Saturday, April 10, 2010

WCC Capitol Report, April 2010

The latest issue of the newsletter of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference contains
  • WCC Weighs in on Private School Busing
  • Director’s Corner: John Huebscher, Executive Director, on “prudential judgment”
  • Legislative Session Ends in April
  • Poor Given Greater Access to State Public Defenders
  • WCC Comments on Livestock Siting Rule
Regarding that last item,
On March 9, the WCC urged the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to amend its administrative rule governing Livestock Facility Siting to allow for greater input by local government. The rule, ATCP 51, governs the establishment or expansion of large livestock operations, also known as “concentrated animal feeding operations” (CAFOs). ...
Sort of an agricultural counterpart to merged parishes.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Dave Archibald's walk, and talk

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki in a Thought for the Week post from January mentions this.
A few days ago some very brave young people represented our archdiocese in Washington D.C. They marched for life. Joined by hundreds of thousands of other people, they made their presence known. ... Later, I was given a “hoodie” worn by the “Marquette High School Hilltoppers for Life,” as they marched for life in D.C. I was touched by the fact that they borrowed a statement I made in my installation homily, “one must sacrifice for the truth.”

That appears to be “Hilltoppers Defending Life” at Marquette University High School. Its adviser is Theology faculty member Dave Archibald. The CUF Milwaukee March 2010 newsletter says he will speak on his "Experiences in Catholic Education" tomorrow, Sunday, March 21, 2010, 2:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church Hall South 40th Street and West Oklahoma Avenue in Milwaukee. (If you attend, they say to enter by the door at the southeast corner of the church.)

P.S. Before getting his degrees, I see the Mr. Archibald was a graduate of Marquette High and of my parish's school.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Our Lady of Grace Media Info for Archbishop Listecki's Installation on 1/4/10 "The application deadline for credentials is December 28, 2009."

Trinity Academy, fifth anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Mass celebrated by Father Francis "Rocky" Hoffman, Senior Director of Mission, Programming, and Development for Relevant Radio, January 8, 2010 2:00 p.m., followed by Forty Hours of Eucharistic Adoration

The Archbishop's Catholic Schools Dinner January 14, 2010. "Please respond by January 1, 2010."


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Our Lady of Grace Believer tells tale of basilica: Businesswoman changes job to support landmark of her south-side youth, by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (on Susan Rabe, "first full-time executive director of the St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation")

Carols help with lessons of the season, by Mary-Liz Shaw, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Festival of Lessons and Carols starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at 914 E. Knapp St." St. Paul's Episcopal Church. See Welcome Timothy J. Benson

Auxiliary Bishops Callahan and Sklba to Celebrate Christmas Masses

How December 25 Became Christmas by Andrew McGowan, Biblical Arhaeology Review (via Prayer & Worship)


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Our Lady of Grace Bishop Sklba will Celebrate Mass for the Winter Solstice at Congregation of the Great Spirit, December 19, 2009 10:00 a.m.

Creative and Liberating Liturgies Workshop Facilitated by Victoria Rue, Ph.D. "Learning Goals: ... To offer theatre skills that can be utilized in creative and liberating liturgies such as characterization, improvisation, monologue writing." Today, you missed it. (via Modern Commentaries)

Catholic Charities executive director resigns, by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Catholic Charities has struggled financially over the past decade, losing nearly $1.8 million, posting annual deficits between 2000 and 2005, according to its federal 990s." The executive director was the uncommunicative Hannah Dugan.

Season for tzedakah giving, by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The [7 foot] Bayshore Menorah will be lighted, as part of a Hanukkah celebration, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, after a parade of 80 vehicles with rooftop menorahs through downtown and the North Shore."

Senate abortion vote called 'grave mistake', by Nancy Frazier O'Brien, Catholic News Service. "'Even our opponents claim they do not support federal funding for elective abortions and they want current restrictions to apply,' he [Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities] said. 'The way to settle this often misleading debate is simply, clearly and explicitly to apply Hyde restrictions to all the federal funds in this legislation.'"

Stritch president submits resignation, Milwaukee Catholic Herald staff. “In the past year, I have had to make many difficult decisions, so typical of a major transition during very tough economic times ... there are different leaders for different times, and the time is right for new leadership.” In this case, the different time is since last year.

Vocalist at Sacred Heart, Dec. 17, by Milwaukee Catholic Herald staff. Tatiana, at Sacred Heart Church in West Milwaukee.

Head of archdiocese schools faces drunken driving charge, by Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He said he was returning from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting."

Racine minister elected new ELCA bishop, by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "'I've had the privilege of going into a lot of churches as an assistant to the bishop,' he [Rev. Jeff Barrow] said, 'and I see a lot more life than I do death.'"

Prayer with an Infallible Guarantee, by Ron Rolheiser, OMI. Paradox: How we fulfill Christ's promise to us to answers our prayers. Literary reference: C.S. Lewis. (via Milwaukee Catholic Herald)


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Our Lady of Grace Weasel Journalism (Margaret O'Brien Steinfels bitching about John Allen at dotCommonweal.)

