Cardinal Burke on The World Over regarding the recent abuse scandal

CNA:  Cardinal Burke: We face a grave crisis, touching the heart of the Church

Catholic Action: Cardinal Burke Addresses the Clergy Scandal
Cardinal Burke: There is no need to develop new procedures. All of the procedures exist in the Church’s discipline, and they have existed throughout the centuries. What is needed is an honest investigation into the alleged situations of grave immorality followed by effective action to sanction those responsible and to be vigilant to prevent that similar situations arise again.

This idea that the conference of bishops should be responsible for addressing this is misguided because the bishops’ conference does not have surveillance over the bishops within the conference. It is the Roman Pontiff, the Holy Father, who has the responsibility to discipline these situations, and it is he who needs to take action following the procedures that are given in the Church’s discipline. This is what will address the situation effectively.

Baseballing the wrong way

Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army in battle array? (Cant 6:10)


"Modern times are dominated by Satan and will be more so in the future. The conflict with hell cannot be engaged by men, even the most clever. The Immaculata alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan."

- St. Maximilian Kolbe

The Murder of Fr. Alfred Kunz and the sexual corruption in the priesthood

Joe Hanneman is writing a multipart series at Catholic World Report on the murder of Fr. Alfred Kunz.  It's actually quite timely because now with these new revelations from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report that priest had been "raping boys and girls" and the appalling extent that the bishops and dioceses went to cover up and continue to enable abusers.  Could it be that Fr. Alfred Kunz's investigation into these abuses cost him his life?  Let's pray that God would grant justice and purify the Church in these darkest of days. 

From Part 1 of the new report
In 1996, Kunz became a canon law adviser to the Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF), an Illinois-based group investigating the sexual abuse of boys by Catholic priests and bishops. Kunz was recommended to RCF by the Rev. John A. Hardon, SJ, a widely respected theologian and author who worked for several popes and had deep connections at the Vatican. The group was gathering information on Bishop Daniel L. Ryan of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill. Ryan was accused of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled man, soliciting sex from a 15-year-old boy, trolling area parks for teenage male prostitutes, and having sex with priests in his diocese. In sworn testimony to RCF investigators, one of the teen prostitutes said Ryan once heard his confession and blessed him, then told him, “go and sin no more.” Then the bishop winked at the teen and said, “See you later.”

With help from Kunz and Father Fiore, RCF developed a dossier on the situation in the Springfield diocese. Father Hardon carried the report to Rome and presented it to Pope St. John Paul II, vouching for RCF and the accuracy of the document. Nothing was done with the explosive information. Hardon told RCF officials that at least a dozen American bishops supported Ryan in his quest to hold onto his bishopric in Springfield, according to RCF president and founder Stephen G. Brady. One of them was the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, then archbishop of Chicago, Brady said. When the group approached Bernardin for help in removing Ryan, he refused, Brady said. Ryan abruptly retired in October 1999, shortly before a lawsuit was filed accusing him of covering up the sexual abuse of a child by another Illinois priest. Sheriff Mahoney said Dane County investigators interviewed Ryan, but have no indication he is linked to the Kunz homicide. Ryan died in December 2015.

“Father Hardon told me to go to Kunz if I needed any contacts anywhere or needed direction in my investigations,” Brady told Catholic World Report. “Father Kunz never discussed any other investigations with me except my own. He was tight lipped and you could trust him 100 percent. He had my files and answered any questions I had. He did work behind the scenes for me but kept it private.”

Brady said during the 14 years that RCF conducted its investigations, he received three death threats. One was serious enough to involve the FBI. An email circulated claiming a contract was out for Brady’s assassination. After Kunz was murdered, Brady bought a bulletproof vest.
from Part 2
Father Malachi Martin was an exorcist, bestselling author, former aide to Pope St. John XXIII, and onetime professor at the Vatican’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. He was also a friend of Father Alfred J. Kunz, and he believed the Wisconsin priest’s 1998 murder bore the marks of satanic evil.

“He was found at 7 o’clock in the morning with his throat cut from ear to ear,” Martin said on a national radio program in May 1998. “In his own blood, face down into it and with various acts of desecration of his body which are normally associated with satanist-inflicted death.”
Only one priest would need to be silenced, the rest would live in enough fear after a gruesome murder to keep quiet about what they know. 

