Catholicism, authority and desire

In "Mad virgins and Don Juans" Rupert Shortt reviews In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, homosexuality, hypocrisy, by Frédéric Martel, translated by Shaun Whiteside, at The Times Literary Supplement.

"Over the past century the Catholic Church has done more than any other institution to demonstrate the abiding relevance of biblical and classical principles of justice and charity: its records on debt remission, conscientious consumption habits, the environment, and socially responsible uses of technology speak for themselves. There is therefore much to lament about the retreat of Christianity across Europe."

It seems Benedictines of Mary consider the move to Madison to be cancelled

Plans moved forward toward Madison, but when Bishop Morlino suddenly and unexpectedly passed to eternity, our foundational compass turned south again. We remain very grateful to the Diocese of Madison for all they had done in preparation for the cancelled move, and if our welcome is still extant when we are again ready to make a foundation, we will happily resume plans to go north, according to God’s will!
Benedictines of Mary Spring Newsletter

There's couple ways this could be read, perhaps they simply are waiting to see if Bishop Hying extends the same offer once he is installed as bishop, or the mention "when we are again ready to make a foundation" which seems to indicate they may be making other plans? 

A good blogger would reach out to a few people to get the scoop, but as you are aware I am not a good blogger, at least until I get some more free time.  If this does come to fruition, it would be an incredible addition to our state.  We need, *need* more women religious of many different focuses and missions all with Jesus Christ at their heart.  I'm still hoping God answers my prayers for an order of women religious medical professionals.

Ok so I'm told that the move is cancelled, the sisters chose a small town in Missouri instead of Madison
I hope this one will do: on April 28, Divine Mercy Sunday and the feast of our secondary patron, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, we said goodbye to the Sisters setting out to begin our first daughter house! When the search for our first foundation was on, we first headed down to a little town called Ava, Missouri, where Bishop Edward Rice met us and showed us a very large house that had become available.

Our Lady of the Broken procession May 31st in Chicago

On Friday, May 31st, thousands will walk and pray for peace in Chicago with a broken statue of the Virgin Mary.

Chicago radio personality Kevin Matthews found a statue of the Virgin Mary broken and lying by a dumpster. His life would never be the same. Now you can experience this compelling story of hope and healing.

Hear and talk by Kevin Matthews and then walk with thousands in a candlelight procession along Chicago Avenue to the Water Tower with Our Lady of the Broken as we pray for peace and healing in our lives and in our troubled city.

La Crosse Diocese's Mater Redemptoris House of Formation to close

Dear Parents and Young Girls,

Peace in Christ. I pray this finds you doing well today.

It is with sadness that I must inform you that we have to cancel the Come, Follow Days for July 1-2nd.

We were informed this past Saturday that Bishop Callahan is ending our ministry here at Mater Redemptoris House of Formation. Our last day will be June 30th. The House will now be used for the Men's Formation program called Regency.

I will be shredding all checks already received in the mail. Since our fiscal year started in July I had been holding on to them to deposit.

I do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Oh, and will you please confirm receiving this email so I know you have been informed about the cancellation of the Come, Follow Days.

THANK YOU so much for your understanding. It has truly been a joy and honor to serve you and your children these past years. We will greatly miss you!

Please keep us in your prayers!
Gratefully in Christ,
Sister M. Consolata

Mater Redemptoris House of Formation
A ministry of the Diocese of La Crosse and
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George.

This is a great order of sisters, and my daughter was just getting close to old enough to attend some of their vocation discernment events.  Then-Bishop Burke had built a building and chapel on the diocese property and brought in the Sisters of the Martyrs of St George to foster vocations for young women.  The sisters are based out of Alton, IL and serve in many locations around the US.  I don't know any details other than the email.  There are very few orders of women religious in the area with solid formation and a realistic future in the Church.  I can only hope this means perhaps another order will be brought in to fill this serious need in the La Crosse Diocese.

The new men's program sounds interesting; this is the first I've heard of it.