Liturgical Pioneers, Pastoral Musicians and Liturgists (weblog post in memory of those who made liturgy what it is today.) (via Prayer & Worship )

Health Care Bill Does Not Unfairly Restrict Abortions Letter to the Editors of the Wisconsin State Journal and Capital Times from Kim Wadas, Associate Director, Education & Health Care, Wisconsin Catholic Conference

A Site Worth Visiting, by Kerry Weber, In All Things. "Prior to a Dec. 9 Mass on the 30th anniversary of Sheen’s death, visitors to the cathedral [St. Patrick's, New York] will have a chance to prayerfully visit the crypt beneath the main altar. The crypt will be open between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and Mass in the cathedral will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Timothy Dolan, and members of Sheen’s family are expected to attend."

Listecki says he felt call to priesthood at early age, by Tom Kertscher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (No mention of playing Mass with mashed Wonder Bread hosts.)

December 2009 Newsletter, Catholics United for the Faith, Milwaukee Chapter. "Congratulations to Emeritus Bishop John W. Yanta, Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, who has accepted the Chapter’s Msgr. Alphonse S. Popek Award for 2010."

Annual Education Fund Dinner and Auction, Wisconsin Right to Life, Thursday, April 29, 2010, Midwest Airlines Center. Special Guest Speaker: Senator Rick Santorum

Stupak Amendment Preserves Long-standing Protections, Eye on the Capitol, November 18, 2009, by Kim Wadas, Associate Director, Education & Health Care, Wisconsin Catholic Conference


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Our Lady of Grace Islamic community celebrates festival of sacrifice: Imam calls for standing up against extremism, by Mark Johnson, Milwuakee Journal Sentinel
"The imam signaled it was time for serious prayer and contemplation.
"'You do not pray when you are chewing gum,. he said. 'Please no chewing gum.'"

Milwaukee Synod to pick new bishop, Religion Briefing, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (A new bishop for ELCA Lutherans, too. It's an episcoalooza.)

Local efforts to aid deaf must increase, say deaf ministers, by Karen Mahoney, Special to your [sic] Milwaukee Catholic Herald

Welcome new archbishop and win Wave tickets!, Parenting staff, Milwaukee Catholic Herald (Like dessert if you eat your vegetables?)

Tim on Thanks, by Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia "Archbishop-elect Jerome Listecki's inaugural Mass will take place in St John's Cathedral on Monday, 4 January, at 2pm."

U.S. Bishops Voice Disappoint Over Abortion-Funding Provisions in Senate Health Bill, Archdiocese of Milwaukee (You know what they ment.)

Welcoming Anglicans not anti-ecumenical, by Catholic News Service (It's ante-ecumenical.)

Why do Catholics … celebrate four weeks of Advent? and The Advent Wreath is a familiar Catholic custom. What are its origins? What do the colors of the candles mean? at Living Our Faith (Note reference link to Catholic Encyclopedia of 1917)


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Our Lady of Grace Islamic Society suspends participation in Interfaith Conference, by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "[Steven A.] Miller, the Episcopal bishop, said only that [Othman] Atta is "not in a position equal to those who go to the [separate religious leaders'] breakfast." (Equality with Bishop Miller is not something to be grasped.)

Show to interview Archbishop Listecki, Religion Briefing, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"'Living Our Faith,' the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee's weekly television show, returns for a third season Nov. 28 featuring an interview with newly appointed Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki.
"Listecki's predecessor, New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, and Catholic writer and ethicist George Weigel will appear Dec. 6..."

Archbishop-designate makes 'positive' first impression, by Amy E. Rewolinski, Milwaukee Catholic Herald. "What does he like, what does he not like, in the celebration of the Eucharist?’” Daniels [Dean Daniels, coordinator of the Office for Liturgy for the Milwaukee Archdiocese] said his questions will be. “So that when we do celebrate publicly for the first time with the archbishop-designate, that we celebrate as the church wants, and as he wishes.” (So are those the same thing, or not?)

Lutheran group considers leaving ELCA over gay vote, by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. ""It's too bad," said Olson [David Olson, interim bishop for the ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod], who will serve until a new bishop is elected in December. "It divides our strength, and I don't think they'll fare any better than the ones (that have broken away) in the past." (For example, every Lutheran denomination?)

Reports say Pope John Paul closer to being declared venerable, by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

After taking wrong path, writer Wilkes finds new direction, by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Along the way, [Paul] Wilkes wrote more than a dozen books, many on religion, and often Catholic life (including a biography of former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland)." (Mr. Wilkes once called Archbishop Weakland "as normal as the next guy when it came to having an attraction to the opposite sex.")


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Our Lady of Grace ...Pope Lifts High La Crosse, "Pope Benedict has named: Bishop Jerome Listecki of LaCrosse ... as archbishop of Milwaukee." by Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia, November 14, 2009

CUF Newsletter October-November 2009, Catholics United for the Faith, Milwaukee: "Jerry Schmutte will discuss, 'Mary and the Muslims,' Nov. 15"

Testimony in Support of SB 362 - Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity, November 10, 2009, Wisconsin Catholic Conference

On Litmus Tests for Christian Discipleship, by Ron Rolheiser, OMI, November 1, 2009. Paradox: "Can a single issue become a litmus test? ... In a sense, yes, though this must be carefully nuanced." (via Milwaukee Catholic Herald)

Eye on the Capitol - Making Serious Choices About Sex Education in Public Schools, by Barbara Sella, Associate Director, Respect Life and Social Concerns, Wisconsin Catholic Conference, November 6, 2009

