Milwaukee Catholic Herald's Feingold ad

I've got a lot of feedback so I thought I'd recap.

In the October 21st edition of the Milwaukee Catholic Herald this ad appeared on page 8 for Senator Feingold. Senator Feingold is not just pro-choice, but supports partial birth abortions and goes as far as de facto support of infanticide.

About 2 months ago, a group asked if there was an advertising policy in place – ie, are you aware that once you accept a political ad, you have to run the opponent’s, by law – and was told there was no such policy.

Madison Catholic Herald was asked if they run political ads. Mad. CH policy – and Bishop Morlino’s – is not to accept any political ads.

The Milwaukee CH has come under fire before for its lack of foresight regarding the abortion issue. In Dec. 2008, the newspaper published a letter to the editor by a pro-choice nun from Milwaukee stating “God is pro-choice.”

The CH has run a number of pro-life articles very recently… Archbishop Listecki’s column on pro-life being the premier social justice issue:

Even though they're not a diocesan org, their executive publisher IS Archb. Listecki, so my(commenter Kat) recommendation is to send a letter or complain. He has the power to say no to all political advertising. It's been a longstanding tradition for the MCH to accept political ads, but it can easily be changed.

A reader recieved this response(quickly) when she contacted Mil Catholic Herald:
Thank you for sharing your views. Before the 2012 election, we will be reconsidering our practice of accepting political advertising.

Please keep the Catholic Press Apostolate in your prayers.
And Anne has her letter and response at her blog.

Meatless Fridays.... er, Mondays?

The Union and Dining Committee is working with Environmental Affairs committee, the Health and Safety Committee and the dietetics club to get more vegetarian options on campus, including the launch of Meatless Mondays. [Ever heard of Meatless Fridays?]

"Eating less meat can help lower our carbon footprint," Leah Korger, chair of Union and Dining, said. "Industrialized meat production accounts for more greenhouse gasses than all forms of transportation combined."  [Stupid environmentalism]

These groups are working together to get calorie labeling on all food items on campus and to look into starting a compost program on campus.

Environmental Affairs is working on reducing the amount of plastic water bottles on campus and has installed a new water bottle filling station in the Union that has now filled almost 5,000 water bottles. [Smart environmentalism]
 UW Green Bay

You may have noticed and yes, a relative ... a distant relative.... 

I'll keep my Meatless Fridays, thank you very much.   And I will keep them for the much more worthy Cause. 

Bp Callahan on Donkor-Baine verdict

"We are happy and grateful that this matter has been appropriately addressed and brought to closure through the criminal justice system.

The unanimous verdict of "not guilty" by a jury of 12 peers is consistent with the judgement of the Diocese that Father Edmund Donkor-Baine was innocent of the charges.

We thank those who have maintained an open mind and not prejudged based upon unsupported rhetoric, staged media events and stereotypes."

"We take all reports of sexual abuse seriously," says Bishop William Callahan. "Since my appointment to the Diocese of La Crosse, my top priority has been to review all policies and procedures related to matters of sexual abuse, a process that is ongoing. It is important to know, however, that all reports of clergy sexual abuse of minors are immediately reported to civil authorities.

Let us move forward together to protect and to heal."

Franciscan Friars to Viterbo?

WHOA! I hadn't heard anything about this. This is BIG news and a great sign of hope!
On Sept. 8, Viterbo took a broad stride toward its goal of bolstering the Franciscan faith on campus.

Viterbo President Rick Artman and a select group of faculty and administrators hosted a Franciscan brother from the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province in Franklin, Wis. for an invitation to live and work in the Viterbo Community.

Last week's visit is the most recent step in Viterbo's communication with the Franklin Province. The partnership with the Franciscans has been in the works since last November, not long after the passing of Viterbo's long time campus pastor Fr. Tom O'Neill.

"It was a question Fr. Tom and I had; could we further enhance our Franciscan ideals with Franciscan Brothers or Priests living in a male community that would add to what our Sisters of Perpetual Adoration already do," said Artman.

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration [FSPA] have played an major part in planning the proposed Franciscan Community's presence, as has Franciscan Skemp Hospitals.

Not long after the idea for a Franciscan community was born, Artman spoke with the FSPA and Skemp about a possible collaborative ministry between all three. The idea was exciting and agreeable to everyone involved said Artman.

Artman then asked for permission to contact and extend invitations to Franciscan Provinces nationwide from former Bishop of La Crosse the Reverend Jerome Listecki, and after receiving both consent and good wishes, Artman began his search.

The installation of a Franciscan community in the collaborative ministry design will bring Viterbo's Campus Ministry Department to its full potential, something it has been striving to do for four years.

In the winter of 2007, Earl Madary, chair of the religious studies department, director of St. Francis Choir and contributor to campus ministry, passed away.

"Earl had a way of tying the campus together, and after he passed it sort of fragmented. He will never be replaced, but you always hope that the connections Earl made will gradually and organically grow back," said Rick Kyte, director of the Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

In the spring semester of 2008, memories of Earl were the focus of Viterbo's spirituality, with celebrations and stories of his life taking place both planned and spontaneously.

The following year, Viterbo's Campus Ministry Department dealt with change of a different sort with the departure of Campus Minister Chris McClead.

For the whole of the 2008- 2009 academic year, the role of campus minister was filled part time by a member of the FSPA community. At the end of the 2009 spring semester, current Campus Minister, Patrick Andera was hired for the 2009- 2010 year.

The following fall, Fr. Tom passed away.

Kyte has done some research on the topic of Universities without religious affiliations.

In 1997, he participated in the Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church Related College. The focus of the group was to investigate what happens when an educational institution leaves its faith roots behind.

Kyte said that one of the major differences between an affiliated and a non-affiliated school is the overall institutional identity. Kyte noted that schools with a "religious mission have a cohesiveness" about the entire university.

Without a university wide affiliation to some religion, Kyte said there is a trend for departments to identify only within themselves. "English people only speak to English people and math people only to math people…it becomes so that I'd rather talk to someone in California over the phone, than go to the office next door."

"Viterbo has an advantage to have the FSPA right next door…and what a priest would do is increase that visibility and presence even more," Kyte said.

Yet even without the presence of a priest on Viterbo's campus, Andera is making the Ministry Department visible.

Mass has remained a priority, but priests are difficult to find all over the LaCrosse area; this led to the suspension of 11 a.m. mass on Sundays. But the 6 p.m. service has remained and even thrived throughout the summer as various local priests volunteered to celebrate with the San Damiano Community, and Polly Pappadopoulos, musician for the department of campus ministry provided music ministry. [It's bad music and a wreckovated chapel, but this move could bring about real reform!  These things can be contemporary without the shame of being modern.]

One of the steady celebrants of 6 p.m. mass has been Fr. John Parr of Viroqua. Parr has found a following in the San Damiano community. "He is so relatable and down to earth, but profound," said Pat Kerrigan, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, a regular at the Sunday 6 p.m. Service.

Now that school is back in session, one of Andera's focuses is on re-establishing the noon mass that Fr. Tom made a regular celebration for both students and the FSPA community.

With an establishment of a community of the Franciscan Friars from the Blessed Virgin Mary Province, which Artman "feels confident we'll soon have," Viterbo would no longer have to worry about whether or not mass is taking place on any given day, and the decision for who the celebrant is for the day would be between the Friars.