Historic Everest Inn in Wausau to become new home to Sister Adorers

Lori Torkko, left, with The Rev. Canon Aaron Huberfeld, center, and Dave Torkko, right, in front of a wall in the entrance hall at the Everest Inn. Guests signed their name on the wall so the Torkkos could preserve the memories. (Photo: Megan Stringer/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin) 
WAUSAU - As guests plan their final visit to the historic Everest Inn before it closes at the end of the month, St. Mary's Catholic Church is preparing plans to convert the bed and breakfast into a home for nuns.

The Rev. Canon Aaron Huberfeld, head priest at St. Mary's, announced Monday evening that the church will buy the Everest Inn and it will become a convent. He made the announcement at the Everest Inn during a potluck dinner with some of the current owners' friends.

The sale will be final on May 30. The last evening for visitors to stay at the inn is May 29.
The church also has historic roots in Wausau. A house on McIndoe Street was the location of the first Catholic Mass in Wausau around 1850 or so, Huberfeld said.

St. Mary's opened its church on Grand Avenue in 1892, he said. It was destroyed by a fire in 1953 and later renovated. The current religious order — the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, of which Huberfeld is a member — has been at St. Mary's since 2003.

Huberfeld anticipates that neighbors will see the sisters around McIndoe Street and at St. Mary's, but they will of course be quiet neighbors, he said. The women will be an active part of the community at St. Mary's and will find charitable work in which to participate..
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JS: The Seton network vowed to transform Catholic education in Milwaukee. Four years later, troubles mount

When the Archdiocese of Milwaukee launched its Seton Catholic Schools network in the fall of 2015, it vowed it would transform Catholic education in southeastern Wisconsin.

The experience at Prince of Peace isn't what anyone had in mind.

In the almost three years since it joined Seton, parents say, the south side elementary school has been spiraling downward.

It lost its extracurricular activities and more than a fourth of its teachers. There's no library and no playground equipment. Kids play on a grassy lot that is checked for used condoms and needles, parents say, after they complained last year. Enrollment is down. And the school dropped a grade on its latest state report card, leaving parents fretting about their children's high school prospects.

"We want to know what they're doing with the money," Prince of Peace parent Elizabeth Nolasco said of the $16 million a year Seton schools bring to the network in taxpayer-funded voucher payments alone.

"They said they would be in the community recruiting. ... There'd be more teachers. Test grades were going to go up. Report cards were going to go up. All these things were promised and nothing was fulfilled."

Nolasco is part of a group of parents threatening to pull their children from Prince of Peace unless the archdiocese allows it to secede from the network. Two other schools already have bailed — Divine Mercy in South Milwaukee and St. Matthias in West Allis — and parents and teachers elsewhere have raised similar concerns.
continue at JS

If you don't have just the web subscription to the JS, I suggest getting one, it's really reasonable. 

Retired 94 year old La Crosse priest on leave of absence after charged with sexual assault

Monsignor Bernard McGarty with the Diocese of La Crosse is charged with fourth degree sexual assault.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman reported that the 94-year-old priest approached her on a bench behind the Main Library on Saturday, May 11th.

The report also states that the victim accuses McGarty of offering her money for sex, trying to kiss her and taking her hand and putting it on his genitals.

An employee of the library was able to find the surveillance video of that day, which appears to corroborate the woman's story.

The Diocese says:

"On May 16, 2019, the Diocese of La Crosse learned of a recent situation at the La Crosse Public Library involving Msgr. Bernard McGarty, 94, a retired priest of the Diocese of La Crosse. According to diocesan policy Msgr. McGarty, from this moment forward, is on a leave of absence from public ministry while this current situation is being investigated. Due to this being an ongoing investigation, the Diocese of La Crosse has no further comment at this time."

This same priest was charged in a similar incident in 2014.

Institute's Sisters Adorers to Open First US House in the Diocese of La Crosse

via the Institute of Christ the King
Monsignor Gilles Wach, Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, is pleased to announce that the feminine branch of the Institute, the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest, will open their first religious house in the United States. With the approval and paternal blessing of His Excellency, the Most Reverend William P. Callahan, Bishop of La Crosse, this house will be located in the very diocese where the Institute began its ministry in America some twenty years ago, and which has now yielded seven vocations to the Sisters Adorers. Though the official arrival date is yet to be determined, the process will begin in the autumn of 2019 for three sisters to open this American foundation in a house in close proximity to St. Mary's Oratory, where the Institute currently exercises its apostolate in the Diocese of La Crosse.