Capitol Update, November 6, 2009, Wisconsin Catholic Conference;
Contents Include:
1. Advocacy on Health Care Reform Still Timely
2. Bill to Revamp Sex Education Slowed Until 2010
3. WCC Backs Parity for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
4. No Action on Window Legislation This Year
5. Legislature in Recess Until January
6. Upcoming Hearings of Interest
7. New Bills of Interest
8. Websites of Interest


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Our Lady of Grace WCC to Planned Parenthood: Respecting Parents, Local Leaders is No Danger to Children, November 5, 2009 press release, Wisconsin Catholic Conference

The Joy of the Groove, by Ron Rolheiser, OMI, October 25, 2009. Literary reference: James Hillman, 'The Force of Character'; paradox: appeal of repetition. (via Milwaukee Catholic Herald November 5, 2009)

Human Growth and Development Instruction Should Respect Parents, Local Educators, October 30, 2009 press release, Wisconsin Catholic Conference

Why Eucharistic Adoration Disturbs Some Liturgists, by James Hitchcock, Adoremus Bulletin, October 2009

CPJ newsletter, September 2009, Catholics for Peace and Justice, Milwaukee. "It is a fact that we Americans often gather our “facts” [the Cliff Notes version] from pundits, email and the media rather than reading the documents ourselves." (page 5); "The [Four Corners Fair Trade Education] Committee has also purchased a number of videos on these subjects which are available for use by teachers and families." (page 7)


Friday, July 3, 2009

New Old Catholic Archbishop and other news

Religion briefing, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Catholics for Peace and Justice July 2009 Newsletter

2009 Theology on Tap Schedule Announced, Archdiocese of Milwaukee (more)

Rite comes for the archbishop: Conservative branch of Catholicism installs new national leader in Wauwatosa, by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ("branch" meaning the "Old Roman Catholic Church of America", that is, the Old Catholic Church of America)

10 ordained to diaconate, Ordinations to the diaconate continued, Milwaukee Catholic Herald

Ethel M. Gintoft, remembering a Catholic Herald legend, by Maryangela Layman Roman, Milwaukee Catholic Herald, June 25, 2009

Catholic Herald wins media awards, Milwaukee Catholic Herald

3 priests retire from active ministry, Milwaukee Catholic Herald, (Father Kenneth Metz, Father Jerome Rinzel, and Father Karl Acker)

Seniors, students spin a good yarn: After-school prayer shawl ministry unites parish community, by Marilyn Jozwik, special to "your" Milwaukee Catholic Herald

Suicide leaves lasting hurt for survivors: St. Peter bereavement ministry aims to provide consolation, by Tracy Rusch, Milwaukee Catholic Herald

Enrollment down, costs up; St. Luke School closes, by Tracy Rusch, Milwaukee Catholic Herald (see Lukewarm about the parish school)

Parish celebrates 144 years of education: St. Catherine now part of merged Northwest Catholic School, by Amy E. Rewolinski, Milwaukee Catholic Herald (that's two closed schools in this issue)

Fr. Massingale receives MU's top teaching award: Priest approaches classroom time as ‘spiritual exercise’, by Amy E. Rewolinski, Milwaukee Catholic Herald

Beyond the impasses...prayer and reframing the question, by Bishop Richard J. Sklba, Herald of Hope column, Milwaukee Catholic Herald

Losing a Prophet, by Ron Rolheiser OMI (via Milwaukee Catholic Herald)


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Rolheiser: disturbed or disturbing? and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Casa Maria Catholic Worker House January 2008
"Burger King is next on the list and so far they’ve been a tough cookie."

Catholic Knights presents Living Our Faith with Archbishop Timothy Dolan - Episode #5
"Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker join[ed] Archbishop Dolan to talk about challenges our community faces in 2008.
"Students from St. Andrew School in Delavan share[d] their New Year's Resolutions and talk[ed] about the importance of keeping promises."

An Invitation Inside of Christmas
This column by Father Ron Rolheiser ran in the December 20, 2007 issue of "our" Milwaukee Catholic Herald.
"And so some of us send Christmas greetings urging delight, celebration, gifts, lights, and joyous song, while some of us send more stark greetings that say: 'May the peace of Christ disturb you!'"

Advent - A Time to Learn How to Wait
This column by Father Ron Rolheiser ran in the December 13, 2007 issue of "our" Milwaukee Catholic Herald.
"Annie Dillard shares this story about proper waiting: She had been watching a butterfly emerge from its cocoon..." (It'll be a long wait. If it had a cocoon, it's a moth, not a butterfly.)

Religion Briefing
From the Dec. 29, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, including,
"John Braun and the Sheboygan-based Riverfront Ramblers will present a Dixieland jazz worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church ..."


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Solar Auxiliary Power, and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Think Priest Video
- Hear from the Seminarians, Rector Father Don Hying & Archbishop Dolan as they share their thoughts on St. Francis Seminary.
- Archbishop Dolan's shares his story on his calling to the priesthood.
- Matt Widder talks about taking on the life of a seminarian.

Capitol Update December 7, 2007
Wisconsin Catholic Conference
Contents Include:
1. WCC Opposes Changes to Rules for Abuse Claims
2. WCC Supports Bill to Criminalize Human Trafficking
3. WCC Supports Increased Funding for Public Defenders
4. WCC Supports Parental Leave for School Activities

WCC backs greater access to legal services
December 7, 2007 press release, Wisconsin Catholic Conference (on no. 3, above)

Brookfield pastor charged with possessing crack
St. John Vianney [stats D4 11th/16 33%] priest had served Weakland. By Tom Heinen. From the Dec. 12, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Advent - A Time to Learn How to Wait
This column by Fr. Ron Rolheiser ran in the December 13, 2007 issue of "our" Milwaukee Catholic Herald. "...Chastity is not, first of all, something to do with sex. ..."

