Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Creative Minority Report
Whomever put this boy up to this should to be ashamed of themselves.
Prosecutors call the boy's claims 'unlikely.'also: Archbishop Nienstedt cleared and back on the job!
When Archbishop Nienstedt stepped down to be cleared of this allegation, I wondered at the precedent. I still do. But in his particular case, I cannot imagine he could have handled it better. He volunteered to step down and has now been cleared. He has been the very model of accountability and transparency. May God bless him.
[The Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
Archbishop John Nienstedt will return to full duties in the Catholic Church after the Ramsey County attorney’s office found insufficient evidence to support what it called an “unlikely” allegation that he touched a boy’s buttocks after a confirmation ceremony in 2009.
The office began reviewing reports and evidence provided by police in late December and on Tuesday announced that the investigation didn’t support the filing of criminal charges.
Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Richard Dusterhoft, the office’s criminal division director, said in a memo that the scenario described in the allegation “seems unlikely.” The allegation accused the archbishop of using a public moment after the confirmation to “sexually touch a random boy openly in front of another clergy member, a deacon, and numerous other confirmands while the confirmands’ family members were preparing to document the moment’’ with photos, Dusterhoft wrote.
“This case was reviewed by an assistant county attorney with many years of experience prosecuting child sex abuse cases,” Dusterhoft’s memo said. “It is that attorney’s experienced and considered opinion that based upon the evidence as presented by police this case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and should not be charged.”
Whomever put this boy up to this should to be ashamed of themselves.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Thursday March 6 and set to go into effect on Friday March 7, the City of Madison buffer zone ordinance is now in a state of limbo. The Madison Vigil for Life federal lawsuit, seeking an emergency injunction against the new law, was filed by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys the day after the Madison Common Council passed the ordinance on February 25. Although a temporary restraining order was denied by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley, Alderwoman Lisa Subeck (the sponsor of the ordinance and former NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin director) filed a “motion for reconsideration” at the March 4th city council meeting. This motion to reconsider, to be voted on at the March 18 council meeting, suspends the effect of the ordinance.
The City's "Buffer Zone" ordinance creates bubble areas 320-feet wide in diameter around every entrance of every building in Madison that happens to have a physician's office, clinic or hospital inside. In each bubble no person may "approach" within eight feet of another person to leaflet, educate, display a sign, protest or counsel passersby. The lawsuit alleges that offices used by physicians create bubbles around hundreds of locations, including the Student Government's office building on University and East Campus Mall, on State Street, on Capital Square, and on sidewalks outside UW campus' Medical Sciences buildings and the Wisconsin Primate Research Center. According to Gwen Finnegan, director of Madison Vigil for Life, "No City can create a gag rule banning leafleting on miles of public sidewalks in places like campus, State Street and Capital Square, just to drive its brazen pro-abortion agenda against peaceful people who offer women compassionate choices outside of abortion facilities."
It is painfully clear that the Madison Common Council overreached with this massively broad ordinance that drowns the whole city in anti-free speech bubbles. Alderwoman Subeck is obviously scaling back this ill-conceived law. But as the City of Madison bumbles, pro-life sidewalk counselors can continue their lifesaving work unfettered by an unconstitutional restriction on free-speech. We praise God for that!
[...]On the weekend following the whole kerfuffle, Deacon Sandy gave a homily at Good Shepherd. The homily includes copious use of visual aids courtesy of the the projectors on screens, projectors that cost thousands even though Deacon Sandy claimed the parish is so impoverished that they cannot afford kneelers.continue at Creative Minority Report
Later on in the homily, Deacon Sandy Sites talks about how we worry about having nice things. To illustrate the point he puts up a slide with many designer labels.
"We are extremely concerned as a society about the labels on our clothes and the brand, because we're worried about what people will think about us. Aren't we? For guys it might be Brooks Brothers, it might be Versace. Ladies, it might be Prada or it might be Coach...But we worry about that. And these are the kinds of thing God is saying, "Don't worry about it." Here is how bad it gets in our Church."
