Friday, August 29, 2014

Minnesota Public Radio’s ‘Betrayed By Silence’: A New Low In Vengeance Journalism

For over a decade now, we at have likely reviewed several thousand news articles, television episodes, radio interviews, and documentary films in our mission to encourage accuracy in the media's coverage of the Catholic Church abuse story line.

However, we don't believe we have seen a piece of media as grossly inaccurate and irresponsible as a recent multimedia special presentation produced by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), "Betrayed by Silence," which purports to chronicle the history of the Catholic Church abuse scandal as it relates to Minnesota.

MPR's not-so-hidden agenda

MPR's multimedia program is so loaded with flat-out falsehoods and misrepresentations that one hardly knows where to begin.

We have already cited reporter Madeleine Baran a number of times before for her biased and inaccurate reporting (1, 2). But with "Betrayed by Silence," it now becomes clear that Baran and her friends at MPR have absolutely no interest in honest journalism but rather wish to damage the Catholic Church for its refusal to march to the step of the "progressives" at MPR.
continue at The Media Report

Worth mentioning....
Each and every week, MPR proudly broadcasts the weekly radio quiz show, Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me, which features comic Paula Poundstone.

As the folks at MPR should certainly know, California police arrested and charged Poundstone in June of 2001 after a lengthy investigation on three shocking counts of committing a lewd and lascivious act on a girl under the age of 14 and one count of child endangerment.

WCC issues statement as Seventh Circuit hears Marriage Amendment case

In a statement issued Tuesday, Aug. 26 by the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the state’s Catholic bishops, the bishops reaffirmed their support for Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and for the voters who approved it, as the seventh circuit court hears a lawsuit on the legality of the state amendment.

“In approving the long understood truth that marriage is a union between a man and a woman the voters were not establishing a religious understanding of marriage as an institution,” the bishops said. “Rather they were recognizing a truth about human relationships and the nurturing of generations.”

Wisconsin’s voters approved the constitutional amendment defining marriage in a 2006 referendum that garnered 59 percent of the vote. The amendment has since been challenged in federal court and a judge for the Western District of Wisconsin held the measure to violate the U.S. Constitution. The ruling was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Appeals Court consolidated the case with a similar appeal from Indiana. The Court heard oral arguments on the case on August 26, 2014.

In addition to affirming their support for the amendment, the bishops also praised Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen for his defense of the amendment.
continue at MKE Catholic Herald 

This is an excellent statement, succinct and to the heart of the matter!

Milwaukee's St. Mary's Convent lives again online

A collaboration between two city departments, the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Sisters of the Divine Savior, North American Province, has resulted in the creation of a new website containing photographs of the old St. Mary's Convent at the corner of N. 35th and W. Center streets.

The convent was demolished last year after officials determined the building was beyond saving. The convent was built in 1900 and was the home for a religious congregation, a nursing home, a school and a rehab clinic.

The website came together through the efforts of the Public Information Division of the City Clerk’s Office, the Historic Preservation Commission, and Wisconsin Historical Society and the sisters.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Green Bay Packers Bishop's Charity Game tonight

I will be there, start time 6 PM.  My friend says there's a meet and greet with Bp. Ricken before the game?  Should have grown out the mustache.


  • Thursday night marks another Green Bay preseason tradition: the Bishop’s Charities Game. It was first played in 1961 after Vince Lombardi was approached by the Diocese of Green Bay about playing a charitable contest in Green Bay (the Shrine contest was a fixture in Milwaukee).
  • The series enjoys its 54th contest this year and has raised more than $3.7 million.
  • For more than 30 years, the church handled much of the game’s business-related tasks, including game-program and advertising sales, using a network of volunteers covering 14 counties throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The Packers assumed many of those tasks beginning in 1994. 
  • The Packers are 28-24-1 all-time in the series. The Chiefs will be the Packers’ opponent in the game for the third time in the last four years and for the sixth time overall (1978-79, 1992, 2011-12)

WI Cong. Sensenbrenner becomes Catholic; +Dolan, Listecki, Morlino attend

Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) converted to Catholicism in a quiet ceremony at Milwaukee's St. Francis de Sales Seminary on Mondaya private affair reportedly attended by at least two Wisconsin bishops and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Sensenbrenner's office confirmed the conversion in an e-mail. But it turned down an interview request, saying the congressman "sees this as a private matter."

The ceremony was first noted by Mark Silk, professor and director of the Greenberg Center for the study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Connecticutt, on his blog, Spiritual Politics. In addition to Dolan, Silk said, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki and Madison Bishop Robert Morlino were on hand.

A spokesman for Morlino confirmed Wednesday that he attended the ceremony. Listecki's chief of staff, Jerry Topczewski, said, "We don't comment on his private calendar." A representative for Dolan could not be reached.

The Republican lawmaker had previously identified himself as an "Anglican Catholic," Silk noted, "so jumping the Tiber was for him not much of a leap religiously."

"Sensenbrenner seems to have been traveling this road for awhile," said Silk.
continue at JS

Welcome Cong. Sensenbrenner!  To quote Fr. Groeschel, "come on in, the water is terrible!" LOL

I think Silk's article is a little over the top as far as how Sensenbrenner now needs to change his policy on immigration.  


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Federal appeals judges blast Indiana, Wisconsin natural marriage laws

via Alliance via Sun-Times (AP):
Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

As the legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted to the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, more than 200 people lined up hoping to get a spot in the hearing room.

Attorneys general in both states are trying to reinstate bans that were ruled unconstitutional in June. The outcome of the case also could directly affect hundreds of couples who were married after federal judges overturned the bans but before their rulings were put on hold pending appeal.
I just don't understand how the African American community can stand by and give these people a pass when making such egregious and erroneous comments.  Might as well invoke a Hitler and a Stalin in there too.