Religion Briefing
From the Dec. 15, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, including "Archbishop is guest at Anglican Catholic Mass" (that's the Anglican Catholic Archbishop).

Faith and Everyday Life
by Rev. James Lobacz, Vocations Office, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, from Life Long Faith Formation Weekend. (That's everyday life with Bernard Lonergan.)

Bishop Sklba will Celebrate Mass for the Winter Solstice at Congregation of the Great Spirit [stats D14 12th/14 32%]
December 16th (Where did the year go?)

Vespers Service to Welcome Bishop-elect William P. Callahan, OFM Conv.
December 20th at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist [stats D13 4th/13 55%]

Catholic Knights presents Living Our Faith with Archbishop Timothy Dolan - Episode #4
December 22nd


Saturday, December 8, 2007

Dolan's reliever, and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Catholic Knights presents Living Our Faith with Archbishop Timothy Dolan - Episode #2
"Milwaukee Brewer pitcher Jeff Suppan joins Archbishop Dolan on this week's show to talk about baseball and faith." (Couldn't watch due to conflicting instructions to put us Christmas tree and lights.)

Religion Briefing
By Tom Heinen. From the Dec. 8, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Including "New Berlin church to open labyrinth. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church [stats D4 16th/16 27%], 12700 W. Howard Ave., New Berlin, is opening its labyrinth for prayer from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Dec. 20."

Kenosha homeless shelter plans take shape
Churches, Shalom Center hope to begin construction next year. By Karen Mahoney. Special to your [sic] Catholic Herald. December 6 Catholic Herald Feature Article at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee web site. (At the moment, what was "our" Milwaukee Catholic Herald's web site links to a domain registration service, as if the domain name is available.)

Advent Longing
This analogy-retentive column by Father Ron Rolheiser ran in the December 6, 2007 issue of "our" Milwaukee Catholic Herald.

Testimony in Support of SB 195 - School Activities Leave [2 pp. pdf]
December 6th, by Kim Wadas, Associate Director, Wisconsin Catholic Conference, to the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Education

Testimony in Support of AB 544 - Human Trafficking [pdf]
December 5th by Barbara Sella, Assistant Director, Wisconsin Catholic Conference, to the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice

Testimony in Support of SB 321 - Eligibility for State Public Defenders [2 pp. pdf]
December 4th by Barbara Sella, Assistant Director, Wisconsin Catholic Conference, to the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections and Housing

Christianity Is Not For Wimps! [6 pp. pdf]
by Rev. James Lobacz, Vocations Office, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, from Life Long Faith Formation Weekend. (All are wel-elcome, all are wel-elcome, all are wel-elcome, 'cept...the...wimps.)

A Curriculum for Becoming Human with Dr. Michael Downey
December 13th "keynote speaker for the newly-inaugurated Kendall Lecture Series at Cardinal Stritch University".

Catholic Knights presents Living Our Faith with Archbishop Timothy Dolan - Episode #3
December 15th on Milwaukee's Channel 12


Saturday, December 1, 2007

'A menorah made of bowling pins?' and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Festivities abound for Festival of Lights
Hanukkah celebrations across Milwaukee begin this week. By Tom Heinen. From the Dec. 1, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "A menorah made of bowling pins? A giant inflatable dreidel? Those are just two signs of Hanukkah that will be visible locally. ..."

Casa Maria Catholic Worker House December 2007 Newsletter
"If you are planning on donating new Christmas presents to Casa Maria for the families, we ask that you donate them unwrapped before the 15th at the latest. If possible, please include wrapping paper."

Religion briefs
From the Dec. 1, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Felician Sisters celebrate 100 years of caring for youth
Child Development Center of St. Joseph marks centennial. By Amy Guckeen, Milwaukee Catholic Herald, November 29, 2007.

Burmese refugees settle into home in Kenosha
Pleasant Prairie parish helps family adjust to new life. By Karen Mahoney, Special to "Your" Milwaukee Catholic Herald, November 29, 2007. (The parish is St. Anne [stats D1 6th/10 34%])

Christ the King and Showing No Weakness [4 pp. pdf]
Homily, the Solemnity of Christ the King, Year C, Father Nathan Reesman, St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, Elm Grove

Introducing... Relevant Radio 950 AM in Chicago!
"We were informed only just recently that the lease agreement with Relevant Radio for WAIT 820 AM, set to expire at the end of November 2007, will not be renewed. Therefore, we will no longer be broadcasting Relevant Radio on 820 AM as of November 25, 2007." (820 AM become the new home of WCPT "Chicago's Progressive Talk")

We're on the road to priesthood [pdf]
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee's 2007-2008 Seminarian Poster features some roads less-traveled.

