. At the Mass, the official documents will be signed and secured with the official Diocesan seal in order to be presented to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints in Rome, who will then begin their investigation regarding the position for the Servant of God, Father Joseph Wailijewski.

On March 19, 2013, Bishop William Patrick Callahan announced the opening of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Father Joseph Walijewski. This process called for an investigation and testimony to ascertain the holy life, the heroic virtues, the reputation of sanctity and any miracles attributed to the Servant of God, Father Joseph Walijewski.  Experts in theological, canonical and historical matters have spent the past five years completing the necessary research, study, and testimony. The collected information was carefully documented and assembled into the Positio, a summation of the life and virtues of the Servant of God. These documents, the Positio, will now be presented to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints marking the next step in the process toward canonization.

Father Joe served the Diocese of La Crosse from his ordination in 1950 until the time of his death in 2006. His early ministry was to the people of Thorp and Stevens Point. In 1956, Bishop John Treacy granted a mission request made by Father Joe. He then ministered to the people of South America, most notably in Bolivia and Peru. After a visit to Peru by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1985, Father Joe received the funds to begin building an orphanage, Casa Hogar de Juan Pablo II. Sixty-four abandoned or orphaned children reside there today. The home is modeled after Father Flanagan’s Boys Town.

The official website for Father Joe’s Cause,, includes a biography, timeline of his life and information about the Guild for the promotion of the Cause for Canonization of Father Joseph Walijewski. Additionally, visitors will find his prayer for canonization, information on how to request prayer cards and how to report favors granted. For those unable to attend the Mass on May 27 at the Cathedral, a livestream of the event will be available at

Media representatives wishing to attend the Mass on May 27 are asked to contact the Office for Communications and Public Relations at 608-791-2657, or email by May 25.

Winona man arrested for setting fire to Fountain City WI church

A Winona man was arrested Thursday for vandalizing and setting fire to a Fountain City church Wednesday.

Jessie Tyler Bromaghim, 31, faces felony counts of arson, criminal damage and attempted vehicle theft after being accused of starting a fire and tipping over a statue at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church.
Investigator Mike Osmond observed damage in the church, including a large statue that was tipped over and broken in the main church floor and several items thrown off the third-floor balcony into the church pews below.
Osmond said that Bromaghim admitted that he entered the church, caused the vandalism and started a fire with the red lighter on the floor, according to the complaint. He left the church after he started the fire, the complaint states.

Retired Madison priest faces sexual assault charges in Jefferson County

A retired Madison priest has been charged with several criminal counts relating to sexual abuse allegations during his tenure at a Fort Atkinson church.

Bill Nolan, 64, faces counts of second degree sexual assault of a child, according to court records, and made his initial court appearance through a video conference from Jefferson County Jail.

Nolan is a retired priest-in-residence at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, parish officials told parishioners in an email Thursday.

Judge Jennifer Weston set bail at $50,000 with the stipulation that Nolan not leave the state, have no contact with any children under the age of 18, no presence at St. Joseph's and no contact with the accuser, court documents show.
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Diocese of Madison statement

Fountain City church moves Mass following suspicious fire

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Fountain City, WI (WXOW) - Mass and activities at a Fountain City church is forced to move after fire damages the building Wednesday morning.

The fire at the St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 2 North Hill St. happened around 9:50 a.m. according to Buffalo County Chief Deputy Lee Engfer.

Six fire departments responded to the fire.

No one was inside the church when the fire broke out, nor was anyone hurt during the incident.

Highway 95, the main road through Fountain City, was closed for more than two hours as crews fought the fire.
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