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Milwaukee's Archbishop Catholic Cousins Center renamed Mary Mother of the Church Pastoral Center

JUST IN: At 10 a.m. today, Archbishop Listecki announced the new name for the archdiocesan Central Offices that will replace the Archbishop Catholic Cousins Center: MARY MOTHER OF THE CHURCH PASTORAL CENTER.

“As we look to the future and move forward, always under the care of Christ and His Good Mother, I have decided to rename the building Mary Mother of the Church Pastoral Center as a reminder that we can always look to Mother for care, support, healing and guidance.” – Archbishop Jerome Listecki

Vote for Brian Hagedorn for Supreme Court April 2nd

Also after some recent attacks, a gay man sets the record straight on Hagerdorn.
Dear Editor:

As an openly gay man who has interacted with Judge Brian Hagedorn on numerous occasions, including spending more than 16 hours driving him to campaign events across the state, I feel a responsibility to cry foul on the political attacks alleging he is homophobic and unfit to be a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.
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Wisconsin Family Council report card: https://wifamilyaction.org/election-central/

So Many Illinois Pro-Lifers Flooded the Capitol Opposing Abortions Up to Birth They Had to Shut It Down

Pro-lifers flooded the Illinois Capitol on Wednesday in opposition to several radical pro-abortion bills that would allow unborn babies to be aborted up to birth.

The Illinois News Network reports so many people showed up for the peaceful pro-life rally that police temporarily closed access to the capitol due to “overcrowding.”

Photos on Illinois Right to Life’s Facebook page show pro-lifers packed in the capitol rotunda. The pro-life group said more people stood outside the building because they could not get inside.

“There is widespread outcry from the people of Illinois against these extreme anti-women and anti-children bills since they were introduced a month ago,” said Mary Kate Knorr of Illinois Right to Life Action, prior to the rally. “Residents from all corners of Illinois are expressing outrage at this proposed legislation, which disregards the health and safety of women.”
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Wisconsin Summer Camps with the Institute

Young Boys 10 to 14: Saint Dominic Savio Camp:
Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19
Wausau WI

Young Girls 10 to 14: Saint Therese Camp: 
Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26
Wausau WI

Boys 14 to 17: Saint Michael’s Camp: 
Sunday, August 11 to Thursday, August 15
Green Lake WI

Girls 14 to 17: Company of the Immaculate Camp: 
Sunday, June 2 to Thursday, June 6
Green Lake WI

details at Institute of Christ the King

These look great. We couldn't get our kids into Camp Gray this year, so I started looking and found the Institute also hosts camps.  Ours are still a bit young to send to these but look really good.

Students facing punishment after Virgin Mary statue shattered at University of St. Thomas

Several university of St. Thomas students destroyed a statue of Mary that had long been a fixture in Ireland Hall, a men’s residence on its St. Paul campus, the university announced in March 12 email to its community.

The vandalism occurred in the early morning hours of March 3.

“This was a grave act of disrespect, which has deeply hurt many in our community,” President Julie Sullivan and Executive Vice President and Provost Richard Plumb said in the statement. “We condemn this act of religious disrespect, are saddened by the pain this event has caused, and expect all in our community to respect our important faith symbols.”

The plaster statue was 42 inches tall and stood unsecured on a wooden base near a stairwell. The statement said it “was moved and ultimately purposefully dropped and shattered.”
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Finally! Archdiocese of Milwaukee to drop names from Cousins, Weakland centers, Cathedral depiction of Weakland shepherding children

Archbishop Rembert Weakland and William Cousins, shown in 1980. (Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel files)
Bowing to increased pressure from Catholics and victims of clergy sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced Tuesday that it would remove the names of former Archbishops William E. Cousins and Rembert G. Weakland — both of whom took part in the coverup of sex crimes against children — from its headquarters complex and cathedral center.

The sign at the Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center in St. Francis was removed around noon today, and a new name will be announced and a temporary sign installed at 10 a.m. Friday, according to the archdiocese.

Weakland's name already has been removed from the parish center at St. John the Evangelist in downtown Milwaukee, as has a bas relief inside the Cathedral depicting Weakland shepherding small children.  However, historical portraits of Cousins and Weakland will remain inside the cathedral, said spokeswoman Amy Grau.