Hundreds expected to attend Assumption Mass at Good Help Shrine with Bp. Ricken

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help will once again welcome hundreds of pilgrims for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Mass with Principal Celebrant, Most Reverend David Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay, and Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, Bishop of Memphis, will take place at 11 a.m. with rosary procession to follow.

“The Feast of the Assumption is a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church and a day Champion Shrine holds dear for our Blessed Mother,” says Father John Broussard, CPM, rector at the Champion Shrine.

The Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary celebrates the assumption of Mary into Heaven following her death. The feast day is celebrated around the world on August 15. For those who cannot attend the Shrine’s Assumption Mass, Relevant Radio will carry the mass. Usual Wednesday Mass at the Shrine will take place at 8:30 a.m. on August 15.

3,000 souls attended a few years ago, and several decades ago used to get 10,000.  

Marquette Paid PR Firm Big Bucks to Counter Negative Publicity Over Attempt to Fire Warrior Blogger

We recently got an e-mail from an academic outlining an exchange he had with a public relations firm hired by Marquette to deal with the negative fallout from the university’s attempt to fire us. He explained:

FYI - see below. I received a very odd email from Marquette’s PR firm re: your case a few months ago. I had forgotten about it, but was reminded when I saw the recent court ruling. Anyway, I’m not sure why they contacted me, but thought you should know.
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Really, go read this post.  This gives alumni an idea of how the administration will spend upwards of a million dollars to slander their own professors. 

Abp. Listecki: "New Ways Ministry is not a Catholic organization"

Background  My emphasis

Dear Priests, Deacons, Parish Directors and Staff:

In the past few days, there has been some confusion regarding a retreat that is taking place within our Archdiocese. With so many inquiring if this retreat is directly connected to the Archdiocese, which it is not, I felt obligated to clarify.

As the Church teaches, all individuals with same-sex attraction must be treated with understanding, compassion and support. A retreat for “gay priests, brothers and deacons” has been scheduled at the Siena Center in Racine, operated by the Racine Dominican Sisters, sponsored by New Ways Ministries and led by Fr. Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, who now teaches at Fordham University in New York. This event is not in line with Catholic Church teaching and is in no way connected to or endorsed by the archdiocese, and New Ways Ministry is not a Catholic organization.

In addition, no permission was requested for such a retreat to be held in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (not that my permission is needed, nor would I have given it) and I was not contacted – even out of courtesy or respect – by the Dominican Sisters, the leadership of the Siena Center, or by Fr. Massingale.
That is disappointing, because it can be confusing for some people as to whether someone with same sex attraction can minister as a priest. As priests who have made a promise and commitment to celibacy, each are called to live holy, chaste lives.

Fr. Nathan Reesman, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish and Saint Mary’s Immaculate Conception Parish in West Bend, has written a very good article about this topic, noting that, “The best pastoral experience of the Church, as well as our consistent teachings about who we are as persons, point to the reality that it is never healthy or holy to act out on same-sex desires, even in the realm of the merely emotional. Much healthier and holier is the attitude that our sexual desires are simply one facet of who we are as persons, rather than making them our dominant marker of identity with a term such as “gay.”

Fr. Reesman is the Chaplain for Courage and EnCourage for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Courage is an apostolate of the Catholic Church that ministers to men and women who experience same sex attraction. You can access his article here.

A number of people have called and written to me asking me “to stop this retreat.” I cannot prevent the Sisters from running this retreat, nor Fr. Massingale from leading it. What I can do, to the best of my ability, is share the truth about the teachings of the Church with the Faithful People of God.

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee

Iconoclast attacks Marian statue at Milwaukee's St. Adalbert's Church

Fox 6 News reported last week that

"A religious statue was destroyed outside St. Adalbert Parish, located near 19th and Becher in Milwaukee. A suspect shattered a statue of the Virgin Mary around 8:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6."
WISN 12 posted an eyewitness's video.

Jennifer Walter now reports at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Joshua Cisero was charged Friday in the smashing of the statue with a metal pole Aug. 6.