Milwaukee CUF December 2007 newsletter [4 pp. pdf]
December 16th Dinner celebrates the birthdays of Jesus Christ and Msgr. Alphonse Popek


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Holy rollers, and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Vocation Teams Workshop 2007
slideshow includes the God Squad VW Beetle

Religion Briefing
From the Nov. 24, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Faith-based music reflects artist's faith-based life
Gary Clausing lives what he sings, by Maryangela Layman Roman, Milwaukee Catholic Herald, November 22, 2007

Students learn at the foot of Packer kicker
[Mason] Crosby speaks of dreams, goals at Plymouth school, by Cheri Mantz, Milwaukee Catholic Herald, November 22, 2007

Coach puts faith at heart of football program
For Bob Hyland, it's not winning at all costs, by Maryangela Layman Roman, Milwaukee Catholic Herald, November 22, 2007

Marking an Anniversary
Father Ron Rolheiser's 25th year as a columnist, with "our" Milwaukee Catholic Herald (November 22, 2007) among the "60 papers in a dozen countries" to carry it.

On Heaven, Celibacy, and Chocolate Sundaes [5 pp. pdf]
Homily, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 11th, 2007, by Father Nathan Reesman, St. Mary’s Visitation Parish [stats D4 11th/16 33%]

Prayer Service for Peace
Thursday, November 29, 7pm at St. Stephen's Parish [stats D15 2nd/18 48%]

Milwaukee CUF Newsletter Oct.-Nov. 2007 [4 pp. pdf]
"the recipient of the Twentieth Annual Msgr. Alphonse S. Popek Award will be Father John Corapi, SOLT."


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Peace calls wager, and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Religion Briefing
From the Nov. 17, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Capitol Update, November 16, 2007 [2 pp. pdf]
Wisconsin Catholic Conference
1. WCC Supports Criminalizing Human Trafficking
2. New Bills of Interest:
SB-309 and AB-569 Bans local ordinances, resolutions and policies that prohibit immigration status inquiries and reports to the federal government about the presence of illegal aliens; authorizes a private right of action.
SB-310 Changes affecting anatomical gifts.
SB-321 and AB-576 Criteria for determining indigency for purposes of representation by the State Public Defender.
AB-574 Regulates payday loans.

Vigil and Nonviolent Direct Action to Close the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC)
- November 16-18, 2007

Raffle for Resistance
The War Resisters League 19th Annual, deadline November 22, 2007


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Less human trafficing, more bishops traveling, and other news

News first, then upcoming events.

Religion Briefing
From the Nov. 10, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Testimony in Support of SB292 - Combatting Human Trafficking [pdf]
before the Senate Judiciary and Corrections Commitee, by Barbara Sella, Associate Director, Wisconsin Catholic Conference, November 7, 2007

Church-based group 'officially' opens new site
Not its web site. Erin Richards reported the November 4, 2007 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the new offices, at 502 N. East Ave., of Cooperating Congregations of Waukesha County, which assists the poor and homeless.

Anti Trafficing Law Deserves Support [2 pp. pdf]
says John Huebsher, Executive Director, Wisconsin Catholic Conference, about AB544, in 'Eye on the Capitol' November 2, 2007

The Prophets: Muslim and Catholic Perspectives
November 10th at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. "Dr. Deirdre Dempsey, Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University and Janan Najeeb, Director of the Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition present Catholic and Muslim perspectives on Prophets. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, engage in dialogue over lunch, and observe Muslim Prayer."

Bishops To Meet November 12-15 In Baltimore
The USCCB Office of Media Relations reported "At the assembly the bishops will elect USCCB president, vice-president and committee chairs, and vote on Faithful Citizenship, a statement which the USCCB issues every four years; and Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, a revision of the guidelines for music at Mass." The music we hear now has guidelines?


Saturday, November 3, 2007

Infierno, y otras noticias

News first, then upcoming events

Religion briefs
From the Nov. 3, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On the Rich Man and Lazarus [4 pp. pdf]
by Father Nathan Reesman, Homily, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 30th, 2007, St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, Elm Grove
"If there is no such thing as Hell, then I don’t know what Jesus was talking about in today’s Gospel."

Vive Tu Fe: Católica
7 Novembre a Centro Parroquial Strenski, de la Parroquia San Marcos [stats décimo/10 27%], en Kenosha
'¿En qué se diferencia la Iglesia Católica de otras Iglesias, denominaciones o religiones?
'¿Es lo mismo asistir a esta Iglesia que aquella otra?'
Buenas preguntas.

A Theology of Judaism in 7th Century Byzantium: Maximus the Confessor
November 8th, Fall 2007 Wade Chair Lecture, by Fr. Philipp Renczes, S.J., Ph.D., at Marquette University


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Recalls, calls, and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Chicago Jesuit chief unveils rules to deter sexual abuse
Not a "Five years ago today" feature; Tom Heinen reports in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Religion Briefing
In today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

November 2007 newsletter
Casa Maria Catholic Worker House, Milwaukee

September 2007 newsletter [5 pp. pdf]
Catholics United for the Faith, Milwaukee

Living Your Faith - Again
October 29th, Oak Creek Community Center, inviting "Catholics who have been away from the Church, people who are new to the area, and active Catholics to an event that shares what it means to be a Catholic today. Archbishop Dolan will be the keynote speaker." Sounds more like a cause than an education capital campaign does.

Call to Action Conference
November 2-4 in Milwaukee


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Do you want pizza with that planning? and other news

No "Religion Briefing" in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Annual Vocation Team Workshop
October 24th "Calling all Parish Vocation Teams!"