The archdiocese's decision, which has been sought by victim-survivors for years, follows similar moves by church officials around the country.
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This really is a big deal internally for Milwaukee, where Archbishop Weakland and his allies still have a great amount of influence. The article even goes on to mention:

Weakland, who is in hospice care, still has many supporters, some of whom are likely to see the archdiocese's move as a kind of scapegoating.


Chuck as Glorious St. Joseph

Loome Booksellers is Closed Permanently, bank is offering a one-time sale of all inventory

Dear Friend of Loome Booksellers,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Loome Booksellers is permanently closed. After a lengthy fight to keep the doors open, which included your generous campaign contributions and unflagging support, the day came when the debt burden simply became too great for the business to bear. As a consequence, our bank has a right to all the assets of the business. Just last week, I signed all of the bookstore's inventory and other assets over to our bank. I regret that this means Loome Booksellers cannot honor outstanding gift certificates or any store credit. This abrupt closure was not the path I planned to take, but the decision was not mine to make.

What will happen to all the good books?

The bank is offering a one-time sale of all the inventory. The price is $40,000 or best offer, due by Friday, March 22nd with the removal of all inventory before the end of April when a new tenant moves into the location. Serious inquirers, please see more information at Loomebooks.com.
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A sad day.

National Review: Reparations for Milwaukee?

How about giving it a functional high school.

For years, I have argued that the two major political parties should host their conventions year after year in the same cities, choosing two that truly represent the vision of each party.

For the Republicans, that would mean some place such as Indian Wells., Calif., or The Woodlands, Texas. Indian Wells is the second-most-Republican jurisdiction in California (behind Villa Park, as of last year), a place full of gated communities, beautiful golf courses, and rich old white people. The Woodlands is pretty rich and white, too, a suburb distantly in the orbit of a much more populous, diverse, and badly governed city run by Democrats.
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Very interesting insights on the public schools.

For whom the bells toll: Parish helps Hayward WI host Birkie

When the Hayward community welcomes tens of thousands for the American Birkebeiner ski-marathon each February, St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish has a front row seat and VIP status.

The Birkie, as the American Birkebeiner is popularly known, is the largest ski-marathon in North America, and part of an international federation to promote cross-country skiing, the Worldloppet. Comprised of the best ski racing around the world, each of the 20 countries on the Worldloppet circuit is only allowed one race location.

Located in the Hayward-Cable area, the American Birkebeiner trail covers more than 100 kilometers. The Birkie race course is 50K for classic Nordic skiing and 55K for skate or freestyle.

Pastor of St. Joseph’s parish, Fr. Gerard Willger, receives a text message when the elite skiers are on Lake Hayward, making their way toward the International Bridge and Main Street finish line. Fr. Willger then starts ringing the church’s bells – along with two other churches – to announce the lead pack is approaching the finish.
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Green Bay ex-priest sent to jail for having unapproved contact with children

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A former Green Bay priest who was convicted of exposing his genitals to a child has been sent to jail for violating probation.

Documents obtained by Action 2 News detail recent allegations against Richard Thomas, 81.

Once of the documents is a letter sent by the Department of Corrections to Judge Timothy A. Hinkfuss. The letter states that Thomas had violated rules of supervision by having unapproved verbal and physical contact with children.

In 2016, Thomas was sentenced to 36 months on supervision after he was found guilty of two counts of Exposing Genitals/Pubic Area/Intimate Parts to a Child. Thomas had exposed himself to a teenager while living at Grellinger Hall, a residence for retired priests.

Lourdes Academy in Oshkosh mourns death of former teacher

ALLOUEZ — Members of the Lourdes Academy community in Oshkosh mourned the passing of Andrew Schefelker, 30, who died Feb. 24 in the 131-vehicle crash on Interstate 41 in Neenah. Schefelker served as a long-term substitute teacher at Lourdes Academy last year, teaching middle school science and high school math.

“Andrew came into our school very enthusiastic and ready to learn as a teacher,” David Mikesell, principal of Lourdes Academy, told The Compass in an email. “He connected with our students and did a good job building relationships with him. He gave the school, and more importantly the students, 100 percent of what he could day in and day out.”
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Requiescat in pace.

