Friday, October 24, 2014

Fanatic Friday: I and Love and You edition

I tried not to Avett but it happened.

Cardinal Burke and the 1998 conversion of one of "Wisconsin’s most outspoken gay activists"

Recently we posted a story that has circulated on the internet about Cardinal Burke and the conversion of an active homosexualist.

Thanks to a gracious commenter, I found the true story of the gay activist's conversion.
You can read the story "Coming Out of Sodom" by Eric Hess in Celebrate Life Magazine 2011-09-29
The story is from 2011 but the actual conversion happened in 1998 in the La Crosse Diocese.  There may be other stories like this one but this seems to match the details of the original.

I would recommend reading the whole thing, I'll highlight a few details.
From 1990 to 1994, I went to Mass off and on. In 1995, I told my “partner” that I couldn’t go anymore because I was very angry with the Church. I boxed up all my crucifixes and Bibles and dropped them off at the office of the bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin with a letter renouncing the Catholic faith.

To my surprise, Bishop Raymond Burke replied with a kind letter expressing his sadness. He wrote that he would respect my decision and notify the parish where I had been baptized. Ever so gently, Bishop Burke said that he would pray for me and look forward to the time when I would reconcile with the Church.

As one of Wisconsin’s most outspoken “gay” activists, I thought, “What arrogance!” Then I replied to Bishop Burke with a letter accusing him of harassment. I told him that his letters were unwelcome and I asked how he could dare to write to me.

My efforts failed to put him off. Bishop Burke sent one more letter assuring me that he wouldn’t write again—but if I should want to reconcile with the Church, he would welcome me back with open arms.
A month after my reconciliation to God and the Church, I went to Bishop Burke’s office, where he embraced me. He asked if I remembered the belongings I had turned over to him with my letter of renunciation. Of course I remembered and Bishop Burke had saved them in the diocesan archives because he believed that I would return.
The full story is just as amazing.  Unfortunately, we find in this story that same spirit that pervades even Catholic institutions in the West.
Despite the blessing of Archbishop Burke and priests like him, I want to stress that there are others who lead souls away from eternal life and happiness.

For example, when I recently went to confession, a priest told me something that is both a contradistinction from and a contradiction of the truth that Archbishop Burke taught me.

The apostate priest told me: You’re gay and the Church calls us to accept our sexuality. I am an ethicist—a scholar. And the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is very close to this position[! I don't think that is necessarily true]—and this is the position—am I going too fast for you? If you are attracted to members of the same sex, that is natural for you. And for you to deny that and resist that is to go against natural law. I believe, as an ethicist, that you can have a male roommate and be intimate—of course without genital expression. But if you do slip in that regard, it would not be a mortal sin.
What a terrible end to such a beautiful story!  We should remember that when speaking with people who suffer from same sex attraction.  Is there any group of people that is any more lied to than "gay" people?  I know "gay" people who don't believe in civil "gay" marriage.  But they cannot talk like that, they are even more viciously attacked by the homosexualists than ordinary Christians are!

Like Pope Francis, Cardinal Burke is one to reach out to common people.  I won't dive into it now, but for those who think that "Cardinal Burke lives in an ivory tower" say that because you "know people like him" not because you know him.  There are hundreds of stories like this which exhibit his loving pastoral approach. I would recommend learning a little more about him before condemning the man.


Halloween prayer vigil at Wisconsin Rapids cemetery Oct 31st

HT Cheryl

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A good time to make those Wisconsin pilgrimages

courtesy of Edward Jones

Or how about this one from Holy Hill

photo: Fran Kerrigan

On a similar note, today The Badger Catholic blog turns 5 years old.  Man, 5 years, can you believe that?  What is wrong with me?  Why can't I stop?  Hahaha!  I guess because of photos like these.

Just for fun I went and found Terry Nelson's first post in 2006.  And our own Terry Berres has been doing this "since March 24, 1996."  Father Z himself since 2005.  I guess better late than never.

St. John Capistrano, ora pro nobis!

Milwaukee priest's Irish tap dance duel goes viral

A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.

The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary up the hill from the Vatican.

Rider warmed up the crowd with a lively tap-dance routine, only to be pushed aside by Gibson’s fast-footed Irish dance. Soon they were battling it out, trying to impress the crowd.
continue at Crux

The Mke Catholic Herald did a nice feature on Fr. John Gibson - it indicates he was ordained May 17th of this year.

Pontifical North American College seminarian John Gibson of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee competes in the Clericus Cup against the Pontifical College of St. Paul in Rome Feb. 27, 2010.
 A tidbit:
A 2004 graduate of Shorewood High School, Deacon Gibson recalled as a boy being impressed by the liturgy, the beauty of the Mass and church buildings and the smell of incense.