I could only find a Facebook page for the friars.  You can see the pictures, they are wearing Franciscan HABITS!!  This is exciting!!

Call Me Senator video


HT FatherZ

President GW Bush reveals emotional meeting with Pope JPII in new book

From The Drudge Report
In the chapter "Stem Cells", Bush describes receiving a letter from Nancy Reagan detailing a "wrenching family journey".

But ultimately, Bush writes: "I did feel a responsibility to voice my pro-life convictions and lead the country toward what Pope John Paul II called a culture of life."

In the book, Bush describes an emotional July 2001 meeting with the Pope at the pontiff's summer residence.

Savaged by Parkinson's, the Pope saw the promise of science, but implored Bush to support life in all its forms.

Later, at the Pope's funeral -- and after a prodding from his wife that it's a time to "pray for miracles" -- Bush found himself saying a prayer for the cancer-stricken ABCNEWS anchor Peter Jennings.
Photo: Time Magazine

Prayer for the Election

Lord Jesus Christ, You told us to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God. Enlighten the minds of our people [in] America. May we choose … government officials, according to Your Divine Will. Give our citizens the courage to choose leaders of our nation who respect the sanctity of unborn human life, the sanctity of marriage, the sanctity of marital relations, the sanctity of the family, and the sanctity of the aging. Grant us the wisdom to give You, what belongs to You, our God. If we do this, as a nation, we are confident You will give us an abundance of Your blessings through our elected leaders. Amen.
-Fr John Hardon, SJ

Photo: Handmaids of the Precious Blood

Michigan law permits dumping of aborted babies’ bodies, shocking discoveries reveal

In early April 2010 Veneklase and Miller notified law enforcement authorities and the state representative of the district. A meeting between the authorities and pro-life leaders resulted in a formal investigation of the clinics. While pro-life leaders had believed the dumping of the bodies is illegal, it is in fact legal as long as abortion practitioners fix the crushed remains in formalin solution. This was the case at the investigated clinics.

Although the clinics could have violated patient privacy laws, they failed to properly follow rules for incorporation in the state of Michigan and no physician was given the legal responsibility for the handling of patient records.

Michigan state Reps. Joe Haveman, Rick Jones, and Bob Genetski have introduced legislation to require abortion clinics to either cremate or bury the remains of aborted babies. Failure to comply would be a felony under the proposal, which is expected to draw opposition from abortion providers.

Rep. Jones, a Republican representing Grand Ledge, said he was “shocked and horrified” to find that babies were being “thrown into a garbage dumpster.”
EWTN News  Photo LifeSiteNews

Abortion folks do not want this talked about.  This is the result of their fanciful ideology.  They shout choice and freedom from the rooftops and then hide in the darkness when light is shone on them.  You may also remember this:
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 23, 2009 ( - The Citizens for a Pro-Life Society (CPLS) say that their video depicting the Catholic funeral and burial ceremonies of abortion victims has been censored by the video-sharing site YouTube - which now has an established reputation for removing pro-life videos and issuing "warning strikes" against their owners' accounts.

CPLS reports that YouTube pulled the original five-minute film "Requiem for the Disappeared" on August 29. The film shows the remains of 23 unborn children whose bodies were buried after being salvaged last year from trash dumpsters behind abortionist Alberto Hodari's Womancare abortion clinic in Lathrup Village, MI., and abortionist Reginald Sharpe's Women's Advisory abortion clinic in Livonia, MI. The video is accompanied by the song "Tell Me Who I Am," which was crafted for the video and produced by Mediatrix Records.

It is terrible

"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged"

-G.K Chesterton in The Cleveland Press, March 1, 1921


Reason #4325 that I love GKC.

Friendly reminder that dancers will be excommunicated

October 23, 1910
Dances in connection with socials when the proceeds are for the benefit of a Catholic church are prohibited under the rules of the church. Bishop J.J. Fox reminded members of the Green Bay diocese Monday.
From The Door County Advocate archives

If only that could be applied to liturgical dancing as well!


Listecki says justice was done in Donkor-Baine case

The woman did not come off as credible, Elvin said, and contradicted herself during testimony.

"I think she is a broken woman who has been broken by her husband, by her divorce," the West Salem juror said.

The woman did report the incident in September to the Diocese of La Crosse, but it found no evidence to support her claim.

"We have processes in place in the church and in the civil system to ensure that justice is done. It seems that was the case in this instance," said Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki, who was bishop in La Crosse when the woman reported the incident.

The La Crosse Diocese released a statement late Wednesday: "We are happy and grateful that this matter has been appropriately addressed and brought to closure through the criminal justice system.

"The unanimous verdict of ‘not guilty' ... is consistent with the judgement of the Diocese than Father Edmund Donkor-Baine was innocent of the charges."
La Crosse Tribune

I hope that woman finds healing and the help she needs.  And in related news SNAP issued a retraction..... NOT

The Milwaukee "Catholic" Herald?

I'm reliably informed that the "Catholic" Herald of Milwaukee ran an advertisement for Senator Partial-Birth-Abortion[not to mention infanticide] Feingold.

I think that's called blood money, and there's a place for it: Haceldema
And a commenter
There was a message right above the ad saying something to the effect that if they accepted political ads from anyone, they were required by law to accept political ads from everyone.

Given that that's the only political ad I've ever seen in the Herald, it's not much of an excuse.

If anyone could scan a picture and send it in I will post it. 

I see this curious tidbit on the Herald's website:
Let the Catholic Herald and help you win your next election.

Mary (414) 769-3473
Rich (414) 769-3470
Steve (608) 821-3074

Affordable. Effective. The Catholic Herald and

The new St. Paul's University Catholic Church in Madison

Matthew Alderman Studios has been serving for the past few months as the designer for the principal elevation of the new St. Paul's University Catholic Center in Madison, Wisconsin, with RDG Design and Planning of Omaha serving as the overall architect of record. We are now releasing our concept to the various organs of the city government for their comment and review, so I can now share this exciting news with our readers.

St. Paul's University Catholic Church serves as the Newman Center for the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Under Fr. Eric Sternberg, it has spearheaded an amazing effort to bring the fire of the Faith to Madison's student population. Catholic life in Madison has undergone a remarkable renaissance under Bishop Morlino, and St. Paul's is one of the foundations of this resurgence. I can assert from personal experience that it is really heartening what is going on over there. St. Paul's is molding a new generation of faithful, responsible, and joyfully serious young Catholics.The current facilities are crowded and do not match the parish's expanding vision. St. Paul's is proposing a mixed-use high rise, incorporating a chapel and offices on the lower floor, with a unique residential college located on its upper levels. The fourteen-story building's dormitories will house 175 students, while the chapel will have room for 500 worshippers. More details from the Wisconsin State-Journal:
The rest from New Liturgical Movement

HT Dad29

The >other< MN DFL postcard

Whoa, I missed this one.  There can be NO QUESTION that these postcards target Catholics. 

From Stella Borealis
There were 3 mailings of postcards in this political race
If you think that this photo shows a protestant altar?
How many protestant churches have statues of
St. Anthony of Padua and the Baby Jesus?

