Open house at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau Sept 9-10

Cardinal Cupich emails to Mayor Rahm Emanuel supporting private school vouchers not subject to fines

Last week, the latest batch of emails released by City Hall showed Emanuel warning at least two powerful people about the line they were about to cross.

But after reading those emails closely Conlon said he does not believe that any of them warrant investigation.

They included: a real estate magnate seeking a curb cut to accommodate the church he was renovating into a private home; a longtime mayoral friend seeking an entree for a neighbor who owned a renewable energy firm interested in retrofitting city buildings and Cardinal Blase Cupich, who wanted to discuss his support for private school vouchers.

On Wednesday, Conlon argued that Cupich “speaks for a non-profit,” and is, therefore exempt from lobbying requirements. So is Gary E.W. Rossi, director of real estate for the Marmon Group LLC, who was renovating a Cabrini Green church “for his own benefit.”
Chicago Sun Times: Lobbyist registrations surge after fines tied to Emanuel emails

Bishop Morlino: Use of Surrogate Mothers to Produce Children is a 'Moral Evil'

Because a surrogacy business opened in Waterloo, Wisc., the Catholic bishop of Madison, Robert Morlino, held a talk at a local parish to explain why surrogate motherhood, along with artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization, is wrong and constitutes a "moral evil."

In early 2016, the Pink & Blue Surrogacy and Fertility business opened on the main street in Waterloo, Wisc. The agency works with "straight couples, gay couples and single parents." It charges a "non-refundable" fee of $15,000 for arranging the surrogacy. If an abortion is necessary, it costs extra. The fees for the surrogate mother, which are separate, may range from $75,000 to $125,000.
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Milwaukee Chesterton Academy hosts: How To Evaluate Catholic Education series; Patrick Reilly Sept 15

Yes, I'm back in the "office."

Pray for clear skies

At Mass this morning there were a lot of visitors, from as far away as New York and Louisiana.

That's because it was Mass at St. Pius X Church in Calvert City, Kentucky, where we joined the parishioners along with other visitors to the area for tomorrow's eclipse.

I should have a checklist for describing Masses when visiting parishes. For example, opened with a) Sign of the Cross; b) discount retail greeting; or c) news, weather, and sports. Or, Lamb of God a) by the book; b) custom middle verse; or c) marathon. Any thoughts? [This morning's Mass here a) and a).]

On Badger Catholic Twitter Matt asks, "Where do procrastinators get eclipse glasses?" I've got plenty. Viewed the sun through a pair today. Looks like a little glowing yellow disk.

Knights of Columbus get rid of swords: UPDATE, KC national twitter "We are keeping the sword ⚔️"

I'm a Knight for almost 20 years now, 3rd degree.  ... I'll try not to say anything rash but let's just say I'm disappointed.  I had planned on eventually moving to 4th degree.... but I'm not now.

Changing of the guard: Knights of Columbus makes dramatic change in uniform

Update, yes swords are out:

Update2: My dear Scripture Cherry Pickers:

"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; 
I have not come to bring peace, but the sword." 

- Jesus Christ

Just ran across this tweet:

Light posting

I know.  It's depressing but I'm sure you can all manage without me for a bit.  Trying to wrap up some stuff and then on to a good old fashioned Wisconsin road trip for the next couple weeks.  Perhaps there are a few conspiratorial meet ups along the way, perhaps not.  Who knew establishing a Catholic monarchy was so much work!

Watch the host of ‘Racine & Me’ draw a county-by-county map of Wisconsin in 3 minutes

When we last left Jacob Kittilstad—a.k.a. the host of public affairs show Racine & Me—he was getting a little emotional over a new Racine & Me theme song written and performed by Juiceboxxx. Now that the tears have dried and the new theme song is indeed slated to replace the old theme song, Kittilstad is in a festive mood. In a segment with the organizers of the third annual Racine’s Got Talent competition, Kittilstad shows off his own talent: drawing a county-by-county map of the state of Wisconsin in less than three minutes.
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Ignatius vs Luther

Statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola stepping on Martin Luther. Ora pro nobis!

Not the two Corinthians

Craig Gilbert's report that 'Reince Priebus, former Wisconsin GOP leader, out as White House chief of staff' at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also included a status report on biblical illiteracy.
"Speculation has been rampant for weeks about the departure of Priebus. ...

