Exciting program for Milwaukee Archdiocese's "2014 Liturgical Congress"

Photo from Ms. Vicki Tufano's parish.
I'm not sure why the child is barefoot as well...
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and in particular its document on liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will hold a conference to discuss liturgy. I was reviewing the program that details some of the speakers and their topics. So disappointing. It’s dripping with liberal theological talking points one would expect to find at, well, a 1978 Milwaukee Archdiocesan forum on Vatican II. One thing’s for sure, you’ll learn a lot about “diversity” by attending. This conference is proof of what Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke of when he discussed the success of the Virtual Council over the real Council.
I came across this gem from the talk on the Real Presence:

Real Presence – Encountering the Sacred

What do Catholics mean when we use the term ‘Real Presence’? Is it only the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, or do we mean something more? This workshop is designed to break open our Catholic theology of Real Presence (people, Word, minister, bread and wine [??!!]), and in so doing assist us to encounter the sacred nature of the Real Presence. (SC, 7)

Ms. Vicki Tufano

Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, IL
continue at Cream City Catholic

I found that Ms. Tufano serves as a "Pastoral Associate" at her parish, along with some "Deacon Couples," whatever those are. 


  1. I am really looking forward to the Badger Catholic's blog about Pope Francis' Apostolic Exortation.
    How will it be spun?

    1. Question #1: Is the English translation even reliable?

  2. DISLIKE. This is nonsense and I can't wait for this dreck to be purged from the Archdiocese. The retirements of Dean Daniels and Jeff Honore can't come quickly enough.

  3. While I'm certainly not defending the content of the program itself, as a clarification on the notion of "deacon couples", the wife of a permanent deacon plays a unique role in her husband's formation, and actually has to give permission for his ordination as his primary responsibility remains to her and any children.

    In the Archdiocese of Chicago (my father-in-law is a permanent deacon there) this relationship is often drawn out heavily in bulletins, parish staff listings, etc and it is not uncommon at all to see the deacon's wife's name listed in paretheses or to use a term like "deacon couple". However, In terms of her role the day-to-day function of his ordained ministry and how it is interpreted in the parish certainly varies from parish to parish with the same expressions of the good, the bad, and the ugly that we see in most every other staff position.

    1. I'm with Ed Peters that the only reasonable justification for men having to ask their wives' permission to be ordained deacons is that deacons are to be continent with the rest of the clergy. The wife having a right to conjugal relations in marriage must voluntarily give that up.

      I realize that there's been a super-secret document from the Pontifical Texts that supposedly says this isn't the intent of the canon law, but then why so secret? Why just an unofficial public comment saying it's OK?


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