Catholic League takes on Minnesota DFL priest attack postcard

Yesterday, a mailer by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) of Minnesota came under fire for its allegedly anti-Catholic contents. Pictured on one side of the mailer is a priest, shown from his Roman collar down, wearing a button which says, "Ignore the Poor"; on the other side there is a statement critical of Dan Hall, a Protestant minister who is a candidate for the state senate (it says, in part, "Preacher Dan Hall protects politicians—not the poor").

On the Internet, only the front part of the mailer was shown, leading some to accuse the DFL of bigotry. Late yesterday, the DFL released a statement defending the mailing because "the text explicitly criticizes Preacher Hall," and therefore covers any objections.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue wasn't buying it:

The DFL deliberately exploited Catholic imagery to make a political point. Had they pictured an imam on the front of its mailing, the DFL wouldn't treat its critics so cavalierly. If the DFL wants to paint Hall as anti-poor, then do it. But don't do it by hijacking Catholic imagery. While the text is about Dan Hall, the teaser—that which gets the attention of the reader—is a Catholic-baiting stunt that paints priests as anti-poor.

The person whose name appears on the mailing is Brian Melendez, the state chair of the DFL. The Harvard-educated lawyer, it turns out, offers his services pro bono for cases involving consumer fraud. He should therefore know a thing or two about deceptive advertising, especially given that he concentrated in ethics while attending Harvard Divinity School. We contacted his office yesterday looking to give him a chance to explain himself, but he never got back to us. Perhaps that's because he was too busy advising the DFL how to handle questions about deceptive advertising and unethical behavior.
Catholic League

This attack ad on Catholics is making its way around the internet.  Several other blogs have picked it up.

By the way, saw Gateway Pundit at First Things had the obvious rebuttal.
Stay classy, democrats.

For the record… The Catholic Charities network is the nation’s fourth largest non-profit, according to The NonProfit Times. The combined revenue of the Catholic Charities network from all sources, public and private, was $2.69 billion in 2000. Nearly 90 percent of these funds were spent on programs and services, making the Catholic Charities network one of the country’s most efficient charities. Today, the Catholic Charities network — more than 1,600 local agencies and institutions nationwide — provide help, sometimes with government funding, and create hope for 6,597,998 in 2003, regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds thanks to the dedication of more than 51,000 staff and 175,000 volunteers.
HT Stella Borealis

La Crosse Tribune endorses Scott Walker

Tribune endorsement: Walker is best pick for governor

The Trib does ignorantly declares Walker has to change his stance and waste money on embryonic stem cell research instead of focusing money on the real science of adult stem cell research.  Read the stats. It is way behind the times to still be stuck in that fantasy.

Fr. Edmund Donkor-Baine found not guilty

A La Crosse County jury Tuesday acquitted a visiting Catholic priest of sexually assaulting a female parishioner in August 2009. The panel of 11 men and one woman deliberated four hours before finding the Rev. Edmund Donkor-Baine, 48, not guilty of misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault.

The priest’s supporters celebrated outside the courtroom with handshakes and praises to God.

“The system worked,” defense attorney Cheryl Gill said. “I feel a good man was accused unfairly, and it has totally changed his life. The accusations have gone worldwide.”

The 48-year-old woman, a devout Catholic and stay-at-home mother, testified Tuesday she called Donkor-Baine on Aug. 20, 2009, seeking support for her failing marriage and his advice on how to handle sexual urges.

The pair talked at a downtown coffee shop and drove through Riverside Park before parking her vehicle near the Diocese of La Crosse center, she said.

“He grabbed my hand and put it on his penis and then he took his hands and grabbed my breasts,” she told the jury.

She reported the incident to police in December after a diocese investigation found no supporting evidence.

Donkor-Baine, a Ghana resident in the U.S. for medical care, testified he offered to meet the woman at Sunday Mass but she insisted on seeing him that night.

She didn’t appear upset when she arrived at the diocese center, so Donkor-Baine handed her a prayer book and rosary and turned away, he said.

The priest testified she called him to her car and offered to take him to a property she owns in La Crescent, Minn. They settled on the coffee shop, where they discussed her marriage, though she never mentioned her sexual urges, he testified.

They were seated in her parked car when, Donkor-Baine said, she made sexual advances toward him.

“She told me that, ‘I have not met my desires,’” he testified.

He suggested a drive through Riverside Park to calm her, he said, adding she twice rubbed his thigh as they returned to the diocese center.

“I was not comfortable with that,” he said.

Under questioning by Gill, the woman admitted she went back to Donkor-Baine for that counseling session even though she thought he’d been sexually inappropriate at an earlier meeting. She also attended church where he helped deliver Mass the Sunday after the incident.

Gill said the behavior was more typical of a “woman rejected by her husband who sought attention elsewhere.”

But La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke, in his closing statement, argued she had no motive to lie.

“Why would she have a reason to make up something against a church she adored?”
 La Crosse Tribune

Well it probably doesn't help her story if she was caught in a lie during the trial.  It's a bad day for those who hate the Catholic Church.  I wonder if there is a reason the Diocese looks to see if the allegations are credible before going to police....  and it turns out Archbishop Listecki was right to dismiss these charges

Here's a flashback from February 12 of this year

The woman reported the incident to diocese administrator Monsignor Richard Gilles in September and met with diocesan attorney Jim Birnbaum, according to the report. It’s unclear why she met with Gilles instead of then-Bishop Jerome Listecki, now archbishop of the Milwaukee diocese.

“He (Gilles) told me that Bishop Listecki takes these things very seriously and that he would file a report and give it to him,” the woman testified in January before a state Senate committee in Madison. “Now, if I were the bishop, I would have had me sitting in a chair the next day.”

The diocese did investigate the report, Birnbaum said. Donkor-Baine, a Ghana resident who came to the U.S. for medical care, denied the offense.

“Sufficient evidence did not exist to confirm the woman’s story,” Birnbaum said. “There were no other like or similar allegations ever made.”

A Dec. 22 letter from Listecki to the woman stated he “cannot conclusively determine what happened.”

Still, Donkor-Baine was ordered not to have contact with the woman or St. James parish, where he led Mass. Listecki also recommended she avoid Franciscan Skemp Healthcare and Viterbo University, where Donkor-Baine provided ministry services and occasionally led Mass.

“Basically, it was Bishop Listecki’s blow-off letter to me,” the woman testified at the Madison hearing, which Listecki attended.

The diocese’s spotty communication with the woman and lack of reprimand against Donkor-Baine led her to report the assault to law enforcement in December, reports stated. She thought the diocese hoped the accusations would disappear, according to reports.

The diocese disagrees with the woman’s statements, Birnbaum said, but he declined to elaborate with the ongoing criminal investigation.

Peter Isely, the Midwest director for the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said the woman approached the organization in November.

“I said, ‘Go to the DA. Go to the police,’” Isely said.

Donkor-Baine was arrested Jan. 25.

“I don’t know who to trust anymore,” the woman said in her testimony. “The people I thought I knew I guess I don’t really know anymore. And to have that rug ripped out from underneath you is unbelievable.”
 This woman sounds emotionally unstable to say the least. 

