Des Moines IA Catholic Bishop Richard Pates announces retirement

Bishop Richard Pates, the leader of Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, is retiring and returning to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, according to a column he wrote in The Catholic Mirror.

Pates turned 75 on Feb. 12, the age bishops must submit their resignation to the pope as part of Canon Law. In his column, Pates said he sent Pope Francis his resignation. He served as the ninth bishop of Des Moines.

"As I prepare to take leave, my heart is full of joy and gratitude," Pates wrote in the column. "The past 10 years in the Des Moines diocese have flown by."

Pates wrote that it takes four months or longer to find a new bishop.

He said he still plans to visit Des Moines.
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Cream City Catholic interviews Bp. Athanasius Schneider

Bishop Athanasius Schneider was kind enough to sit down with Cream City Catholic’s Jake Ross for an interview following a wonderful Lenten retreat and Pontifical High Mass at Saint Stanislaus in Milwaukee. Please enjoy this uplifting reflection.

Cream City Catholic
will also post a full video of the Lenten retreat and beautiful Pontifical High Mass in the coming week.

A very special thank you to Bishop Athanasius Schneider for this interview, and to Saint Stanislaus Oratory for allowing us to use the parish’s beautiful rectory.
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Brewers first full squad workout is tomorrow

I'm this pumped about baseball this year. 

On a sad side note MkeJS has called for the sausage racers to be dressed in drag for the Brewers new Gay Day at Miller Park this year.  I would hope if the Brewers feel it necessary to genuflect to the PC Police, they would at least try to keep it above the belt.

Video tour of St. Joseph Chapel in Milwaukee

Jake and I had the opportunity to visit a stunning hidden gem, St. Joseph’s Chapel (1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215), on a recent weekend and capture this brief video tour.

We brought in our equipment, were greeted by a kind receptionist, signed in, got our visitor badges and then made our way up to the chapel. Once we walked through the chapel doors, it was immediately evident that there is more beauty there than we could possibly capture in a short film.

We hope you take the time to make a visit of your own to pray and appreciate such a rich piece of Milwaukee history.
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I also visited a few years ago.

Milwaukee's St. Rita Square Development Advances

A zoning change for a proposed 118-unit senior living facility and new St. Rita’s Catholic Church was recommended for approval by the City Plan Commission. Developer James A. Tarantino is proposing to purchase and demolish the existing church and a handful of other structures to create two six-story buildings and a church that draws heavily on the design of the long-since demolished Blessed Lady of Pompeii Church.

Tarantino & Co. would buy the church and its former school and convent for $1, demolish the existing structure, construct the senior living facilities and church and sell the new St. Rita’s back to the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for $1. The existing church was built in 1925 as a mission church for Blessed Virgin of Pompeii.

The new church’s design will borrow heavily from the former “Little Pink Church” in the Historic Third Ward. The original church was demolished for the construction of Interstate 794 in 1967. St. Rita’s became the de facto church of the Scillian community following the demolition.

The new building will include stained-glass windows from St. Rita’s and artifacts from both churches. The sanctuary will be built level with the street. This will come as a notable improvement over the current St. Rita’s, which requires parishioners to scale stairs to enter the building.
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St Cloud MN priest arrested for sexual misconduct

A St. Cloud priest was arrested this week on suspicion of sexual misconduct. Just how unusual is that? Pretty unusual, but becoming more common, a local expert says.

The Rev. Anthony Oelrich was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of sexual misconduct for having a sexual relationship with a woman he was counseling spiritually.

Has it happened here before?

Oelrich's case is the first time a specific statute regarding clergy abuse in a counseling relationship has been used in Stearns County since 2005, said Janelle Kendall, county attorney. That's as far back as her database goes.

In the books, it's referred to as criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. The same statute has another section pertaining to psychotherapists forbidding sexual relationships with clients they are counseling.
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CrisisMag: The Clarity of Cardinal Cupich

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago is all for clarity. It has been a consistent theme, as when in September of 2017 he issued a decree banning guns in all parishes, schools and other facilities across the archdiocese “so there would be absolute clarity on our position.” His official statement put “clarity” in italics. When he was bishop of Rapid City, he called for “civility and clarity” in discussing legislation that would limit abortion, but he was somewhat unclear in explaining that the law “must recognize both the suffering of the unborn children in abortion and the suffering of the pregnant women in dire circumstances.” The bill was defeated 55 percent to 45 percent. As bishop of Spokane, he spoke clearly in prohibiting the use of the traditional Latin liturgical books in the Paschal Triduum. He made very clear his disapproval of seminarians and priests demonstrating against Planned Parenthood: “Decisions about abortion are not usually made in front of clinics.” In 2012, his pastoral letter on a state referendum to legalize same-sex “marriage” said: “I also want to be very clear that in stating our position the Catholic Church has no tolerance for the misuse of this moment to incite hostility towards homosexual persons or promote an agenda that is hateful and disrespectful of their human dignity.”