True Fasting

Source: RuthenianCatholic

Check out this gorgeous church in Chilton WI

Not to sound punchy but the northeast side of the state has been a challenging place to find good looking churches. This look great!  Website: https://www.goodshepherdchilton.org/

20 feet down in Lake Michigan there is an 11 foot tall statue of Christ

You can only see the marble statue one day a year without diving equipment.

PETOSKEY, Mich. — Michigan is home to many interesting sights and unique landmarks, but there is one in Petoskey that might just be one of a kind.

It’s not something that you can even see most days of the year without very specialized equipment. That is because it is in 20 feet of water about 800 feet from shore in Little Traverse Bay off Petoskey.

If you have scuba gear you are in luck. But the land bound who are willing to brave the cold and trek out onto the ice in late February or early March and peer through a hole in the ice inside a tent can see it. It’s an 11-foot-tall, 1,800-pound Italian marble statue of Christ on the cross.
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Police say suspect in Neillsville WI church burglary spoke in ‘demonic voice’, referenced Satan

Pictured: Seth Meier, taken in 2015 
Clark County (WQOW) — Authorities have identified the man accused of vandalizing a Clark County church.

Neillsville police said Seth Meier, of Lublin, confessed to going into St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville Thursday night and damaging statues and wall hangings.

Meier was found at a home in Neillsville. The homeowner told police that Meier admitted to vandalizing the church and had been acting strange for the past five days, even speaking in a demonic voice. She said Seth and his brother, Tyler, had been talking in verse and talking about religion a lot.

According to police, Meier appeared to be under the influence of drugs. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out. While there, police said he continued to speak in a demonic voice. At one point, police said Meier said the last thing he remembered was “destroying the insolent temple”.

During his interrogation, Meier said he blessed the altar with snow. When asked how he blessed it, the criminal complaint states Meier said: “I dumped some snow on the altar and I said I bless you Satan in the name of Jesus Christ.” He went on to say he damaged a cross because it was not really Jesus. He said he left the church after “the father” told him to.
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Well isn't that special.  The end part is odd.  It could be mental illness, drugs or possession or maybe a combination of the three. 

Judge approves Duluth diocese settlement of $30 million

The Diocese of Duluth’s final insurance settlement received the stamp of approval from a judge Thursday, putting an end to nearly three years of litigation that has significantly prolonged the organization’s bankruptcy.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company agreed last month to contribute $6.5 million to victims of child sexual abuse. With four other insurance payments already approved, the settlement agreement brings the sum victims stand to receive to more than $30 million.
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"Unplanned" movie premiere March 28th at 7:00 PM in Green Bay and Milwaukee

Two Locations:
Milwaukee Area
Marcus Menomonee Falls Cinema
W180 N9393 Premier Lane
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 PM

Green Bay Area
Marcus Bay Park Cinema
755 Willard Drive
Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 PM


St. John’s Homeless Shelter in Green Bay to become independent nonprofit

ALLOUEZ — St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter and the Diocese of Green Bay have agreed to end their 11-year partnership on July 1, 2019. In a letter dated March 7 and addressed to “friends of St. John’s Homeless Shelter,” diocesan and shelter officials said the decision has been in the works for more than two years.

The letter was signed by James O’Neil, SJEHS Board of Trustees chairman; Fr. John Girotti, SJEHS Board of Directors president; and Alexia Wood, SJEHS executive director.

“Beginning July 1, 2019, St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, Inc., will become an independent nonprofit and no longer operate as a corporation of the Diocese of Green Bay,” stated the letter. “This transition comes after more than two years of careful planning to ensure St. John’s ministries will continue to thrive and embody the mission of Jesus by caring for those in greatest need in our community.
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There's been some battling between the diocese and the city of Green Bay over this place.  I'm not sure if this move will alleviate that or improve it.  The article does a really good job of explaining the history of the shelter and is worth a look.

from 2013: "City officials in December cited the homeless shelter for exceeding occupancy limits, initiating a Municipal Court case that could result in fines of up to $500 a day against the diocese."