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. 

Scapegoat: Marquette Student Expelled Over Gag Photo in Racial Hysteria

Given recent headlines, one would think that the Ku Klux Klan was running wild at Marquette. The Channel 12 website said:

MILWAUKEE — A disturbing and racially charged photo posted on Snapchat has some students on Marquette University’s campus upset.

“As a black student on this campus, I’m ashamed of what happened. It’s not right,” said Richard Nwabuzor, the vice president of the campus chapter of the NAACP.

[Deija] Richards said a lot of students in the black campus community don’t feel safe.

“I felt personally attacked, and I know a lot of people around me did,” she added.
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Loome Theological Booksellers launches campaign to keep brick and mortar location open

A forced relocation and a family medical crisis have imperiled the theological and educational work of the revered Loome Theological Booksellers of Stillwater, Minnesota. To keep connecting readers and seekers with real and good books, Loome Theological Booksellers has recently launched a GoFundMe Campaign in order to keep it’s brick and mortar location open.

Loome Theological Booksellers, formally established in the early 1980s, was the passion project of Dr. Thomas M. Loome, one of the first Catholic laymen to be awarded a doctorate of theology after Vatican II. Back in the 1970s, after apprenticing in the book trade with Richard Booth, “King” of the first international Booktown, Hay-on-wye in Wales, Dr. Loome began rescuing books from dying Catholic libraries, monasteries, and seminaries which were undergoing an inappropriate purging of their pre-Vatican II material in the midst of their own crisis in vocations and enrollments. He gathered them from locations all over North America and England into the Old Swedish Covenant Church in Stillwater, where he was also living and raising his young family.
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Catholic University Recognizes Pro-Abortion Club. Join the Protest.

Your voice is urgently needed because:

Scandal #1
: Going against its Catholic mission, Marquette University in Wisconsin currently recognizes a pro-abortion club on campus called Marquette Empowerment. Recognized clubs such as this one receive university funding.
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Text of Fr. Phillips Canon Law Letter to Cardinal Cupich

With the Archdiocese of Chicago refusing to shed light on precisely what it is charging the head of the St John Cantius order with, we are left to read between the lines.  Oakes has obtained the letter of Fr. Phillips to Cdl. Cupich regarding his canonical defense. 

To speak in layman's terms, Fr. Phillips' legal counsel argued that based upon the procedural actions and statements of the Archdiocese in March, the initial actions of Cardinal Cupich to remove Fr. Phillips from public ministry were unfair and unjust, or, more to the point, invalid under canon law. Fr. Phillips was prematurely judged guilty, harshly disciplined and publicly humiliated without, at that point, sufficient procedure or cause. Indeed, these actions were undertaken before the commencement of the formal investigation by the Resurrectionists. Because he was already guilty, testimony by any of the priests and brothers of the Canons - many of whom would presumably be in a good position to know about the existence or absence of "improper conduct" on the part of Fr. Phillips - was ruled out in the investigation into whether or not he was guilty.

Of course it sounds unjust. It also frankly sounds bizarre.
I assumed from the beginning that there must have been serious misconduct by Fr. Phillips, giving the benefit of the doubt to the Archdiocese.  Other than ideological warfare, it just doesn't make sense to go after the Canons like this.  It seems like Cardinal Cupich and the Archdiocese seriously overstepped here.  I'll wait for the next update.... but what I'm hearing makes it look very bad for the Archdiocese. 

Fr. Phillips Permanently Out at St. John Cantius, Faculties for Public Ministry Remain Withdrawn

A few hours ago, this letter from Fr. Gene Szarek, the Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Resurrection (the "Resurrectionists") - the order that investigated Fr. Frank Phillips, the pastor of Chicago's St. John Cantius, concerning allegations of "improper conduct involving adult males" - was released. It was enclosed in this week's bulletin at tonight's anticipatory Mass, and is now posted on the St. John Cantius website:

The letter stated that "(w)e accept the Archdiocese's decision that Fr. Phillips' faculties for public-ministry will remain withdrawn and that he will not return as pastor of St. John Cantius and as Superior of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius."
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Father Chris Alar to Lead Marian Retreat at Good Help Shrine June 30

(Champion, Wis.) – Considered one of the most captivating and inspiring messengers of the Divine Mercy message, Father Chris Alar will be the featured speaker for the Marion Retreat Day on June 30 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.

Father Alar, director of the Association of Marian Helpers, will give a two-part talk on “Mary and Divine Mercy: What We Learned at Fatima.” Part one of Fr. Alar’s discussion begins at 9:30 a.m. and part two begins at 1 p.m. There will be a group rosary at 10:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 11 a.m.

Fr. Alar’s road to become a Priest was unusual. Following high school, he was appointed to the United States Air Force Academy where he trained to be a fighter pilot. After receiving a medical discharge, he earned a degree in engineering, then his MBS from the University of Michigan and became a business owner. He then received God’s calling to serve, earned his Master of Divinity degree and now speaks about Divine Mercy around the world.