Clarity requires effort because it requires honesty, which can be a costly commodity.  So George Orwell said: “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.” Clear expression issues from clear thinking, which in turn requires conforming thought to reality. This was a primary concern of the Master in his holy agony, for he prayed to the Father that his Church never fudge the truth: “Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).
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Sisters from Minnesota Catholic schools play on separate Olympic teams

Few schools can claim an Olympic athlete among their alumni base.

Even fewer schools have more than one, especially from the same family. But Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood and St. Odilia School in Shoreview - both Catholic schools - are proud to make this claim.

That’s because Hannah and Marissa Brandt, graduates of both schools, play on women’s Olympic ice hockey teams competing in this year’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Hannah Brandt, a recent standout with the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team, is a forward for the U.S. Olympic team, which defeated Finland 3-1 on Feb. 11 and will play Olympic Athletes from Russia Feb. 13. Marissa Brandt, who was adopted as a baby from South Korea, used her birth name, Park-Yoon Jung, for the Olympics and plays defense for the combined Koreas, which lost 8-0 to Switzerland Feb. 10.
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The Hillbilly Thomists

Published in 1952, Wise Blood is a Southern Gothic novel by Catholic author Flannery O’Connor. Many early critics interpreted the work as a tale of despair and darkness. In a 1955 response to one letter writer, O’Connor objected: “Everybody who has read Wise Bloodthinks I’m a hillbilly nihilist, whereas I would like to create the impression . . . that I’m a hillbilly Thomist.

Thus was born the name of a banjo-bearing band of bluegrass-loving brothers.

The Hillbilly Thomists are a group of Dominicans friars (ten brothers, of whom two are priests) belonging to the Province of St. Joseph and living at their Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. It is also the title of the group’s CD released last month (available here).
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Two of the theologians on Cdl Cupich "Adultery Education Tour" are from Marquette U

Cdl. Cupich is the front-man for Pp. Francis' Adultery Education Tour, and two of the consulting theologians are from Marquette University: Conor Kelly and Kate Ward.

Cupich has already given a presentation on the topic of AL in Englandand has made it clear that the interpretation given by the Bishops of Argentina (Buenos Aires) is just fine and dandy.

Cardinal Cupich launches “Amoris Laetitia” seminars for US bishops

The Archbishop of Chicago has invited some U.S. bishops to a series of conferences on the 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The seminars will be held at three Catholic colleges later this month.

According to a letter obtained by Catholic News Agency, the meetings, dubbed “New Momentum Conferences on Amoris Laetitia,” are designed to offer a “tailor-made program that goes from why Amoris Laetitia provides New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice to how to provide formative pastoral programs.”

“The aim is to gather fifteen to twenty Bishops to have a conversation with the aid of theologians on the related topics,” the letter said.
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I updated with a relevant "with the aid of theologians" moment in US Catholic history.

Cardinal Cupich called for a 'paradigm shift' in pastoral practice and said that the Pope recognised the need to 'listen' to abuse survivors

Flu forces Milwaukee Catholic school to close for rest of week

The flu has spread to so many children at Mother of Good Counsel School in Milwaukee that administrators have closed school for the rest of the week.

In a letter to parents, Principal Regina Shaw said 22 percent of students were out sick Monday, by Tuesday that number had grown to 33 percent of students out sick.

Shaw said "for us to have 64 sick children, in addition to several faculty/staff members, makes it very difficult for us to carry on with the business of school."
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This is from last week, hopefully everyone is on the mend.

Man steals processional crucifix from Ashwaubenon Catholic church, uses it as weapon

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) - Officers are searching for a crucifix-wielding man who smashed a digital sign outside a local television station.

Ashwaubenon Public Safety officers were called to Nativity of Our Lord Church on S. Oneida Street at 8:45 Friday morning for the report of a man inside the church who was "acting bizarre."

"Actually playing the piano in the church, and that, he lit a cigarette while he was in there and a person did confront him," Captain Jody Crocker tells Action 2 News. "Ultimately did end up stealing one of the crucifixes" -- a processional crucifix on a metal rod.

"It's a quite large crucifix; it's probably between four and five feet long and he took that, got in his car and left," said Crocker.

Police believe it's a blue Ford Focus or Ford Fusion.

"The next stop that we know that he made was in front of WLUK on Lombardi Avenue where he proceeded to start smashing out the front of their sign with this crucifix," Crocker said.

The man ran off across Lombardi Ave. and through a yard. He drove off in his blue car.

Police believe the man is 25 to 30 years old.
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6th Annual Walk To Mary set for May 5th

From Shrine to Shrine. The Walk to Mary will begin its annual pilgrimage from the Shrine of St. Joseph at Old St. Joseph Church at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI, to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis. on May 5. Registration for the 6th annual event opens Feb. 11. 