“I also remember having a deep reverence for the mystery of God, which was instilled in me by my parents, thanks be to God,” Deacon Gibson said. “I can say now the seeds of a vocation to the priesthood were there from my earliest days; however, I never considered myself to be overtly religious. As time went on, my faith became a little stale.”

St. Norbert College to Host Radical & Notorious Pro-Abort Gloria Steinem

While dedicated pro-lifers work to save babies, St. Norbert College will be doing something oddly different: welcoming radical pro-abortionist Gloria Steinem to speak on campus. The talk is scheduled next semester on April 21, 2015, according to a news release issued by the college.

Every pro-lifer should sign this peaceful protest today

Given that St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin is a Catholic institution, the invitation is causing confusion and scandal. Pro-life students and alumni are deeply troubled by the decision which, if not canceled, will give a Catholic platform to a notorious activist who publically promotes the killing of innocent children.

Gloria Steinem and abortion: In a 2011 interview with Abortion Review, she boasted about her own abortion at age 22, saying: " felt positive."

“It [abortion] is supposed to make us a bad person. But I must say, I never felt that. I used to sit and try and figure out how old the child would be, trying to make myself feel guilty. But I never could! I think the person who said: ‘Honey, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament’ was right."
continue at TFP Student Action

I think it could be said that St. Norbert's is the least Catholic out of the in state colleges.  

Green Bay parish sips locally made sacred altar wine

The most surprising thing about Mona Rose Winery, which opened last December in Ashwaubenon, is that owner and winemaker Craig Fletcher has been asked to make the altar wine for his church.

So, beginning in the next month or two, if you take Communion at the Nativity of Our Lord Parish on Oneida St. in Green Bay, you'll be blessed with a local wine on your lips.

Fletcher's regular, everyday wines were poured earlier this year at a spaghetti supper celebrating this Catholic church's 50th anniversary.

And that's when Father John (Jack) Harper asked Fletcher if he would be willing to produce sacramental wine for the church.

"I'm very excited about this prospect," the priest said in a recent phone conversation. "Craig Fletcher is a trustee of the parish and a disabled American veteran — I wanted to do everything I could to support him and help him succeed."
continue at JS 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More on the Hubertus Haunted House

Jim Stingl of the JS took a tour of the Hubertus Haunted House.  Worth reading the full thing there.
Knowing there's a lot of competition for your spook house dollars, I guess I expected more Freddy Krueger or chain-saw-type mayhem and the resulting bloody body parts. I'm told it's been tamed down a bit this year.

"We do this without all the blood and guts people assume need to be in a haunted house," said Lynda DuPuy, a longtime core-group volunteer, member of the parish, and mother of two daughters who attended the school.

In that case, the attraction might want to change its website, which includes this blurb from a 2012 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review: "The bathroom scene might be one of the goriest of all the haunts."

DuPuy said repeatedly she's not bashing the archdiocese or speaking for the school, but she wishes the archdiocese would reconsider the decision to close the House of Horror. She and other volunteers met with Hying in March to present their case along with testimonials from satisfied customers, but it didn't seem to help.

The letter from Hying said the last straw was a video produced to promote the haunted house last year, which included scenes filmed in the actual church cemetery as well as murder, decapitation and cannibalism.

That video was outsourced, and it was a mistake, DuPuy admits. It was long ago taken down from YouTube.

The letter also mentions demonic images and inappropriate sexuality there in past years. DuPuy said none of that was presented.
full article at JS

I think it's possible to have a scary "haunted house" without murder, decapitation, and cannibalism.   Some of those crimes go on in this world and should not be depicted lightly.  Gore is for folks who just aren't very good scarers.

FatherZ: The Bovine Option

Father Z is in Rome.  Strolling through some Roman shops, he noticed an interesting pattern for vestments...
Then there was the Bovine Option. It is for Wisconsin, after all.

St. John Paul the Great, ora pro nobis!

It has been traditional to celebrate saints' feast days on the anniversary of their deaths, but those of John Paul II (22 October) and John XXIII are celebrated on the anniversaries of their papal inauguration. - wiki



Can I punt?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UW St. Paul's receives $5 million donation from Milwaukee benefactor

With great jubilation and gratitude I am delighted to share that the Christ the Cornerstone Campaign to build the new St. Paul Chapel & Student Center just received a $5 million commitment from a Milwaukee area benefactor!

Such an astonishing gift brings the total raised to $17.58mm out of the$24mm campaign goal, just shy of 75% completed.

This continued campaign success displays the increasingly high level of commitment being invested and which is necessary for the future mission of St. Paul's at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We need your support now more than ever! We are less than $6.5mm away from building a new Catholic chapel & student center on campus that will last well over 100 years to serve young people from all over the country and world.

Thank you for all of your support to get us to this point and now let us press forward with faith and confidence to finish this campaign and build a new home for thousands of students for generations to come.
UW Catholic