Then Deacon Sandy puts up a picture of Pope Benedict in his red Prada shoes.**[In case you didn't hear, they weren't Pradas]
And again, the victim here Deacon Sandy responds:
I have to share with you Patrick that the instances over the past several weeks have been very painful and hurtful. I wish you and others who read in CMR no ill will and respect the good intent of what you do. I do not ask that you or anyone else agree with me – what is troubling is the dark nature of the commentary, and the accusatory, divisive and judgmental tone.Seems like it's straight out of a Call to Action meeting or something.
Thanks to Ben for keeping this magic alive! :)
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland contends that a prominent Catholic priest played an “outsized role” in the state medical board’s decision to ban use of a telemedicine system for providing abortion pills.continue at Des Moines Register
Planned Parenthood’s complaint is aimed at Msgr. Frank Bognanno, who has been a member of the Iowa Board of Medicine since 2012. Bognanno, who has been an outspoken abortion opponent, took part in an 8-2 board vote last August to bar doctors from using Planned Parenthood’s video-conferencing system to dispense abortion pills to women in outlying clinics.
The medical board’s ruling is on hold while Planned Parenthood pursues a lawsuit in Polk County District Court. Planned Parenthood recently filed hundreds of pages of supporting documents in court. The information includes the allegation about Bognanno’s role.
Planned Parenthood said that a few weeks before last year’s board vote, Bognanno sent other board members dozens of pages of materials collected by anti-abortion groups.
A well written article.
Kilimanjaro-climbing Iowa priest nominated to medical board
Climb every mountain: a priest’s journey up Kilimanjaro
Last Tuesday, March 4, sidewalk counselors outside the Planned Parenthood in Madison witnessed a wounded woman being taken from the clinic to an ambulance. Fortunately, the mother was alive this time, but her condition is unknown.Pro-Life Wisconsin
The very next day, another woman was again rushed from the clinic to an ambulance. This time, a fire truck was present as well. "We witnessed a fire truck arrive, men run in with equipment, then an ambulance with more people and bags going in," a witness said. "They were in quite a while then finally brought out a girl wrapped completely and strapped to a gurney."
On both occasions, a Brinks truck arrived to pick up cash from Planned Parenthood shortly after the ambulances left with the wounded mothers. What a tragic irony.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Chicago, Ill., Mar 7, 2014 / 11:13 am (CNA).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago told his archdiocese that Lent finds him in “poor health” as cancer in his right kidney that was dormant for over a year is “showing signs of new activity.”continue at CNA
“While I am not experiencing symptoms of cancer at this time, this is a difficult form of the disease, and it will most probably eventually be the cause of my death,” he wrote in his most recent column for the Catholic New World archdiocesan paper.
Cardinal George said that after “many tests, scans, biopsies and other inconveniences,” he was advised to enter into an aggressive round of chemotherapy which will take place over the next two months.
“As I prepare for this next round of chemo, I ask for your prayers, which have always sustained me, and for your understanding if I cannot always fulfill the schedule already set for the next several months.”
In his column, Cardinal George also said “I imagine this news will increase speculation about my retirement.” However, the “only certainty is that no one knows when that will be, except perhaps the Holy Father, and he hasn't told me.”
continue at Renew America
It's essentially a cold case now, even if the police are reluctant to say so. I've been following and writing about the case for the past several years, and, to my knowledge, there haven't been any significant developments in the investigation as of late. Still, I did recently find out a bit of interesting information that I hadn't heard before.
More about that later.
For a past column, I had asked two individuals who were friends and supporters of Father Kunz – Catholic attorney Peter Kelly and Catholic businessman Chuck Weigel – to contribute their fond memories of the priest. Those reflections are worth reprinting.
Peter Kelly wrote:
There are a number of points that I recall about Father Kunz. They all deal with his pastoral style which people might characterize as true 'servant leadership.' It was that – and so much more.
Father did not have a great deal of financial resources upon which to draw to support his school and his teaching staff. Still, he tried to do what he could to help make life a little easier for his underpaid teachers. One 'fringe benefit' that his teachers received from their boss was free auto repair. As a Wisconsin farm boy, he was as good with a wrench as he was with his traditional Catholic theology.