"Three witnesses heard or saw Cisero destroying the statue outside the church, 1923 W. Becher St., according to the criminal complaint. At the scene, the complaint said, Cisero was quoted as saying Catholics 'practice idolatry. They worship Mary ... and I destroyed it, what they worship ... That’s why I did it.'
"Cisero's home address is listed as the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. The shelter provides resources and housing for homeless people."
For the actual Catholic teaching at the subject, see the best of online versions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, English Translation, that at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Picayune, Mississippi, specifically paragraphs 2129-2132.

Detroit archdiocesan paper to cease publication after 146 years

The Michigan Catholic, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Detroit, will publish its last issue Aug. 24. Taking its place in November will be an online-only news service called Detroit Catholic.

The archdiocese, in announcing the newspaper’s closure Aug. 1, said it will introduce what it called a “multichannel” service early next year that will include mailed publications focusing on evangelization and faith formation.

The Michigan Catholic, founded 146 years ago when the then-Detroit Diocese’s territory covered the entire Lower Peninsula of Michigan, was the second-oldest newspaper in the state, behind only the Detroit Free Press, which is the highest-circulation paper in Michigan.
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Retreats for ‘gay priests, brothers’ and ‘lesbian sisters’ to take place in Milwaukee archdiocese

From October 2 to 4, 2018, Fr. Bryan Massingale will lead "a retreat for gay priests, brothers, and deacons" at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The Siena Retreat Center is overseen by the Racine Dominican Sisters. The retreat is sponsored by the dissident pro-gay marriage group New Ways Ministry. Later this year, on November 16-18, 2018, the Siena Retreat Center will also host a conference for "lesbian sisters, congregational leaders, and vocation & formation ministers." The speakers include Cristina L.H. Traina, the chair of religious studies at Northwestern University. Traina is a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Evanston, Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago, where she is active in the Gay and Lesbian Ministry. In 2013, concerning the legalization of same-sex marriage, she wrote:

Same-sex marriage initiatives do not require Catholic clergy to marry gay and lesbian couples and do not devalue heterosexual marriage or encourage casual sex. If anything, same-sex marriage enshrines stable two-parent households as profoundly valuable, all things being equal, to children's welfare.
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New Priest, Deacon at Good Help Shrine

National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis. recently welcomed Father Thomas Reagan, CPM, as Chaplain and Deacon Greg Rotherham to the Shrine community. Father Reagan and Deacon Rotherham join Father John Broussard, CPM, rector and Father George McInnis, CPM, chaplain, in serving the pilgrims who visit the Shrine.

“It’s a blessing to be able to be part of the work here at Champion Shrine,” Father Reagan said. “I look forward to sharing the many gifts I have received from God with the thousands of pilgrims who come to the Shrine each year for prayer, reflection and healing.”

Father Reagan grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and Cincinnati, graduated from Purdue University and worked for IBM as an engineer and project manager. He then received his Master’s in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Father Reagan joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2011, attended Holy Apostles Seminary and Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary before being ordained to the priesthood in 2016. He most recently served as parochial vicar at St. Helen Parish and Our Lady of the Caves Parish in Central Kentucky.

Deacon Rotherham is long-time Green Bay area resident who is president of The Elite Group, a De Pere-based marketing company. Rotherham has long been active at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Agnes parishes and is currently a member of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Parish. He was ordained as a deacon in May, 2018.
It's amazing that the Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse still only has two priests in residence, considering the Good Help Shrine now has three. 

Bishop Morlino has continued to ‘badger them lovingly with the truth’

MADISON -- When Bishop Robert C. Morlino came to Madison as our new bishop in 2003, he said he hoped to practice BLT: "Badger them lovingly with the truth."

Bishop Morlino has continued to practice BLT throughout his 15 years as Bishop of Madison. "That's what I'm doing every blessed day," he has said. "I know that some feel more badgered than others, but I hope to help them to be both badgered and loved."

He will celebrate the 15th anniversary of his installation on August 1. He was installed as the fourth Bishop of Madison on August 1, 2003. The pro-life community in the diocese will be hosting a 5:30 p.m. Mass with Bishop Morlino at St. Mary Catholic Church of Pine Bluff, to which all are invited.
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Fanatic Friday: All Apologies edition

Baseball season, at least my family season, officially finished last night!  Still a few weeks of softball but I've come to accept that the months of June and July are not so much living but surviving the schedule.  So all apologies for not so much blogging.  I have many thoughts re St John Cantius, McCarrick, etc, but standing on a ball diamond is not a great place to try to type them up.  I've also been a bit intimidated by the fact that my current favorite beer is made in Iowa..... 