Minnesota DFL Ignore the Poor postcard update

DFL spokesman Donald McFarland has issued the following statement:
The ad is part of a two-piece mailing that highlights and criticizes the policy views of Dan Hall, a preacher who is the Republican candidate for the Minnesota Senate. I enclose both sides of both pieces. I understand that some Republican bloggers have taken one image from the first piece, and claimed that the mail is somehow anti-Catholic. But the text explicitly criticizes Preacher Hall for distancing himself from policy views that have been taken by the Catholic Archdiocese, by the Lutheran Synod, and other leaders in Minnesota’s faith community. Dan Hall is willing to enlist God and religion in his campaign when it helps him — but in fact, his views hurt the poorest and sickest among us, and this mailing holds him accountable for those views.
You can see the second mailing here. It also refers to Hall as “Preacher Hall” (I can’t find any evidence that Hall refers to himself that way). Why the DFL would use the image of a man in a Roman collar to depict a lay chaplain who is a member of a nondenominational church remains mysterious. My apologies for jumping to conclusions.
Commonweal Magazine

I'll have to say I don't believe McFarland.  Shall we call it subliminal messaging then?

Ron Kind and the "cloak of darkness"

Let's have some fun with this, shall we?
Special interest groups already have poured more than $1.2 million in the 3rd Congressional race, an unprecedented level of outside influence in the western Wisconsin district. With less than three weeks until the Nov. 2 election, the National Federation of Independent Business on Wednesday began airing a new television ad through Oct. 22. The nearly $400,000 ad buy in La Crosse and Madison attacks Rep. Ron Kind’s record on spending and support for federal stimulus programs. [Why did he vote for it if he didn't want to defend his decision?]

The conservative 60 Plus Association spent $565,000 in La Crosse and Eau Claire airing ads accusing Kind, D-La Crosse, of ignoring seniors and cutting $500 billion from Medicare. [...sooo senior citizens should not be permitted to place political advertisements?]

Kind criticized the so-called secret money[ITS A CONSPIRACY!] he says conservative special interests[his own interests are not special?] use to spread misleading and false messages. [or maybe the truth hurts]

“They’re operating under the cloak of darkness[ROFL], trying to scare people, without revealing who they are and what they stand for,” he said Thursday. [I will give you three guesses what kinds of "special interests" that 60 Plus Association has...  Oh, look at what I found using that new thing called the "internet" Founded in 1992, the 60 Plus Association is a non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues.  EEEEEEVIL!]

The seven-term[career] Democratic incumbent[politician] faces Independent Mike Krsiean and [evil] Republican state Sen. Dan Kapanke, widely considered the most formidable opponent since Kind first was elected in 1996. [Hence he must be EEEEVIL and assuredly part of the cloak of darkness]

Money flowing into the district is an indication the seat is considered in play, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse political science professor Joe Heim said. [Wait, you better not mean he's not EEEEVIL]

“They don’t put this money into all 435 Congressional races. They put it into the ones that are most likely to turn,” he said. “Republicans need about 40 seats to take over control of the House. Seventy or 80 are perceived to be competitive. This is one of those.”

The Cook Political Report earlier this week moved Kind’s district from likely Democratic to leans Democratic. [Ut Oh.]

It was expected that Sean Duffy[EVIL] and Julie Lassa’s[victim] race for the open 7th District seat and Steven Kagen[v] and Reid Ribble’s[E] for the 8th — a swing district with a Democratic incumbent who’s only served two terms — would be attractive to outside groups, said Barry Burden, a University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor.

But the 3rd District’s jump onto the national radar is surprising — and the amount of money coming in remarkable, he said. [CONSPIRACY!]

“I think the support from groups like these really indicate the momentum of this campaign,” [Evil] Kapanke said [with a maniacal laugh] “I can’t imagine that they would put their money into this race if they didn’t think they could make a difference.” ["BWAH HA HA"]

It is more a way to build on the momentum [evil] Republicans have nationally than an endorsement of Kapanke’s [evil] strengths, Burden said. [whilst tossing salt over his shoulder]

The money probably comes at the right time for [evil] Kapanke [aka, the wrong time], Heim added. Kind’s cash on hand dwarfs his opponent’s 4 to 1 [...waaaait, I thought Kind was the victim...], but the special-interest money is [unfairly] chipping away at that fundraising edge.

Said Kind, “$1.2 million buys a lot of negative media. [I would know from running them.]  They’re running these negative ads just trying to see what might stick.  [Hopefully it's not the truth] I don’t mind people getting the message out, but it should be truthful.” [Kind then uncrossed his fingers from behind his back]

Of 60 Plus, Kind said, “their whole agenda is to privatize Social Security — they hand off to NFIB, then they hand off to Americans for Prosperity.” ["If you see these old people, send some teenagers dressed in goth over to scare em."]

Kind said he responds by talking up his advocacy for seniors[aka death panels], small businesses[aka wall street & bank/credit card bailout] and trying to shed light on those groups’ corporate agendas[like advocating for seniors over 60, can't get more corporate than that].

Democrats nationwide have been honing their attacks on a U.S. Supreme Court decision that blew the lid off undisclosed special-interest money. [not to mentioned protected free speech.  EVIL!]

These special interests[but not our own, snicker snicker] are going to pervert [(uhh, the word pervert is not politically correct)] the nation’s democracy and leave no fingerprints, [Heroic] Democratic Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Graeme [the Virtuous] Zielinski said.

[Evil] Groups like the NFIB, 60 Plus Conservatives, and Americans For Prosperity represent people all across the country that are concerned about the direction this country is headed,” [Darth] Kapanke’s campaign countered. “... These groups provide a way for regular [evil] people to band together and exercise their First Amendment right to free speech. [Devil Talk]

La Crosse Tribune

Let's get out there and exercise our right to free Devil Talk! 


Rasmussen poll: Johnson, 53%, Feingold, 46%

A new Rasmussen poll is out today. In a survey of 750 likely voters, Republican challenger Ron Johnson led U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) 53%-46%.
The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.

JSOnline All Politics Blog

Ron Kind said to require campaign cash to meet with doctors concerned about Obamacare

A couple of Eau Claire doctors are trying to shake up the sleepy congressional race in southwestern Wisconsin with their claim that they were told to come up with campaign cash before U.S. Rep. Ron Kind would meet with them to discuss a bill detrimental to their hospital.

The pay-to-play allegation has certainly roused the seven-term Democrat.

"Never in my time as a public servant have I asked or required people or organizations to make a contribution to my campaign in order to meet with me," Kind said in his written statement last week. "This claim is a lie and is an attack on my character."

Two doctors at OakLeaf Surgical Hospital contacted No Quarter last week with their three-year-old charge, which they detailed in affidavits provided to the paper. Kind's staff countered with their own set of affidavits challenging the doctors' story.

"I don't know the legalities," Michael Smith, one of the OakLeaf doctors, said in an interview. "But this is an official elected to represent us. What does this mean - if I don't have the money that he won't even meet with me to hear my side of an important issue for our district?"

Another surgeon at the physician-owned facility maintains in his sworn statement that an unnamed Kind aide in his Eau Claire office explained that the veteran politician "typically requires a contribution of $10,000 for a 1-2 hour personal meeting and $25,000 for a half day meeting."
The surgeon, who organized the event, asked that he not be named in exchange for providing the Journal Sentinel with his affidavit through his attorney, John Behling, a former aide to Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson. The surgeon declined to be interviewed, Behling said.

OakLeaf doctors wanted to talk to Kind about a bill, called the Champ Act, which would have banned the creation of any new physician-owned hospitals while prohibiting the existing ones from expanding their facilities. It also would have limited the percentage of a hospital that doctors could own individually and collectively.