"But that speculation spiked with Trump’s decision to hire as his new communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who proceeded to wage a war of words against Priebus, culminating in a profane screed published by the New Yorker.

"In that article, Scaramucci was quoted as calling Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic” (with a certain profanity attached). In another interview, he said he and Priebus were like Cain and Abel, the brothers in the Bible. (Cain murdered Abel)."

Wisconsin-Notre Dame football series at Soldier Field and Lambeau Field appears imminent

CHICAGO – The idea of Wisconsin facing Notre Dame has intrigued Badgers fans, and several years ago school officials began looking at a potential matchup.

Nothing came to fruition, but Monday both UW head coach Paul Chryst at Big Ten media day and Packers President Mark Murphy at the shareholders meeting in Green Bay confirmed a Chicago Tribune report that discussions are again being held.

The series would be held at Lambeau Field and Soldier Field, and Murphy said he expects an announcement soon.
continue at JS

I suspect I will be making several wagers on these games....  I wish there was a way to bet on which team has more practicing Catholics.


Planned Parenthood Closing in Sheboygan - Prayers Answered!

By Dan Miller of Pro-Life Wisconsin 

According to a My Sheboygan article, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced their plans to close their Sheboygan office.

The closure will take effect on Thursday, August 17th, 2017, the article states.

Here’s how I see what happened. In 2014, the faithful of the Sheboygan area gathered to pray outside this facility with 40 Days for Life. They took their pro-life convictions and exercised their First Amendment free speech rights in a public forum.

The prayer spurred the community to action. Not long after the 40 Days for Life campaign, the pro-life community of Sheboygan identified a building out of which they could operate a pregnancy resource center. That building is now the home of Anchor of Hope Health Center, located at 703 N 9th Street in Sheboygan – just 1.3 miles away from Planned Parenthood’s soon to be vacated office. Prayer and action.

I spoke with Anchor of Hope Health Center’s Executive Director, Jacky Drewry, about the good news. “It really reminds me of Romans 2:6-7 - Who will render to every man according to his works. To them indeed, who according to patience in good work, seek glory and honor and incorruption, eternal life.” Drewry continued, “It’s so humbling. We walk on the shoulders of those that have gone before us. Their prayers – our prayers, have been answered.”

Drewry mentioned the providence of all of it. “We have expanded our services to include STI testing & treatment, with a formal announcement to the public of a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on August 8th along with an open house. We know this means we will be busier than ever.”

Anchor of Hope Health Center offers the following services free of charge in complete confidentiality: pregnancy screening, ultrasound imaging, STI testing & treatment, abortion recovery, parenting classes and many other life affirming services.

To learn more about Anchor of Hope Health Center – please visit

Meanwhile in Madison

MkeCH remembers "controversial" Milwaukee priest Fr. James Groppi

Inspired by events in other parts of the country, members of the black community and civic and church leaders began to advocate for change. Among these was Fr. James Groppi, a controversial Milwaukee priest who was at the forefront of the city’s struggle for equal rights.

Born in Chicago in 1930, Fr. Groppi and his family soon moved to Milwaukee. He was baptized at Our Lady of Pompeii Church (once located in the “Third Ward”) and later attended Immaculate Conception Church (1023 E. Russell Ave.). As a teenager, Groppi began attending the Capuchins’ St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary. It was through the influence of the Capuchins that he began to become aware of the plight of the poor.
full article at MkeCH

The Wisconsin Historical Society profiled him back in 2011.  That was the first I learned about Groppi and some of his.... quirks.

The Disqus comment plugin apparently does not fully support Blogger anymore(too bad, I'd pay if it were worthwhile), so I'm working on switching back.   After posting the 2011 article some of the commenters chimed in with stories about Groppi.  Here's one example:
The news cameras were always on him in those turbulent days. One of the tv cameramen was an Italian Catholic who was assigned to follow Groppi and his busload of louts. I personally viewed the footage that, of course, never made the 10 o'clock news. Groppi had a "thing" for black women which, I believe, is another reason he enjoyed his work. He once taunted the Italian cameraman with one of his arms slung over the shoulder of a black woman and fondled her breast. "This is my Virgin Mary," Groppi arrogantly told the shocked cameraman. And he knew that such scenes would remain on the cutting room floor because he knew the media would shield him from the more sordid aspects of his life. In his sexual appetites he is very much like Martin Luther King, another leader who enjoyed the squalid fruits of celebrity.