Then again, why does the government even have marriage laws to begin with?  For taxes?  Do we get to the point where the government removes children from natural families, say because the family is deemed unfit because it has too many children, and places unnatural families as custodians(if we maintain the current model where government is involved with family welfare)?  Or perhaps we just move to this Libertarian style governance over family affairs where anything goes and children are more or less property of parents similar to the Roman "patria" potestas model.

What would you ask Archbishop Jerome Listecki?

Annysa asks, send questions to her or join her.


Bishops from WI, IL, IN gather at Mundelein for retreat

Abp. Listecki's weekly email:
There are certain moments in Sacred Scripture when Jesus separates Himself from the disciples and prays. This is a great example set by the Son of God, reminding us that everyone needs that special time with God in order to listen to what He wants from him or her in this life. Jesus was listening to the Father as the obedient Son.

The Church, in her wisdom, demands that all priests and bishops attend a yearly retreat – it’s a requirement of office. It’s meant to make sure that the individual doesn’t get so caught up in the doing of things that they forget the person (Jesus) for whom they are doing these things. A retreat sounds somewhat like surrender, but in the real sense, it’s a regrouping, marshalling the forces and regenerating energies so that all resources might be maximized for the best and most effective use possible.

Prayer is power. It acknowledges our relationship with God. It affirms His love for us and witnesses our love for Him. During the most difficult situations that we encounter, we are not alone. God is with us.

More than 25 bishops are gathering this week at the Cardinal Stritch retreat house in Mundelein, Ill. on retreat. We will be led by Milwaukeean Father James Kubicki, S.J., of the Apostleship of Prayer. Dedicated to promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Father Kubicki will challenge the hearts of the Bishops from Region VII (Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana). Scripture tells us: “If today you hear his voice harden not your hearts.” We will pray that God inspire us to do His will as leaders of His local Church.

I will be offering my prayers in particular for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and for you, the generous readers of this “Love One Another” (LOA). Please pray for me. May our prayers strengthen us in our resolve to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Women of Christ conference set for Nov 1


Pres Obama Sent No Representative to Memorial Mass for Executed Journalist James Foley

President Barack Obama sent no White House representative to the memorial Mass held yesterday in Rochester, New Hampshire, for James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists.

President Obama, however, did send three White House aides to Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American fatally shot in an encounter with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

The memorial mass for James Foley took place Sunday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Foley’s hometown. Connie Hammond, an administrative assistant at Holy Rosary, told that no White House officials were in attendance.

“There was nobody that represented the White House,” Hammond said, adding that all of the dignitaries in attendance called ahead except for one and that all of them sat together.

Tom Bebbington, director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, told that the officials in attendance at the Mass included New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D.), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R.-N.H.) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D.-N.H), and Rep. Ann Kuster (D.-N.H.).

Bebbington confirmed that no White House officials were present.

Pope Francis sent his condolences to the Foley family in a letter that was read during the Mass.
continue at cns 

Cardinal Burke on Canon Law and the New Evangelization

Monday, August 25, 2014

Around ArchMil - weeks of August 11th and 18th

From the Chancery

Saints, Fascinating Figures, and World Crises, by Archbishop Listecki, Our Faith blog

The Lord's Prayer, and Faithful Fasting, Catholic ID videos at YouTube

Vatican II Awards. "On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 15 individuals will receive the Archbishop’s Vatican II Award for Distinguished Service for outstanding contributions to the Church and society."

In the Milwaukee Catholic Herald

Parish janitors: Helping hands, ready tools, Herald of Hope column by Bishop Richard J. Sklba. "They ... know the location of all the keys..."

Alive 'n' Kickin' plans to roll despite setbacks, by Karen Mahoney, on Greg Gesch. "The Wauwatosa resident and director of Alive ‘n’ Kickin’, a mobile ultrasound ministry, is more concerned that the mobile crisis pregnancy clinic is not on the road than he is about his health crisis."

Grandma's statue finds home in Wisconsin chapel, by Patricia Kasten. the replica statue of 'Our Lady of Loucim', "an image of Mary dating to 1400 in Bohemia", belonged to Lee Thompson, of Mother of Good Counsel Parish, Milwaukee. Frank Lax, a Bohemian immigrant, built the chapel alongside a rural road near St. Nazianz, Wisconsin, in 1875.

43 years later, my second retreat, by Brian T. Olszewski. (Sounds circumstantially like he's returned to the scene of a mandatory Catholic high school retreat.)

Ten Secrets to Happiness, column by Ron Rolheiser, OMI. "In presenting these, I will be faithful to his [Pope Francis's] captions but, because his commentary on each one was rather lengthy, I will risk synthesizing his central point in my own words..."

Among the Parishes and Schools

Marquette changes Foley memorial to Tuesday, by Annysa Johnson, FaithWatch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The vigil will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Chapel of the Holy Family on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave."

Remembering Fr. Vic Capriolo, by Steve Wideman, Milwaukee Catholic Herald (Holy Family Church, Fond du Lac)

Good Shepherd mourns murder in sister parish of El Salvador, by Annysa Johnson, FaithWatch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Although the motive is unclear, some said he had been speaking out against the local gangs that have terrorized nearby communities, said Chuck Koenings, who chairs Good Shepherd's Ellacuria El Salvador Committee."

P.S. At No Spin Homilies, Father Dan Volkert's for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary time

Lay Organizations

Bishop Robert C. Morlino to receive Msgr. Popek Award, October 19, 2014, Milwaukee Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Wis.)

Archdiocese, sex abuse victims heading to mediation — again, by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Order for Appearance at Mediation "At St. Paul, Minnesota ... September 8 to 9, 2014, commencing at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014."