Read the rest from Daniel Bice at JSOnline

HT Coulee Conservatives

Funny that the paper on the EAST side of the state has to break this story.  What does that say about the media in Western Wisconsin.  Makes a person wonder what else has been going on. 

MN DFL State Committee attack on priests! "Ignore the Poor"

"A recent postcard mailed the the MN DFL State Central Committee has a picture of a priest wearing a button that says "Ignore the Poor".

"The picture takes up the entire side of the postcard!"

"How low has the DFL party sunk that they would mail out pictures of a priest urging people to ignore the poor?"

"In their haste to try to run from the Democrat agenda of Higher Taxes and ever more Inefficient, Ineffective and Expensive Government programs, the DFL has gone too far."
"The other side of the postcard talks about Government Health Care. Government run health care means the end of Catholic Hospitals. I guess the Democrats have to demonize Catholics in order to justify their stand on Government Run Health Care."
HT Verso lAlto

Wow, even for Democrats its shocking.  I wonder if the Democrat National Committee is testing the waters in MN to start running ads like this throughout the US.

I see Ray also had a copy sent to him and also Tancred at  The Eponymous Flower.

UPDATE: DFL response 

UPDATE2: Catholic League takes on Minnesota DFL priest attack postcard

Cardinal Burke recieving new priest's blessing

This photo is His Grace receiving the first blessing of Canon Aaron Huberfeld after his ordination in the presence of Monsignor Wach and Canon Lenhardt, among others.
Saint Louis Catholic

Donkor-Baine jury selection begins today

La Crosse, WI, USA -- Jury selection begins today in the trial for a visiting Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a female parishioner.

Attorneys will impanel the jury in the Rev. Edmund Donkor-Baine case during a 9 a.m. hearing in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

Opening arguments in his two-day trial for misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault are set for Tuesday morning.

Donkor-Baine, 48, is accused of forcing a woman to touch his genitals and grabbing her breasts through clothing while the pair talked inside her vehicle in August, according to the complaint. The 48-year-old woman met with Donkor-Baine, a Ghana resident who came to the U.S. for medical care, for an emergency counseling session on her divorce.

She first reported the incident in September to Diocese of La Crosse, but a diocese investigation found no evidence to support the woman's claim. She reported the assault to law enforcement in December, reports stated. Donkor-Baine is represented by attorney Cheryl Gill, while District Attorney Tim Gruenke is prosecuting the case. The priest faces a maximum of nine months in jail if convicted.
Ghana Web

I have heard that the woman involved has done this before.  She has gone to dioceses and reported to have been assaulted and asked for money to keep quiet.  I do not know who the woman is.  But word on the street is she's a gold digger.  Remember then-bishop Listecki said at that time he "cannot conclusively determine what happened."

Why Proportionalism's argument for "reducing abortions" is wrong

This is a follow up to an anonymous commenter that posed that making or keeping abortion legal is good(morally speaking) if it reduces the number of abortions.  This is great explanation why it is an idea that is not compatible with Catholic thought.
Before launching into Aquinas' account of human action that proves so fatal to Proportionalism, one must first understand the substance of the teachings of Proportionalism. Veritatis Splendor sums up the error nicely: "[Proportionalism], while acknowledging that moral values are indicated by reason and by Revelation, maintain[s] that it is never possible to formulate an absolute prohibition of particular kinds of behavior which would be in conflict, in every circumstance and in every culture, with those values."1 Given the fact that the Ten Commandments, among other teachings, seem very absolute, one would think that it is difficult to hold such a view. The Pope explains the way in which the Proportionalists endeavor to bypass such a fundamental barricade: "The criteria for evaluating the moral rightness of an action are drawn from the weighing of the non-moral or pre-moral goods to be gained and the corresponding non-moral or pre-moral values to be respected. For some, concrete behavior would be right or wrong according as whether or not it is capable of producing a better state of affairs for all concerned."2

It is precisely because of the conclusion that there are no universal, morally absolute, intrinsically evil acts that the Church entirely rejects the Proportionalist view. Though the Proportionalists may be acting out of good intentions, the Church cannot in any way make allowances for their teachings. The Pope understands that Proportionalism is an attempt to "provide liberation from the constraints of a voluntaristic and arbitrary morality of obligation which would ultimately be dehumanizing,"6 for, without any real choice, a person is not using his reason and freedom of choice, which distinguish him from the animals. But Proportionalism is one of the "false solutions, linked in particular to an inadequate understanding of the object of moral action."7 Circumstances and intention can play a very important role in moral action, but they "can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object into an act 'subjectively' good or defensible as a choice."8 As was said before, Pope John Paul II does not delve into the question of circumstances and intent; for that, one must turn to St. Thomas Aquinas.
The whole article by Marissa Johannes is excellent in explaining the fallacy of Proportionalism.  I highly recommend reading the whole thing.

This is what the Jesuits who corrupted Ted Kennedy failed to realize.

OK, let's get our chairs and gather around in a circle folks

The Crescat recently posted that nothing good can come from sitting in a circle...

And as so often happens, it made me think of something the great GK Chesterton wrote:
As we have taken the circle as the symbol of reason and madness, we may very well take the cross as the symbol at once of mystery and of health. Buddhism is centripetal, but Christianity is centrifugal: it breaks out. For the circle is perfect and infinite in its nature; but it is fixed for ever in its size; it can never be larger or smaller. But the cross, though it has at its heart a collision and a contradiction, can extend its four arms for ever without altering its shape. Because it has a paradox in its centre it can grow without changing. The circle returns upon itself and is bound. The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travellers.
Orthodoxy(The Maniac) - GK Chesterton

Chesterton is greater than a genius.  He was a prophet.

This day is call'd the feast of Crispian!

I must say, I almost FORGOT! I can't believe Kathryn didn't remind me. Then I would have to wait a whole nother year to listen to this!

Sts Crispin & Crispian, ora pro nobis!

For more on the lives of these saints, see Regum Novum.

La Crosse Catholic Times profiles Sean Duffy and Julie Lassa

ASHLAND, Wis. – The battle for the 7th U.S. Congressional district in Wisconsin – which includes Chippewa, Clark, Marathon, Portage and Wood Counties in the Diocese of La Crosse – is being fought between Wisconsin state senator from the 24th district Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) and former district attorney for Ashland County Sean Duffy (R-Ashland). Lassa and Duffy are vying for the seat left vacant by Democrat David Obey, who is retiring after 41 years in the House of Representatives.

Duffy spoke to The Catholic Times about issues important to Catholics, while Lassa was unavailable – after repeated attempts to contact her through phone and e-mail. Much of the information about her positions on issues can be found at her campaign website and various media outlets and organizations supporting her candidacy.

Faith and integrity

A member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Ashland, in the Diocese of Superior, Duffy said, “I intend to take my Catholicism to Washington, D.C.” “I think our faith is a part of everything we do in our lives, whether as a husband, a father, my former role as a prosecutor and now as a candidate,” he said. “My faith has a role in every aspect of who I am.”

Although no mention is made on her campaign Web site of Lassa’s Catholicism, the Web site does state, “As the oldest of three children Julie learned the importance of hard work, the value of a dollar, and that honesty and integrity are a necessity. Those are the same values that Julie and her husband John are teaching their two daughters growing up in Stevens Point.”