He ended up suspended (I believe eventually defrocked) and wound up his days a bus driver for the Milwaukee County Transit System. There was a famous true story about a little old lady hobbling onto a bus one day, looking up at the driver and recognizing him as Groppi. Her words to him were to the point: "I hope," she said, "that you are a better bus driver than you were a priest."

RR Reno commentary in the NCRegister on Spadaro attack, best response to date

When I read the Fr. Spadaro attack piece, I immediate thought the target was First Things and not Church Militant which is mentioned by name.  Fr. John Neuhaus accomplished quite unexpectedly the ecumenicism that Vatican II called for except not in the way the liberals have perverted the concept to mean.  Indeed, out of the many replies to Spadaro, the best titled was Antonio Spadaro has discovered a brand of Protestantism he doesn’t like.  First Things is the bane of liberal Catholicism.  I'm finishing up Douthat's Bad Religion, which to put briefly is a must read which I hope to expand upon at some point.  Douthat's touches on Neuhaus and gives context to what the whole First Things movement meant.   If you want to understand why people like Wuerl, O'Malley, and now Cupich etc pursue a hermeneutics of rupture, this book gives some the most meaningful insights into the liberal Christian mind that I've ever read.  To sum it up it's basically the anti-First Things.

There may now be a recognition for the NCRegisters and First Things of the world that there is no way to avoid the foray.  As much as I'd like to dream that it's just the media's Pope Francis problem, I can't find a way to reconcile that with what is actually going on; like the destruction of the Pontifical Academy for Life.  This doesn't mean I'm bent on despair or apostasy, I just pray and fast (not as much as I ought), and try live my little peasant life as best I can with the time I've been given. 

... That''s the long winded way of saying that RR Reno's reply is the best to date.
COMMENTARY: The essay’s rhetoric of ‘inclusion’ and accusations of ‘fundamentalism’ immediately taint it with an aggressive cultural progressivism.

I was surprised by a recent piece of extended commentary in La Civiltà Cattolica, the Jesuit newspaper that functions as a quasi-official mouthpiece for the Vatican.

Written by the editor-in-chief, Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, and Argentinean edition editor Rev. Marcelo Figueroa, “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A surprising ecumenism” is a collection of uninformed assertions spiced with malice. It argues that Protestant and Catholic support for American conservatism amounts to an “ecumenism of hate.”

It’s hard to take this seriously. Father Spadaro and Figueroa seem to know very little about the history of religion and politics in the United States. For instance, they say “religion has had a more incisive role in the electoral process and government decisions over recent decades, especially in some U.S. governments.” This is wrong. The great reform movements in our history — abolition, prohibition and Civil Rights — have been motivated and articulated in explicitly Christian terms. Princes of the Church, such as Cardinals Mundelein and Spellman, were frequent guests at Franklin Roosevelt’s White House.
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Jaw dropping new video of St. Stanislaus in Milwaukee

St. Stanislaus Tour from Cream City Catholic on Vimeo.

details at Cream City Catholic

EF Mass in Detroit for Beatification of Ven. Solanus Casey July 23

There will be a special High Mass in the Extraordinary Form in honor of the beatification of Ven. Solanus Casey this Sunday, July 23, at 2:00 pm at one of Detroit’s grandest historic churches, Most Holy Redeemer. The celebrant will be Fr Ben Luedtke, locally known for his preaching and retreats; a reception will follow the Mass in the parish hall. The church is located at 1721 Junction Street.
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Satanic monument in city park a really bad idea, Minn. Catholics say

St. Paul, Minn., Jul 18, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A proposed Satanic monument in a city-run veterans’ park has drawn strong opposition from Catholics in Minnesota, who have led prayer rallies and spoken before the Belle Plaine City Council.

Susie Collins was among the attendees of a rosary rally in Belle Plaine’s Veterans Memorial Park to oppose the monument. She told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the monument “is not the message of life and love, it is the message of death and decay.” Other critics of the monument waved signs urging passersby to reject Satan. Several dozen people attended the rally, in a city with a population of about 7,000.

The Satanic Temple, based in Salem, Mass., had proposed to place its own monument in the city park. The monument, a black cube inscribed with pentagrams with an upside-down soldier’s helmet on top, was approved by the city. In May city officials said that the application for the monument met the criteria of city policy. It has not yet been installed.
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