Founder of St John Cantius ordered to move to St. Louis

At the request of his superior, Fr. Szarek, Fr. Phillips has now relocated to St. Louis where he will presumably be living in a Resurrectionist facility. Today, Protect our Priests, the independent St. John Cantius parishioners group, published this letter from Fr. Phillips:
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Father Taphorn named new rector of St. Paul Seminary

The St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity has named Father Joseph Taphorn of Omaha, Nebraska, as its 15th rector.

He succeeds Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan, who served in the role for 13 years until his recent transition to emeritus status. The seminary board of trustees approved Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s appointment of Father Taphorn for the position, announcing it July 16.

Father Taphorn, 47, is the founding pastor and director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he has served since 2016. He will begin his term as rector of the seminary Jan. 1, 2019. He plans to make extended visits to the seminary in the meantime to get to know seminarians, faculty, staff and leaders. Bishop Cozzens, a longtime friend of Father Taphorn, will serve as interim rector in the meanwhile.
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Carmelite Monastery halfway to funding new chapel by Duncan Stroik in Lake Elmo, Minnesota

via Orbis
A beautiful place to visit! The little gift shop is very nice. The monks have big dreams to complete the construction of their new monastery.

Please give generously - this is a worthy cause - so that this monastery may be completed in a timely fashion.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us!

The Bells of Milwaukee celebrates restoration of historic convent bells

The bells before restoration.
Years after the bells that once chimed atop the Notre Dame Convent and Motherhouse on Ogden Avenue struck a note with local writer Michael Horne, they are being rededicated this week after having been restored by a group Horne co-founded with Lakefront Brewery's Russ Klisch and The Pfister's Peter Mortensen.

The 19th century bells, named St. Ignatius and St. Catherine, currently reside at Convent Hill Gardens, 455 E. Ogden Ave., where they will be rededicated at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, in a free ceremony officiated by Rev. Tim Kitzke, the Vicar General of Urban Ministry for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
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Civil War veterans honored with historical marker on Gettysburg anniversary at Milwaukee Calvary Cemetery

The historical sign was placed at the landmark 1897 Gothic Revival gatehouse, at the entrance to the cemetery at 5503 W. Bluemound Road. Archbishop Jerome Listecki delivered the dedication invocation. Listecki is also a retired United States Army Reserve Chaplain, lieutenant colonel. Calvary is a Milwaukee Archdiocesan cemetery that was consecrated in 1857, by the Most Reverend John Martin Henni, first archbishop of Milwaukee. The dedication included reenactors who participated in the ceremony wearing Civil War era regulation uniforms or period attire. A rifle salute and playing of Taps concluded the ceremony.
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!! Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with Marquette professor John McAdams in free speech case, orders university to reinstate him

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that embattled Marquette University political science professor John McAdams was improperly suspended after he publicly criticized a graduate student by name on his politically conservative blog, leading to threats against her.

The court ordered the Jesuit university to immediately reinstate the professor and sent the case back to a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge to award damages, including back pay.

McAdams has been suspended without pay for the past seven semesters.

"The undisputed facts show that the University breached its contract with Dr. McAdams when it suspended him for engaging in activity protected by the contract's guarantee of academic freedom," said the opinion written by Justice Daniel Kelly.

The state's high court ordered Marquette to "immediately reinstate Dr. McAdams with unimpaired rank, tenure, compensation, and benefits."
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We all owe McAdams a debt of gratitude.  Had he not been willing to suffer through this whole thing, anyone not compliant with the latest liberal hysteria would have to continually suffer through another incoherent round of career punishment and virtue signaling. 

I think Lovell deep down probably knew Marquette would lose the case, but at least he showed he's willing to punish the politically incorrect.  Will it change a rotten culture at Marquette?  Unlikely, but it can't hurt.  Hopefully this decision will help protect other professors whom are attacked for their political or religious beliefs.