A great restoration St. Paul's Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, MN, is in my estimation a candidate for “grandest cathedral in these USA”. It is also the National Shrine of St. Paul.

One of the advantages of this cathedral is that is wasn’t badly ravaged by the liturgical vandals that swept across the Church with their jackhammers and whitewash and sentimental gewgaws. There was one casualty, however: the cathedra, the bishop’s chair, the symbol of his authority.

In the ancient Roman churches, the cathedra was placed in the center of the apse. The bishop would preach while seated in the stylized chair. Over time it was generally moved to the “Northern” wall of the sanctuary and surmounted by a canopy. In the Roman Rite, when the bishop was present at Mass or celebrant, it would also be draped in the color of the vestments. Moreover, like a classic Roman altar, it was elevated by an odd number of steps and it had a platform wide enough so that the bishop could be flanked by deacons.
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STrib: As archdiocese builds new system to address clergy sex abuse, trust grows

Tim O’Malley moved into a tiny, windowless office in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2014 facing a daunting task: To overhaul the often secretive way it addressed child sex abuse by priests.

O’Malley, former head of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, assembled a team of law enforcement leaders that scoured hundreds of abuse files from the past 60 years. They chased paper trails, interviewed witnesses, and laid the foundation for what is now seen as one of the nation’s most comprehensive archdiocesan child-protection systems.

That’s one of the most significant outcomes of the sex abuse scandal and the archdiocese’s bankruptcy. It recently reached a $210 million settlement with abuse victims. The constant spotlight on the archdiocese over the past four years injected pressures — and opportunities — to forge change, O’Malley said.
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Fanatic Friday: Guns N Roses edition

CapTimes Op-Ed: Catholic education may hold key to school discipline

In the last several months, WILL has argued that currently popular systems of discipline in American public schools are problematic from the standpoint of promoting a good learning environment. Perhaps in reaction to the overzealousness of the “Zero Tolerance” policies of the late '90s and early 2000s, many school systems have gone the opposite direction, promoting “feel good” discipline policies that result in worsened academic outcomes and reports of unsafe conditions for teachers and students.

But, like in many other contexts, private schools may offer an alternative solution on school discipline. A new study by the Thomas Fordham Institute examines student behavior in Catholic schools compared to other private and public schools. They argue that Catholic schools, far more so than other schools, focus on the notion of self-discipline. Self-discipline, in general, is an intrinsic motivation to engage in positive behavior. In the context of the classroom, this can be exhibited by properly dealing with anger, or avoiding impulsive behavior without the teacher having to intervene. It is a regular point of emphasis for Catholic schools around the country. Indeed, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee lists “self-discipline” as one of the core meanings of a Catholic education. But does this emphasis manifest in better behavioral outcomes?
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To Be Served

The paper has made its rounds, but if you haven't seen it a pretty funny slip.

Report: Review Panel has found St. John Cantius head "innocent" of misconduct charges

Dear visitors and contributors,

I have good news to share with everyone.

Sources close to the investigation have advised me that the review panel of the Congregation of the Resurrection has found Fr. Phillips innocent of the accusations which were the basis upon which he was removed as Pastor of St. John Cantius, and Superior of the Canons Regular.

We therefore would expect that Fr. Phillips should be permitted to return to his regular duties in the near future, unless Cardinal Cupich has other plans.

An official announcement is still due from the Archdiocese of Chicago in regard to this matter. Further developments are pending and will be announced as they develop.

Please keep Fr. Phillips and all concerned in your daily prayers until this matter is officially closed.

Thank you,

James Michael Francis Komaniecki

Sacred spot in Green Bay: Where Vince Lombardi prayed

While visiting Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Catholic Media Conference, I took a few moments this morning to walk over to the church where the legendary Vince Lombardi attended daily Mass: St. Willebrord’s, just a few blocks from the convention center and my hotel.

A plaque outside describes the special relationship Green Bay Packers coach Lombardi had to the place, noting that it was just a short walk from the Packer offices.
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MN-NPR: St. Paul/Minn Archdiocese needs $40M for sex abuse settlement. Here's where it's looking

FWIW: MPR hates the Catholic Church in a spectacular way.
The plan includes $5 million paid out from the archdiocese over five years, $4 million from three prominent Twin Cities Catholic high schools and a $3 million "voluntary contribution" from the nearly 200 Twin Cities parishes that operate under the archdiocese. That's on top of nearly $9 million raised already in land and asset sales.

The archdiocese also plans to tap money sitting in a fund it uses to pay health care costs for its employees.

The archdiocese has already sold $8.8 million in assets.

It's also selling the property of three Twin Cities Catholic high schools — Benilde-St Margaret's in St. Louis Park, Totino-Grace in Fridley and DeLaSalle in Minneapolis — to each respective school for a total price of $4 million.
Full article at MPR