Pizza with a Purpose
October 24th Catholics for Peace and Justice, at SS. Peter and Paul Church [stats D13 13th/13 29%]

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Annual Parish Leadership Conference
October 27th "At the general sessions
- Archbishop Dolan will discuss the challenges & opportunities ahead
- Fr. James Connell, Vicar for Planning, will share his vision for planning
- You will be introduced to LIVING OUR FAITH, our Evangelization initiative
You will be able to choose either:
- District sessions where we will begin the wider dialogue on these key initiatives. OR
- A session on the Capital Campaign: Faith in our Future"

Archbiship Dolan Interview to Air on Sirius Satellite Radio
October 27th and repeated October 28th

Trinity Academy Annual Fall Dinner
November 1st, featured speaker Archbishop Timothy Dolan


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Prince of Peace now Premier, and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Religion briefs
From the Oct. 13, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Premier of Peace Makers – an Original Choral Composition [7 pp. pdf]
"Bonnie Scholz, choral director at the school, a long admirer of SSSF music, has commissioned Sister Marion Verhaalen to write a choral composition for the three Pius XI High School choirs on the theme of 'peace.' Peace Makers will premier [sic] at the school’s October 16th Fall Concert to be held in the SSSF St. Joseph Chapel at 7:00 p.m. The central theme of the new work is the Beatitude, Blessed are the Peace Makers. The concert will also feature a guest appearance by the adult choir from St. Eugene Parish in Fox Point, Wisconsin." [stats D11 6th 34%] Here's the press release [pdf]
Pius XI singers to perform peace-themed concert by Tom Heinen. From the Oct. 13, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Catch Faith Here!
October 19, the 2007 Lifelong Faith Formation Conference, Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center, Waukesha

Men's Weekend
October 18-21, 2007 Cursillo in Christianity, at St. Rose of Lima Church, Milwaukee [stats D13 11th 38%]


Saturday, October 6, 2007

Eu2charist, and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Religion Briefing
From the Oct. 6, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, including "Service designed around rock band U2"
"The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 E. Silver Spring Drive, will celebrate a U2 Eucharist using the Irish rock band's music, social message and biblically rich lyrics at 9 a.m. Sunday to raise consciousness and support for the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals."

Episcopal Visit by Bishop Sklba Oct. 6-8 to St. Patrick Parish, Racine
[stats D2 1st 47%] "Monday he will meet with the parishioners, staff and pastor of the parish." One on one?

Divine Mercy Conference
October 12-13, 2007 "A two day experience filled with Mass, prayer, fellowship, and renowned inspirational & educational speakers." Blessed Sacrament Church [stats D16 4th 49% +4%] Milwaukee

Celibacy: Let's Talk About It
The local Voice Of The Faithful chapter isn't online, but meets October 13, 2007 9:30 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall (across the street from St. John Vianney Church [stats D4 11th 33%]) in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Speakers are Stephen Boehrer, Ph.D. "The things that troubled him when he wore a Roman collar continued to trouble him, even after his marriage to his colleague, Rita Sheridan..." and Rev. Richard Schlenker, Ph.D. "He taught at De Sales College Seminary, 1972-82 and at Saint Francis Seminary, 1982-87 while simultaneously teaching part-time at Marquette University, 1982-85. He was a faculty member of Sacred Heart School of Theology, 1985-1998."

September 2007 Newletter [5 pp. pdf]
"Rev. Father Frank J. Sanfelippo ... will receive the Nineteenth Annual Rev. Msgr. Alphonse D. Popek Award" and will speak on "The Challenges to the Chosen" at a dinner Sunday, October 14, 2007 at "Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 5311 South Howell Ave. (across from Mitchell International Airport) ... 5:00 P.M. - Social Hour ... 6:00 P.M. Dinner ..."


Saturday, September 29, 2007

Local Anglicans heterodox, and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Bishop supports Episcopal resolution
Tom Heinen reports in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Although some parishes have broken away from the church in other parts of the country, orthodox Anglicans are a minority here and no local parishes are known to be considering such action, said Bill Chapin, president of the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Anglican Council."

Archbishop Dolan's letter to the Faithful of Green Bay
September 28, 2007 "As you perhaps have heard, Pope Benedict XVI has asked that I serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Green Bay until he can appoint a new bishop."

Capitol Update September 21, 2007
from the Wisconsin Catholic Conference. Contents Include:
"1. State Budget Update
"2. WCC Testifies [2 pp. pdf] on Coercive Abortion Bill [5 pp. pdf]
"3. Upcoming Hearings of Interest [Transportation aid to school districts. Providing information about the human papillomavirus to schools and to parents of pupils in grades 6 to 12.]
"4. New Bills of Interest [Regulation of payday loan providers.]"

Spiritual journey to include helping the environment
[For Sukkot] Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee, a Jewish social-action group whose name means "repair of the city," ...
"This year, the group will seek ways to improve the city's environment at a Brunch & Learn program on Sept. 30 entitled 'From Silver to Dross: Pursuing Environmental Justice.'"

Exploring Priesthood Weekend
October 5-7, 2007 "held at Mundelein Seminary"

Annual Life Directions Weekend 2007
"A weekend for Single Catholics, ages 18-45, will be held on October 5-7, 2007 at the Schoenstatt Retreat Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
"Vocation Ministers of the religious groups of the Milwaukee Archdiocese will be on hand..."


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Christensen inbound, Zubik outbound, and other news

News first, then upcoming events

Religion Briefing
From the Sept. 22, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, including
"Harvest Bible Chapel, a contemporary evangelical church with 'bold, unapologetic' preaching from the Bible and more than 9,000 members on three campuses, will open a new chapel with an inaugural service at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Value Cinema, 6912 S. 27th St., Franklin."