More than 1,000 pilgrims have made the journey annually since the inception of Walk of Mary. The number is expected to double in 2018 with the participation and promotion of the event by Father Francis Hoffman, known as “Father Rocky” on Relevant Radio.

As part of its opening weekend of Marian Month, The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay will celebrate Mass after Walk to Mary at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. On Sunday, May 6 at 11 AM, Father Rocky will serve as principal celebrant at Mass with traditional May Crowning ceremony at the Shrine.

To register for Walk to Mary, visit The Greater Green Bay Area Convention and Visitor Bureau can assist with accommodations for large groups planning on attending and links are available to lodging partners on the Walk to Mary website. Shorter walking routes are available for the journey, and lunch is provided at Holy Cross Parish in Green Bay.

Ashton Catholic School featured in podcast

Kathi Klaas, the outstanding principal of St. Peter's Catholic School in Ashton, Wisconsin, joins Dr. Tim Uhl on the Catholic School Matters podcast to describe the remarkable turnaround of her Catholic school. Klaas articulates the ways a small rural Catholic school survives and thrives. #catholicschoolmatters

Wisconsin Rapids-area man accused of trying to poison Wausau woman to kill unborn baby

WAUSAU - A 32-year-old Wisconsin Rapids-area man was charged Wednesday with trying to kill his unborn baby by poisoning a pregnant woman, according to court records.

Jeffrey S. Smith of Grand Rapids faces charges of attempted first-degree homicide of an unborn baby and delivery of a prescription drug. During an appearance Wednesday afternoon, Marathon County Judge LaMont Jacobson set a $500,000 cash bond for Smith. His next appearance is scheduled for Friday.

According to court documents, a Wausau woman told Smith she was pregnant with his baby in October, but Smith repeatedly told the woman he didn't want anything to do with the child.

Smith and the woman discussed getting an abortion or putting up the baby for adoption, but he became angry when she decided she wanted to keep the child, according to court documents. Police said they saw numerous texts between Smith and the woman in which Smith wrote, "abortion it is" and "It's for the best."
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Federalist: 10 Crazy Things Inside The Lawsuit Against Marquette For Firing Professor Over Free Speech

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear John McAdams’ lawsuit against Marquette University over the conservative faculty member’s suspension for defending a student.
McAdams took Marquette to court, but a trial court judge tossed his case last June. McAdams immediately appealed. While typically an intermediate court would review the case, given its importance, the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to hear McAdams’ appeal directly. This news brought renewed criticism over the tenured professor’s “suspension,” with the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board chastising Marquette and concluding: “How much better we’d all be if Marquette would acknowledge its mistake and give the professor his job back.”

Marquette President Michael R. Lovell defended McAdams’ “suspension” in a letter WSJ published a few days later. There, Lovell claimed McAdams’ “suspension” was justified because he “inflicted a public and personal internet attack on our student.” In this attempt to save face, Lovell quoted the Milwaukee County judge’s opinion that concluded “academic freedom does not mean that a faculty member can harass, threaten, intimidate, ridicule, or impose his or her views on students.”

Criticism of Marquette is justified, however, in the additional details buried in the court record. Here are ten such tidbits.
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Very good.

Bp. Morlino to offer Pontifical Requiem for murdered priest on 20 year anniversary of death

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, His Excellency the Most Rev Robert Morlino will celebrate a Pontifical Requiem Mass at the Throne to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Fr Alfred Kunz.

Fr Kunz was the longtime pastor of St Michael’s parish in Dane, just north of Madison, where he was instrumental in continuing the Traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese of Madison during the “indult Mass” days. He was found murdered at his parish on March 4, 1998, in a case that remains unsolved.

The Mass will begin at 11:00 am at St Mary’s, Pine Bluff
TMS Madison

No one has ever been charged.


Bp. Athanasius Schneider Lenten Retreat in Wausau Feb 16-17

St Mary's Oratory

Wisconsin Health Without Harm initiative pulled from committees without notice

The Heal Without Harm (HWH) Legislative Initiative – SB 423/AB 549 and SB 424/AB 550 (Sen. Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls, and Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc) – would ban the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies and instead encourage the donation of tissue for research from children who are stillborn or miscarried.
Without notice, AB 549 and AB 550 have been pulled from their previously assigned committees and put into the Committee on Assembly Organization.
The public has a right to know why these bills were moved and if the committee has any intention of sending them to the floor for a vote.
Please call the members of the Committee on Assembly Organization and ask them:
  1. Why were AB 549 and AB 550 moved to this committee?
  2. Does the committee intend to advance these bills so they can receive a floor vote?
There is precious little time left this legislative session for these bills to advance, so please take action now!
Questions? Take some time to visit to learn more about this critical issue.