The difference between Duffy and Lassa on the issue of abortion is clear cut – if only because of the organizations, such as the pro-abortion EMILY’s List headquartered in Washington, and Planned Parenthood, endorsing Lassa for her proabortion stance, despite being a Catholic.

Duffy sees the issue of abortion as a straightforward case of legal protection for the most vulnerable. “I am 100 percent prolife without exceptions,” he said. “It’s pretty straightforward. To qualify, I believe that if we have the life of a mother as an issue, the mother’s life takes priority, but we must make every effort to save the life of the child.”

Besides Roe v. Wade decision itself, the greatest threat, Duffy said, to the unborn at this time is the federal funding which will allow for abortions under the new health care reform law signed last March by President Obama.

“I’m opposed to this funding and want to make sure that the Hyde Amendment is continued,” he said, referring to the annual appropriations rider which outlaws federal funding of abortion. “As powerful as that amendment may or may not be, it’s all we have right now and I want to make sure that continues so federal dollars aren’t funneled into abortions in the U.S. or around the world.”

Extending his pro-life commitment to women as well as babies, Duffy said that he will also do all he can to address the issues facing both the unborn and expectant mothers. “I think it’s important that we have programs in place for women who find themselves with unplanned pregnancies,” he said. “If we’re pro-life, we need to help women who find themselves in that situation [by providing] life-affirming options so they can choose life. Our community and sometimes our government has to get involved to make sure we support women in that situation.”

Health care

On the issue of health care reform, Duffy and Lassa agree that more can be done than what the health care reform bill which President Obama signed into law last March proposes.

“The health care in place can be better,” Duffy said. “I don’t think this is the bill that was going to accomplish the end goal of increasing access and reducing costs. There are some good things in the bill. … But if you look at this 2,600 page bill and all that’s put into it and how it’s going to reform the system, I don’t think the end objectives will take place. This is a trillion dollar bill over 10 years with $500 billion from Medicare and another $500 billion from tax increases. … It’s not sustainable.”

But at the minimum, he hopes to be able to help strike any provisions that will fund abortions with federal funding. “If we’re going to take the bill and make it more effective, one of the parts we’re going to be looking at carving out, is the part about abortion,” he said.

At her campaign website, while admitting she’s not satisfied with the new health care law, Lassa said that Wisconsin will benefit from its provisions as they stand.

“The recently passed health care law, while needing improvement, contains many positive elements that help individuals and families,” the Web site states. “It prevents insurance companies from dropping our coverage when we get sick, bans discrimination based on pre-existing health conditions, creates tax credits for small businesses to provide health care to their employees, and lowers prescription drug costs for senior citizens. These are all positive steps forward.”
 Joseph O'Brien - The Catholic Times

I have never heard a Catholic candidate say "I intend to take my Catholicism to Washington, D.C."  What an idea!!

Happy anniversary Badger Catholics!

Today is the one year anniversary of The Badger Catholic blog!  Today also is the Memorial of St John Capistrano(new calendar), the great Italian Franciscan priest and 70 year old leader of a crusade against the Ottoman Turks whom were quickly razing and pillaging the Kingdom of Hungary.  In my opinion he is also definitely the basis of JRR Tolkien's Gandalf character, at least in a historical context(Gandalf was actually a member of a race of angels, not of the race of men).

As the battle rages on, cheers and slainte!
Kapisztrán Szent János, ora pro nobis!!

Pelvic Thrust Jesus

Or so that is what .someone who shall remain nameless. called it. This is located at the newly built (within the last few years) St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in St Charles, Minnesota.  Believe it or not, they do have a decent adoration chapel. But.... I'm not even sure what to say about this.... without potentially blaspheming...

Below is the former church and now bridal shop. 

I can only assume the town is named after this church.  Anyone know for sure?

Congratulate Cardinal Burke online

As a cardinal, Archbishop Burke will not only be elevated as one of the princes of the Church, but will be placed among the ranks of those who could become our future pope.

Archbishop Burke deserves enthusiastic congratulations for this honor and needs our encouragement to continue to be a shining example of how a faithful bishop can boldly speak out and effectively lead in today’s world.

Please complete the form below. All the names and comments of those who wish to congratulate the archbishop will be personally delivered to him at his office in Rome.

I can't even talk about the "P" word right now. 

Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac, martyr, ora pro nobis!

Umberger's next court date

Nobody is reporting it but I looked up on and Fr. Pat Umberger's next status conference is January 6, 2011.  I'm sure it a closed door kind of thing.  I haven't heard anything more about how this is moving along.

Video of Feingold's support for infanticide

HT Creative Minority Report

I posted on this a while back.  Here's the text of the hearing.  This is what happens when you put corporate sponsors like Planned Parenthood ahead of common sense.  Democrats have foolishly got in bed with abortion folks - so in bed that it is a platform issue...  Long gone is the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (which is too bad). 
The following exchange between Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) took place on the Senate floor on September 26, 1996:
Sen. Santorum: Will the Senator from Wisconsin yield for a question?
Sen. Feingold: I will.
Sen. Santorum: The Senator from Wisconsin says that this decision should be left up to the mother and the doctor, as if there is absolutely no limit that could be placed on what decision that they make with respect to that. And the Senator from California [Sen. Barbara Boxer] is going up to advise you of what my question is going to be, and I will ask it anyway. And my question is this: that if that baby were delivered breech style and everything was delivered except for the head, and for some reason that that baby’s head would slip out — that the baby was completely delivered — would it then still be up to the doctor and the mother to decide whether to kill that baby?
Sen. Feingold: I would simply answer your question by saying under the Boxer amendment, the standard of saying it has to be a determination, by a doctor, of health of the mother, is a sufficient standard that would apply to that situation. And that would be an adequate standard.
Sen. Santorum: That doesn’t answer the question. Let’s assume that this procedure is being performed for the reason that you’ve stated, and the head is accidentally delivered. Would you allow the doctor to kill the baby?

Sen. Feingold: I am not the person to be answering that question. That is a question that should be answered by a doctor, and by the woman who receives advice from the doctor.   And neither I, nor is the Senator from Pennsylvania, truly competent to answer those questions.  That is why we should not be making those decisions here on the floor of the Senate.

La Crosse St Joseph's Cathedral interior - 1893

Ask and ye shall receive! Thanks to Steve Kuhl for digging this photo up.

From UW La Crosse Murphy Library
At this point of success in his career, Mr. [Odin J.] Oyen must have remembered the difficult years of business when he still needed to establish his reputation as a competent interior decorator.  The older workmen in the firm told his son, Leighton, of the time when O.J. was denied the job of decorating St. Joseph's Cathedral in La Crosse by the elders of the cathedral.  They felt that O.J. Oyen was too young at age 23 to take on the job of decorating the cathedral.  However, Bishop Flasch directed them to award the contract to O.J. Oyen irrespective of age.  In doing so, the Bishop recollected when as a young priest assigned to a new parish, the congregation felt he also was too young to take on the responsibilities of their parish especially hearing confession and dealing with the problems of women.  In terms of appreciation and business volume, O.J. Oyen and his artisans had attained remarkable acceptance in the first twenty years of business.
I'm going to try and touch this up a bit with Photoshop to see if I can bring out a bit more of the detail.