The work of the Institute throughout the United States will now be supported in a special way by the prayer apostolate of the sisters, who consecrate their daily life of attendance at Mass, chanting of the Divine Office, and Eucharistic adoration to the sanctification of the clergy and the souls confided to them. A particular spiritual work of this convent of the sisters will be to pray daily for the Bishop, clergy and people of the Diocese of La Crosse. The sisters will also have the potential eventually to make vestments and liturgical linens and take part in faith formation activities with the small children and female youth who frequent the Oratory.

Msgr. Wach would like to express his profound gratitude to His Excellency Bishop Callahan for according this warm welcome to the Sisters Adorers in America. It is his sincere hope that the sisters' presence in Wausau will bear great fruit in the Institute's continued service in the Diocese of La Crosse and throughout the United States.
This is the best news that I've heard in years!!!!!!!!  YES!

This also comes with the approval of a bishop who came under a great deal of fire when he removed the Institute from their first USA apostolate near Cashton, WI.  Immediately after that announcement was made, many poorly informed commentators took to rashly judge those involved, Bishop Callahan now proves he is a great friend of both the Institute of Christ the King and to the traditionalist movement.  It reminds us all to pray and reflect before allowing ourselves to react rashly without fully understanding these situations we encounter online.  This is a great win for the La Crosse Diocese and a sign that the Institute of Christ the King has made a significant investment in the state of Wisconsin.

Bel Canto Chorus to honor murdered nurse during their final concert at St Josaphat Basilica

MILWAUKEE -- The Bel Canto Chorus will dedicate part of its final concert to Carlie Beaudin. She was killed outside her workplace, Froedtert Hospital, in January -- and was supposed to be part of that final concert. Bel Canto's final song will be dedicated to Beaudin.

At the Basilica of St. Josaphat, rehearsals were underway Tuesday, May 14 ahead of the concert Friday, May 17.

"It's going to be tough. She was wonderful. She was just radiant. She was sunshine. She was amazing," said Kristin McGowan.

Beaudin, 33, a Froedtert Hospital nurse practitioner, was found brutally beaten in a hospital parking structure on Jan. 25. Prosecutors said Kenneth Freeman kicked and stomped Beaudin roughly 40 times in the head and neck before ditching her body.
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Dubuque archbishop hospitalized after heart attack

Dubuque, Iowa, May 7, 2019 / 01:20 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Michael Jackels of Dubuque, Iowa was hospitalized on Friday due to a heart attack. The archbishop was taken to Mercy Hospital on the evening of May 3.

He had two stents installed in his heart, ABC affiliate KCRG-TV9 reported.

Father Nils Hernandez, pastor of Trinity Cluster, a grouping of parishes in Monona, Iowa, said the archbishop is doing well but called for prayers.

“The Archbishop is in good spirits and feeling better. He will be in the hospital for a few days,” said Nils on Facebook, relaying an email from the diocese. “Please keep him in your prayers for a full recovery.”
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Davich: Saying goodbye to a dear friend, a good man, a holy bishop — in that order

The bicycle is an older model Schwinn with flat tires and brakes in need of repair. It’s been in my garage for a couple of years now collecting more dust than miles.

Its owner asked if he could park it there after our last bike ride together, last summer.

“We’ll bike again someday,” he said with a promising smile.

I know him as Don, a close friend who I met in early 2015 when his job got transferred to Northwest Indiana from Wisconsin, where he was born and raised.

You may know him as the Most Reverend Donald Hying, the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Gary. On Nov. 10, 2014, he got a call from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, asking if he wanted to think about replacing Bishop Dale Melczek.
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Cleanup begins at St. Matthew Church in Allouez after break in arson

A broken window where investigators believe someone
broke in to start a fire at St. Matthew Church. (WBAY photo)
ALLOUEZ, Wis. (WBAY) - Investigators are praising the quick actions of local homeowners reporting information that led to a man they say is responsible for setting fires in a church and damaging two homes.

An 18-year-old man from the Green Bay area has been booked on charges of burglary, arson and criminal damage to property after the string of seemingly random crimes in Allouez just hours apart.