Homily, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, year C [2 pp. pdf}
by Father Nathan Reesman, St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, Elm Grove
"... Discipleship strips us of everything at times and gets us down to the one thing in life that really matters- Jesus. ..."

Bishop Peter F. Christensen ordained
by Julie Godfrey Miller, Superior Catholic Herald
"Bishop Peter Forsyth Christensen was ordained as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Superior Sept. 14, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul [St. Paul, Minnesota]. ..."

Lay Ecclesial Ministry in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee [audio]
Keynote address, by The Most Reverend Richard J. Sklba, Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Cardinal Stritch University, Friday August 10, 2007, Relevant Radio
Update: ‘New reality’ of lay ecclesial ministry examined
by Maryangela Layman Roman, Milwaukee Catholic Herald, August 16, 2007

Lay Ecclesial Ministers: Gifted, Called and formed as 'Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord' [audio]
by Dr Richard McCord, USCCB, Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Cardinal Stritch University, Friday August 10, 2007, Relevant Radio

When Bp. Zubik leaves, what happens next?
by Fr. John Doerfler, Diocesan Chancellor, The Compass, August 3, 2007
"First of all, Bp. Zubik is still the Bishop of Green Bay, until he is installed as the Bishop of Pittsburgh on September 28. ..."

Catholicism: The One True Church: True or False?
September 24th at St. Dominic Church, Sheboygan [stats D9 4th 42%]
September 26th Same program at St. Gregory the Great Church [stats D16 11th 33% -2%]
September 27th Same program at St. Anne Church [stats D1 6th 34%]
"This document reiterated that the Catholic Church is the 'one true church'. ... The Emmaus Project of the John Paul II Center is sponsoring this program that is open to people of all denominations."

40 Days for Life
"This fall, 89 cities in 33 states across the nation will unite for a unique pro-life campaign called 40 Days for Life -- an intensive effort designed to raise awareness, save lives, bring healing, and prepare America for the beginning of the end of abortion.
"The campaign will be conducted simultaneously in all locations from September 26 - November 4. "

America, Human Rights and the World
Interdisciplinary Human Rights Conference, September 27-29, 2007, Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette University


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Terri Schiavo Memorial Dubium, and other news

First news, then upcoming events

Vatican Affirms Church Teaching On Nutrition And Hydration For Individuals In ‘Vegetative State’
"The [U.S.] bishops also asked for clarification as to whether nutrition and hydration could be removed if physicians determined that the patient would never recover consciousness. The [Vatican's] Congregation [for the Doctrine of the Faith] affirmed that the patient must receive “ordinary and proportionate care which includes, in principle, the administration of water and food even by artificial means” regardless of the prognosis of recovery of consciousness."

Annual Vocations Picnic was held August 30th
"Hosted in Archbishop Dolan's yard, the picnic brought together men and women discerning vocations as well as Vocation Directors from across the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Seminarians and Seminary staff." I assume he grilled brats, but since he can't drink Falstaff like his father, what was he drinking?

St. Adalbert unveils immigrant plaza
September 16th "St. Adalbert Church, 1923 W. Becher St., [stats D14 2nd 74%] will hold a ribbon-cutting to open Immigrants Independence Plaza after a noon Unity Mass on Sunday. Built by volunteers, the plaza will provide green space for 400 students; celebrate immigrants' contributions to the nation; and symbolize hope for immigration reform. The event kicks off 100th anniversary celebrations for the formerly Polish and now predominantly Latino church."

CUF Milwaukee September 2007 Newsletter
isn't posted yet, but the hard copy says "Rev. Donald J. Hying, Seminary Rector, to speak on September 16..." on "Vision and Direction for St. Francis Seminary and the Priesthood" at Blessed Sacrament Church [stats D16 3rd 49% +4%] Hall, South 41st St. and Oklahoma Ave. (Enter lot from S. 40th St.; use door on SE corner of Church) ... 2:00 p.m - program ... 1:45 p.m. - Rosary"

Two Faiths, One Mystery: Exploring Catholic and Orthodox Spiritualities
September 19th at Mount Mary College, "Building on the momentum of the recent historic meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, Mount Mary College offers a unique opportunity to begin exploring the potential for reconciliation between two of the largest Christian Communities in the world."

2007 Saint Francis Seminary Dinner
(formerly the Rector's Dinner) "You are invited to join Archbishop Dolan for dinner (and to support your Seminary!) Planning is underway for the fifth annual Saint Francis Seminary Dinner, formerly the Rector's Dinner. This year's event will be held Friday, Sept. 21 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee."

Black Catholic Community Mimi Summits
Not ethnic, just a typo. Beginning September 22nd at All Saints Church [stats D13 10th 40%], "We are holding several 'Summits' to address the hopes, dreams and concerns of the Black Catholic Community in this archdiocese. The seven principles of the National Black Catholic Congress will frame the mini summits which will be held over the next months."

Gathering Women of Faith: Leading Lives That Matter
September 22nd, 2nd Annual Women’s Convocation at Cardinal Stritch College. "Come for Prayer, Keynote speaker (Dr. Rev. Trinette McCray), Cafe Conversation (a process of mutual sharing), and time for networking on topics of interest such as women’s book groups, rural ministry, women’s retreats, traveling dinner groups and more." Come for the prayer, stay for the pie?