In the index of this book it also says that Oyen also designed

St. Joseph's Cathedral - Minneapolis, MN - 1904
St. Patrick's - Madison - 1888 & 1917
St. Wenceslaus - La Crosse - 1888
St. Mary's - La Crosse -1905

Overall coverage of Archbishop Burke

Almost unbelievable.  Almost.

Our media had recently spent almost a year selling Thee Barack Obama as a historic election and that we should vote for him because it is historic and isn't this a historic time in history.

But now that we have a homegrown son of Wisconsin rising to the College of Cardinals and this is somehow controversial and *not* historic.

I would expect this from Lee Enteprises which runs:

Madison Wisconsin State Journal
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
Baraboo Baraboo News Republic
Portage Portage Daily Register
Chippewa Falls The Chippewa Herald
Racine The Journal Times
La Crosse, WI La Crosse Tribune
Winona, MN Winona Daily News

This is a big corporate conglomerate, and has forsaken any sense of journalistic integrity in the name of profitability.  The uppers at Lee Enterprises now serve their own interests and agendas instead of the people's.

The only Wisconsin paper I read every day is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and although they many times suck at religion reporting(as they did with the Burke story), at least they seem genuinely concerned about the news happening today.  They've had some very good in depth pieces.

A journalist certainly can be critical of the Church and her leaders if it's done ..... well when it's not politically motivated, when it's not manipulative, or when it's not completely ignorant. 

Several other papers in Wisconsin (Stevens Point, Green Bay, Oshkosh) actually ran the piece from the Wausau Herald I posted earlier.  Go figure, talk about the man growing up in Wisconsin, what a strange concept, who woulda ever thunk it?!?

Burke didn't get appointed to an abuse commission or spoke out about such and such a political thing that liberals don't like to hear, he was appointed to the College of Cardinals.  You may not like him, but it seems like a strange time to be critical since he didn't DO anything.  If he went golfing in Wisconsin they would write a piece about how controversial it was and how he probably cheated on his score.  Is there anything this man can do right?

Nice article on Burke in Wausau Daily Herald

The Rev. Raymond Burke in 1975
STRATFORD -- As an 8-year-old Richland Center farm boy, Raymond L. Burke was destined to enter the priesthood.

"Our mom bought him a cardboard altar because he was always playing priest," said Thomas Burke, his brother. "And I was his altar boy."

Thomas Burke, 64, of Edgar said people always ask him when his brother first decided to serve the Roman Catholic Church, but he never can give an answer.

"Being a priest has been in his heart since I can't remember," Thomas Burke said. "The Catholic faith has always been a huge part of our life, all of us. We're all strong believers. It's why we're really excited about him making cardinal."Archbishop Burke, who later was raised in Stratford as the youngest of six children, was selected Wednesday by Pope Benedict XVI to join the College of Cardinals -- the second-highest level in the Catholic leadership structure.
Continue at Wausau Daily Herald

Money isn't the only motivator

Try telling that to the capitalists.  I work for a very large German company and we were shown this video today. I laughed because it is impossible for a company of 50,000 people to care about craftsmanship in what they sell. When profit is the only bottom line, a company's employees can only but accept the premise.

Blessed Charles of Austria, ora pro nobis!

Today Spring Bank keeps the Feast of Blessed Charles of Austria, whose intercession we have invoked each week at Benediction for several years. His biography from the Vatican website gives a moving portrait of a man who saw peace and the welfare of his people to be the first duty of a Christian king:
Check out the whole post at Sub Tuum 

I am very happy to hear our Cistercians have a devotion to Blessed Charles.  The last king of Christendom is certainly one of the finest. 

The Blessed Emperor hears Mass (in the old Roman rite)
before attempting to regain his throne in Hungary in 1919

"From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring, renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king!

(The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien, Roman Catholic author)

Roman Christendom 

"The Colbert Report chaplain" to speak today at Mount Mary College

Jesuit author and editor Father James Martin, whose commentaries on Catholic life and values have been seen in such diverse venues as the New York Times, Fox News and "The Colbert Report," will deliver the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's annual Pallium Lecture on Thursday at Mount Mary College.

Martin, culture editor for the Jesuits' America magazine and author of the best-selling memoir "My Life with the Saints," will speak on joy, humor and laughter in the spiritual life.

Martin, who spent six years as a General Electric executive before joining the priesthood, has emerged in recent years as one of the foremost commentators on Catholic teaching. He's weighed in on such issues as health care reform and conservative pundit Glenn Beck's attack on social justice as a religious ethic.

The lecture opens at 7 p.m. with a prayer service by Archbishop Jerome Listecki at Bergstrom Hall at Mount Mary College, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway.

The Archdiocese says its free and open to the public.  He's very solid on Colbert.  I heard his books are excellent too.

Liberal Milwaukee priest reeling after Burke appointment

Fr Connell, SJ aka Grumpy Old Man
Tom Roberts(Fishwrap reporter) reprints something from a priest Milwaukee, Fr. James Connell, who threw a little nutty about Burke’s appointment calling it “unfortunate and disconcerting.”

The attack on soon-to-be-CARDINAL Burke has to do with the Dallas Charter.

The Milwaukee priest thinks Burke did something wrong regarding those provisions, that Burke disregarded the Church’s laws. Most people will simply scoff at that. I will go so far as to suggest that Archbp. Burke probably understood the parameters of the Dallas Charter and his own role as diocesan bishop pretty well.

Listecki's thinkin he needs to put his boot
on someones ass
The Milwaukee priest also thinks that Burke was unreasonable in requiring that people who make an accusation against a priest should have to offer proof.

Furthermore, the Milwaukee priest notes that the laws Burke set down for the Diocese of La Crosse way back when are still on the diocesan website today. We might point out that Burke hasn’t been bishop there for a long time now.

We might also point out that this Milwaukee priest is actually criticizing his own ordinary in Milwaukee. The present Archbishop of Milwaukee H.E. Most Rev. Jerome Listecki, was Burke’s successor in LaCrosse. Listecki chose to keep Burke’s norms. Thus, Fr. James Connell is also attacking Archbp. Listecki.

The priest in Milwaukee didn’t think this through very well before sending his attack on Burke to the NCR. NCR was nevertheless happy to use it to attack Archbp. Burke, thus instrumentalizing that priest in his naivete.

Story from National Catholic Fishwrap

Full post at WDTPRS 

You may remember that I posted on Fr. Connell's cowardly attack on Archbishops Burke and Listecki back in June.  Connell is a Liberal Jesuit and Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  It must be getting lonely over there with Bishop Sklba now in retirement.  Just because Fr Connell disagrees with the Church's teaching on contraception(I'm just guessing, he is a Jesuit) he demonizes those who uphold the time tested Moral Law.  And instead of meeting with the archbishops to discuss the matter of abuse handling, he shamelessly headlines himself in dissident publications.  His grandstanding has made him counter-productive to his supposed cause.


Relevant Radio broastcasts Marian Retreat Oct 21-22

Tune in to Morning Air® for insights into Marian Devotions, for stories of saints who had a strong devotion to Mary, for recommended Marian films and for Glen’s Story Corner and Three Questions all focused on the Blessed Mother.

Fr. Corapi, The Inner Life™, On Call™ and Go Ask Your Father™ will provide you with interesting and thought-provoking information about the Mother of Jesus that you will not want to miss.