"We have three separate events that at the time we did not know were connected," Brown County Sheriff's Capt. Jody Lemmens said.

At 1:42 a.m., the Green Bay Metro Fire Department was called to a fire alarm at St. Matthew Catholic Church and Father Allouez School, 2575 S. Webster Ave.
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Mackenzie A. Guillen was arrested early Wednesday morning, about two hours after the Green Bay Metro Fire Department was called to a small fire at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2575 S. Webster Ave.
Man arrested on suspicion of starting Allouez church fire that burned Bible

Urban spelunking: Milwaukee Cathedral Crypt open this week for tours

As a fan of architecture and an occasional traveler to Europe and its many churches, I've seen a fair number of crypts – burial chambers beneath houses of worship – but I've never seen one quite like the crypt beneath Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St.

The crypt is open for free tours on Saturday, May 4, from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m., as part of the Milwaukee Archdiocese's 175th anniversary celebration in Cathedral Square Park.
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Beautiful aerial shots of St. Mary's in Wausau

Unionization at Marquette?

Unionization at Marquette?
Yes, the Service Employees International Union is attempting to unionize non-tenure track teachers at Marquette.

“Non-tenure track” means people who are hired on a semester by semester basis to teach one or two courses. They are paid a few thousand dollars per course. They have the title “Adjunct.”

Still More: Unionization at Marquette?
SEIU: Despite Marquette's social justice mission and a massive endowment many grad assistants and non-tenure track faculty currently are on short term contracts, receive sub-standard wages, and lack quality lack health care.
Union Goons Occupy Marquette Administration Building
The professional SEIU goons occupied parts of Zilber this afternoon and demanded the provost’s time. He agreed to meet with them. Apparently (see below) that wasn’t enough. What a surprise! Prior to their meeting(s), the pro-SEIU goons were chanting and pounding in the stairwells. The whole building was shaking. I’m sure they’re proud of that. But their point?

I had a meeting that required me to take the steps after they had moved out of the stairwell and into their meeting. Mud ALL OVER the steps. Clearly deliberate. Do they realize they just added a huge extra task to the poor cleaning crew’s duties? Do they care? Of course not.

Bishop Ricken blesses new Mother of Mercy Hall at Good Help Shrine

Photo: Sam Lucero
The photos show a simple tasteful chapel.  At what point they do decide to design a new church proper, I hope and pray that it can be done well. 

Bishop Hying, Sweet Home Wisconsin roundup

A live look at the continued celebration in Madison:


The collective exhale could be heard across the US.  The replacement for Bishop Morlino is a perfect fit.  Outside the three audacious appointments in the US (Cupich, Tobin, McElroy), it seems that Pope Francis has agreed to appoint from the recommendations delivered to him, resulting in some actually pretty boring assignments.  So sure, there's an effort to stack the college beyond the point of reason, however, many middle of nowhere US dioceses have been permitted to work unmolested.

Bishop Hying is a perfect blend of a hands on pastor and a leader faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.  However big projects loom in Madison, the Cathedral for one, or the more under the radar projects like the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles move to the diocese, which I've been told was put on hold after the death of Bishop Morlino.  I think Hying will be up to the challenge, but a great pastor also needs to be a great administrator and the legion number of fantastic projects in the Madison Diocese is a tall task.

On to the news.

It's Friday And You Are Eating A CHEESEBURGER

Happy Easter!

Also, I'm working through a roundup post on the appointment of Bishop Hying(yea!), but having baby twins at home has made me realize the only thing more difficult than typing one handed is to type no handed.  Some day folks we are staffing up with real writers.  You may have seen a certain blogger quoted in the Wis State Journal.

 My full quote (was hoping he used my lovable jab at our dearly deceased):
I think what the Madison area gets a bishop who - to use a Pope Francis-ism - is a shepherd who has "the smell of the sheep." This is a guy who will be out among his flock of Christians working with them in service of Jesus Christ and his fellow man. He spent years working with the poor in the Dominican Republic and is fluent in Spanish Although clearly not sharing Bishop Morlino's body shape, the two men do have some similarities, but I think Bishop Hying has his own style and points of emphasis. I have to think that most churchgoers will be delighted with their new bishop.