Monday, February 21, 2011

Catholic Priests/Nuns support pro-abortion WI unions

Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin, Inc.
2300 South Park Street, Suite 109, Madison, WI 53713, 608-255-0376

As people of faith, we oppose Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s plan to deny collective bargaining rights for public employees. Our religious traditions are very clear that workers, as human beings that have inherent dignity, have the right to form associations to improve their conditions at work. Statements issued by the following Christian denominations-- Roman Catholic, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, American Baptist, Christian Methodist Episcopal, Disciples of Christ, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church-- along with the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Union of Reform Judaism, Council on American Islamic Relations, Muslim American Freedom Foundation, the Unitarian Universalist Church and others, support the right of workers to organize and bargain with their employers over wages, benefits, and a voice on the job.

Teachers, public health workers, county/municipal employees and all people who provide vital services to our communities are under attack, falsely blamed for budget problems caused by the unemployment crisis and the drop in state revenues as businesses have closed, fewer people pay taxes, and consumers spend less. Wholesale attacks on public servants will only worsen this situation. Therefore we urge our legislators and Governor Walker to stop this bill and stand for genuine efforts to create jobs, improve standards, and respect all people who work and contribute to their families and communities.

NAME & TITLE ORGANIZATION/ AFFILIATION ZIP CODE E-MAIL

17. Sister Barbara Pfarr, SSND, School Sisters of Notre Dame,53235, bpfarr@ssnd-milw.org
18. Sister Mary Catherine Jarema, SSND School Sisters of Notre Dame, 53235
19. Rev. Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J. 53203 gregory.omeara@marquette.edu
21. Sister Janet Gregorcich, SSND Director, Global Partners Program, School Sisters of Notre Dame, 53235, jgregorc@ssnd-milw.org
28. Fr. Mike Berthram, St. Francis of Assisi, 53212, BerthramM@ArchMil.Org
29. Fr. Art Hei, St James, 53051, heinzea@archmil.org
30. Jim Zalinski OFM, Capuchin Justice Peace and Ecology, 53233, Zelito@Juno.Com
38. Rev.Jerry Schroeder, St. Benedict the Moor Parish, 53233, benspastor@sbcglobal.net
39. Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, Associate Professor/ Marquette University, 53201, bryan.massingale@marquette.edu
40. Fr. Mike Michaeliski, Catholic Priest on the East Side of Milwaukee, michalskim@archmil.org.
44. Sister Ruth Poochigian, O.P. Dominican Sister (Sinsinawa),53716, RuthOP@aol.com
51. Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Baxter, St. James and St. Joseph Catholic Parishes, 53715 and 53713, tbaxter@straphael.org
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HT Jeanne

I see some archdiocesan email accounts being used here....

6 comments:

  1. Fr. Mike Michalski is our pastor at Ss. Peter & Paul. How can I help?

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  2. I would contact the Archdiocese. Archbishop Listecki has ambiguously supported both rights of the worker and the employer, but the fact that the WEAC teachers union has supported both pro-abortion and pro-contraception legislation seems to not have been taken into account.

    You might also want to contact the pastor himself to inform him of the union's connections to anti-life legislation.

    And of course pray.

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  3. COALITION OF CATHOLICS TO HOLD ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND RETURN TO THEIR OFFICES IN THE STATE CAPITOL.
    They are not in the Capitol for a reason: to get your sympathy=offers of help for their "plight".
    How about some help for the plight of those who go to work in the Capitol every day? Please call or visit those people and ask them what goes on there since the Capitol was overtaken by these Senators' backers. Why are not these Senators in the Capitol with their backers? Go and see for yourself.

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  4. Hmmm. Lots of talk about rights and nothing about duties.

    “Right is limited by duty. I may exercise my right up to the point where my duty to others supercedes my right. A right ceases to be a right when it injures others’ rights.”

    Fr. Austin Fagothey SJ, in “Right and Reason”.

    Some of the Milwaukee-area names are familiar to us down here. Perhaps a refresher course on Ethics would be in order for them?

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  5. Thank you for the information on the offers for sanctuary. Let us pray for those who would rather offer sanctuary than instruct the ignorant, a spiritual work of mercy.

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  6. Thanks for this important listing Matt. We can all start with prayer for these priests and sisters. These are difficult times for sure!

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