Monday, January 26, 2015

The Louis Joliet Society asks for clarification on Marquette Campus Ministry’s ongoing LGBTQ Masses

After the suspension of Prof. John McAdams for apparently "bullying" by proposing teachers allow Catholic teaching on marriage to at least be discussed in class, we find that  the Louis Joliet Society reports it has contacted Archbishop Listecki in regards to Marquette's "LGBTQ" Masses.  
We’ve sent a letter to Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki asking him to inquire directly with Marquette administration regarding the nature of Marquette Campus Ministry’s ongoing LGBTQ Masses. (Next LGBTQ Mass is Jan. 28.) The letter was sent after a number of direct requests to Marquette, including a January 14 letter to President Michael Lovell (see letter at:, have gone unanswered.

In our letter to the Archbishop, we point out that this is not a matter of ‘academic freedom’ or rogue student group activity, but of an official department of a Catholic university knowingly engaging in what we fear may be liturgical abuse. For this reason, we believe it appropriate to ask the Archbishop to address the issue directly with the University.

As we have said many times, The Louis Joliet Society fully supports Campus Ministry’s interest in sharing the Catholic faith with all members of the Marquette community. Our concern, however, is with their lack of meaningful communication about the nature of this outreach and whether or not it is consistent with Church teaching regarding sexual morality, specifically articles 2357, 2358, 2359 and 2396 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Please feel free to contact Marquette Campus Ministry (contact info at ) and ask them if their LGBTQ Masses are in line with Church teaching.

Please spread the word about The Louis Joliet Society and our efforts. We are just getting started.
Hopefully it's not as bad as a "Polka Mass," LOL.  (KIDDING! ... sort of)

Brew Evangelization: The Ongoing Renaissance of Monastic Beer

What is it about monks and beer? The two just go together. And as craft beer continues to rise in popularity in the United States, the ones responsible for creating western brewing practices are reclaiming their own.

This renewal is important for monastic life in providing another opportunity for monks to produce their own goods and to sustain their monasteries (in an age when many of their traditional farming practices are in decline; see an odd example in Mepkin Abbey’s controversy with PETA). St. Benedict affirms the necessity of the monk’s work: “When they live by the labor of their hands, as our fathers and the apostles did, then they are really monks” (Rule, ch. 48). Benedict also states that “the monastery should, if possible, be so constructed that within it all necessities, such as water, mill and garden are contained, and the various crafts are practiced” (ch. 66).

Although this self-sufficiency is meant, in part, to insulate the monks from the world, the crafts Benedict mentions are important to provide an opportunity for the monks to witness to society. St. Benedict foresees the contribution of the monk on society: “Whenever products of these artisans are sold, those responsible for the sale must not dare to practice any fraud. . . . The evil of avarice must have not part in establishing prices, which should, therefore, always be a little lower than people outside the monastery are able to set, so that in all things God may be glorified (ch. 57, quoting 1 Pt 4:11). Though speaking of prices in particular (although aren’t Trappist beers the most expensive?), Benedict wants the monks to glorify God when they enter into contact with the outside world through their products.
continue at Catholic World Report

HT Angie

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Richard McBrien R.I.P.

National Catholic Reporter posts that Fr. Richard McBrien, theologian, has died.
"At the height of McBrien’s influence, almost 25 diocesan papers and a couple dozen parish bulletins carried his column. As the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI wore on, McBrien found it increasingly difficult to penetrate official venues. By the end, only six diocesan papers carried the column."
The Milwaukee Catholic Herald long carried his column, though for some reason did not use the 'Essays in Theology' title he gave it.

The column archives are at his website.

P.S. One still-pertinent column is A Meditation in Imperfection from 2002, on the fall of Archbishop Rembert Weakland.

'''What bothered Catholics most about the Weakland matter was the nearly half-million-dollar settlement reached with the individual with whom the archbishop had had a long-since-ended relationship. During the recent prayer service in Milwaukee at which he apologized and asked for forgiveness, the archbishop pointed out that "in hindsight" he could understand why that financial settlement had "the appearance of 'hush money'."

'''Indeed, it was hush money, and one wonders how anyone involved in that decision could have possibly encouraged the archbishop to go forward with it.'''
If it was hush money, then that hardly seems to have been a proper use of Archdiocesan funds. But no one was publicly brought to account for any impropriety. And if that means our Archdiocese regards this a having been a proper use of funds, then presumably it would settle any similar subsequent cases in similar fashion.

And that comes to my mind, thanks in part to Fr. McBrien, when the word 'stewardship' comes up around here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fanatic Friday: Nuns on the Bus edition

Well Mrs. Badger failed to send us something. Therefore due to the overwhelming bias against men named Avett I have selected a classic Alperformance - and oddly enough Tom Snyder seems like the weirder of the two.

La Crosse priest pleads no contest in Wausau massage case, denies wrongdoing

Monsignor Bernard McGarty was convicted of disorderly conduct this week but denies the underlying allegations of indecent conduct with a massage therapist.

“I totally deny (it),” McGarty said Thursday.

The 89-year-old retired priest pleaded no contest Monday in Wausau Municipal Court and paid a $250 fine for the non-criminal citation.

McGarty was not arrested but was issued a $250 ticket for lifting the covering off of his groin during a massage and asking the masseuse to rub his genitals. The massage therapist refused and left the room, she told Wausau police. McGarty also called her a derogatory name, she told police.

“I categorically deny saying anything inappropriate to the masseuse,” McGarty said. “The statement by the policeman is a total fabrication and it is the biggest piece of fiction since ‘Gone With the Wind.’
continue at La Crosse Tribune

In his defense, he's lost it.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sconnies at March For Life

I'll update this post when I have time and find more of us.

Song “Closing Time” has hidden meaning #MarchForLife

It seems unlikely Dan Wilson considers himself pro-life, but this is still pretty cool.  It is now impossible to hear the song in the same way again after this explanation.

HT The Wife (who says it's actually a HT to ) Annemarie


Pope Francis tweets support for March for Life

Wednesday, January 21, 2015