The Drew Mariani Show™ brings experts, Bishop David Ricken, Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, Fr. Nicholas Federspiel and others, who will share their thoughts on topics ranging from Mary, Mother of Mercy to the Role of Our Lady in History and Today plus stories of conversion due to Mary’s intercession.

Consistory Pilgrimage sponsored by Diocese of La Crosse

November 16-23, 2010
November 18-24, 2010
Cost: estimated $2,500/person*

Pilgrims will have the option of choosing one of two itineraries.

The ITALY TOUR will depart on Tuesday, November 16 and arrive back on Tuesday, November 23, 2010.  The pilgrimage includes a brief overnight stay in Assisi; and a day trip to Genazzano.

The ROME TOUR will depart on Thursday, November 18 and arrive back on Wednesday, November 24, 2010.  This pilgrimage will be based in Rome and have scheduled leisure time.

*Room and Board

The estimated cost includes airfare, room and board.  However, those preferring single rooms will incur an extra cost.

Limited Availability

This pilgrimage is limited to the first 200 pilgrims who register with passport information and deposit.  At this time, we are still confirming details with Pentecost Tours.  Interested pilgrims will be notified when registration is available.


To receive notification of when registration is available, please contact Emily Dawson, Pilgrimage Coordinator at 608-791-2679 or
If anyone wants to sponsor sending the Badger Catholic (hey, I could do live blogging even), please let me know. ;-)  LOL!  Well I'm sure EWTN will broadcast this also for those of us playing at home.

Note to folks who want details of their event posted; please to not save something as an image and expect the word to get out.  Neither I or anyone else can copy the text and repost it.  I had to manually transcript what I see visually into a text document and paste that into the post.  Not only can no one search(via Google) to find the details(no search engine will do optical character recognition to do the work for you) but it is not handicap accessible to someone who is blind(or browsing on a cell phone).  It's the internet so don't handcuff important information to one file that cannot communicate to the outside world.

Full statement from Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke

I am deeply humbled and honored by the announcement that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI intends to name me to the College of Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church at the Consistory which he has convoked for this coming November 20th. Having received the news of the Holy Father’s intention, I express my deepest gratitude to His Holiness for the great confidence which he has placed in me, and I renew my commitment to serve Him, as Shepherd of the universal Church, in total fidelity and with all my being.

Considering the weighty responsibilities of the members of the College of Cardinals in assisting the Holy Father as his closest co-workers, even “to the shedding of blood,” I am more than ever conscious of my own weakness and of my total dependence upon the help of divine grace, in order that I may fulfill worthily and generously the responsibilities which will be mine, God willing, as a Cardinal of the Church.

I count upon the continued intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Communion of Saints, and the prayers of the many faithful whom I have been blessed to serve as priest and Bishop, especially in my home diocese, the Diocese of La Crosse, and in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, and of those with whom I have been, in the past, and am now privileged to serve in the Roman Curia, especially my co-workers at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Only the knowledge of God’s immeasurable and unceasing outpouring of mercy and love from the glorious pierced Heart of Jesus gives me the confidence to accept the great honor and burden which His Holiness intends to confer upon me.

Today’s announcement turns my thoughts with deepest affection and gratitude to my late parents and all my family, living and deceased; and to the priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful who have assisted me to know my vocation to the Holy Priesthood and to respond to it with an undivided heart over the more than thirty-five years of my priestly life and ministry. Today, with all my heart, I humbly thank God for the gifts of life, of the Catholic faith, and of my vocation.

At the same time, my thoughts naturally turn to the many challenges which the Church faces in our day in carrying out her divine mission for the salvation of the world. In particular, I am deeply conscious of the critical importance of the loving witness of the Church to the truth, revealed to us by God through both faith and reason, which alone is our salvation. It is a witness which Our Holy Father tirelessly gives with remarkable wisdom and courage. I pledge myself anew to assist Pope Benedict XVI in this critical witness and in the many works of his pastoral charity on behalf of all our brothers and sisters in the Church and in the world.

I ask for prayers that I may be able to assist our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the best of my ability and with every ounce of my strength. I, once again, place my whole heart, together with the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, into the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the glorious pierced Heart of Jesus, I am confident that I will find the purification, courage and strength which I will need to carry out the new responsibilities to be confided into my hands. I thank, in advance, all who will pray for me, and ask God to bless them abundantly.

(Most Rev.) Raymond L. Burke
Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Louis
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
October 20, 2010
Diocese of St Louis


Farm boy from Richland Center to become Cardinal Nov 20

As you may have heard, His Excellency Archbishop Raymond Burke was named as one of 24 newly appointed Cardinals(as expected).  He is not the first Wisconsinite to be named a Cardinal(thank you for the correction Rick!).

Rick's comment: Cardinal Alois Meunch of Fargo, North Dakota was born in Milwaukee. He spoke at Aquinas HS(La Crosse) in the 1930s. He was probably the first native Wisconsinite to be created cardinal in 1959 by Pope John XXIII. He was papal nuncio of Germany immediate after World War II. Milwaukee Archbishops Samuel Stritch and Albert Mayer were made cardinals when they were Archbishops of Chicago. Stritch was born in Tennessee. Mayer may had been from Milwaukee originally. BC: Mayer was born in Milwaukee to German immigrants.  
Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday that he will elevate former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke to be a cardinal. The announcement was streamed live on the Vatican's website at a little after 5 a.m. St. Louis time.

Burke was one of 24 bishops named a so-called "prince of the church," and one of two Americans on the list. After the official ceremony - called a consistory - next month, Burke will be part of a small group of bishops who elect future popes. Twenty of the 24 new cardinals-elect will be able to vote for a new pope. At 62, Burke will be one of the world's youngest cardinals, with 18 voting years in his future before aging out of the conclave at 80.

Burke left St. Louis after a relatively short 4 1/2 year tenure. In 2008, Benedict appointed him prefect, or head, of the Vatican's apostolic signatura, often called its supreme court, though the pope allowed Burke to retain the title "St. Louis Archbishop emeritus."

The signatura is the highest judicial authority in the Catholic church, and Burke is the church's second-highest legal authority after the pope himself. Each of Burke's 18 predecessors who led the signatura over the last century were cardinals.

Benedict also named Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl a cardinal Wednesday. Other new cardinals willl come from Poland, Brazil and Congo, among other countries.

The pope named cardinals most recently three years ago. The ceremony, November 20, will be the third consistory Benedict has called since he was elected pope in 2005.

When Benedict appointed Burke to Rome in 2008, he allowed the archbishop to keep the title of St. Louis Archbishop emeritus. On Wednesday morning, the St. Louis archdiocese release a statement from Burke saying he was "deeply humbled and honored" to be named a cardinal.

"I pledge myself anew to assist Pope Benedict XVI in this critical witness and in the many works of his pastoral charity on behalf of all our brothers and sisters in the Church and in the world," Burke said in the statement. "I ask for prayers that I may be able to assist our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the best of my ability and with every ounce of my strength."
In a statement, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson said the archdiocese was "very proud" that Burke has been named a cardinal.

"Cardinal-designate Burke's faithfulness and service to the Church have served the people of St. Louis well, and we proudly extend to him our congratulations, best wishes, and promise of prayerful support," Carlson said.
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