Saturday, September 8, 2007

WCC: EC OK ; and other news

News first, followed by upcoming events

Religion Briefing
From the Sept. 8, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, including
"MU using grant to start peacemaking center"
"Marquette University is using a $500,000, four-year grant from the Sally and Terry Rynne Foundation to create a Center for Peacemaking this fall. ...
"The center will be directed by Father G. Simon Harak, a Jesuit who teaches theology at Marquette. He previously worked as the national anti-militarism coordinator for the War Resisters League."
(Previously reported by Daniel Suhr at The Triumvirate.)
John McAdams at Marquette Warrior posted on Harak, a Hard Leftist on Theology Faculty who blogs, but now not under his own name, at Unite and De-militarize. Sidebar includes mailing address for your checks.

Capitol Update September 7, 2007
This Wisconsin Catholic Conference report focuses on a few of the Budget Issues of Concern to the Wisconsin Catholic Conference [2 pp. pdf]. Among New Bills of Interest were:
AB467 Prohibits pharmacist from refusing to fill prescriptions for contraceptives; defines abortion (Birth Control Protection Act)
AB492 and SB252 Requires provision of information about human papillomavirus (HPV) to schools and to parents of pupils in grades 6-12.

Casa Maria Catholic Worker House Newsletter September 2007
Karina's Farewell. "Karina recently moved to Jordan in the Middle East to do peace work and harvest crops with her host family."
Also "What's Needed? vegetables & salad dressing. What's Not Needed? We are not accepting used adult clothing right now."

Testimony Regarding Assembly Bill 377 and Senate Bill 129 [2 pp. pdf]
Presented to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and Ethics, by Kim Wadas, Associate Director, Wisconsin Catholic Conference. Its position is that AB377 and SB129 requiring providing emergency contraception are consistent with the U.S. Bishops' Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

News, information manager begins
The Compass, August 31, 2007, reports that Sam Lucero left our Catholic Herald to become news and information manager for the Green Bay Diocese. Maybe, before referring to the diocesan paper as Our Compass, he can have it switch to permanent links for current stories. If he did, this would be the link to this story.

Keeping Minimum Wage Just is Ongoing Responsibility [2 pp. pdf]
"Eye on the Capitol" August 31, 2007, by John Huebscher, Executive Director, Wisconsin Catholic Conference, reiterating support for SB 130, which would raise the state minimum wage to $7.25 per hour.

Kelly Romenesko drops claim against Xavier
Renae Bauer reports in The Compass, August 31, 2007. "In her signed contract, she agreed to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church. She violated her contract by undergoing in-vitro fertilization, a medical procedure that since the 1980s has contradicted the church's teachings on the natural conception of children." Presumably meaning a medical procedure developed in the 1980s that contradicted the church's teachings. (Link will change to this, I think, when the next issue is published.)

New bishop says he seeks to do the Lord's will
A.M. Kelley reports in the Superior Catholic Herald on what I hope isn't news in the Diocese of Superior.

CUF Milwaukee September 2007 Newsletter
isn't posted yet, but the hard copy says "The 'Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary' will be celebrated with a 2:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday, September 9, at the St. Francis Seminary Chapel, 3257 S. Lake Drive (use parking at rear of building). Fr. Don Hying will celebrate the Mass. There will be a Rosary Procession and Benediction. The afternoon will conclude with cake and coffee."

CUF Milwaukee September 2007 Newsletter
hard copy also says "A Solemn Pontifical High Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite[*] will be celebrated at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church [stats D14 4th 57%], South 5th Street and Historic Mitchell Street, at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14 ... by Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, D.D. ... Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago ... [*meaning] according to the Latin Tridentine, the Missal of Bl. John the XXIII. ..."

Out of the Desert...In To the Water
"The Wisconsin Catholic Charismatic Conference, sponsored by the Renewal leadership in the 5 dioceses of Wisconsin, will be held" September 14-16 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

2nd Annual Women’s Convocation
"Join other women of the Milwaukee Archdiocese for a day of Prayer, on September 22. A Keynote Address (by the Rev. Dr. Trinette McCray), Conversation Cafe (a process of mutual sharing), and networking on subjects of interest to women. The day includes lunch and a bookstore will be available. ... The convocation will be held at Cardinal Stritch University, Sr. Camille Kliebhan Conference Center ..."


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Where have you gone Mrs. Robinson? and other news

Religion Briefing
From the Aug. 25, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Labor in the Pulpits to stress worker rights
Oak Creek church hosting Son-Shine
Honduran cardinal presiding at Fiesta
Public invited to new worship center
Men's, women's day programs set

Help Wanted
"Reporter for your Catholic Herald
"Your Catholic Herald seeks someone full-time to write feature articles and to report news about the Catholic community in southeastern Wisconsin. ..."
"Deadline, Thursday, August 30, 2007."

Memorial Mass
"for Karen Marie [Knapp] will be on Saturday, September 1 at 10 am, at St. John's Cathedral (831 N Van Buren, Milwaukee...)"

Guatemalans working in U.S. find life has mixed blessings
Patricia Zapor reported in Catholic News Service, August 21, 2007. This American, when working in Guatemala or the U.S., has found the same.

Episcopal gay bishop to enter into civil partnership
Catholic News Agency reported August 23, 2007
"The openly homosexual Episcopal bishop, Bishop V. Gene Robinson, has planned to enter into a civil partnership with his long-term partner just weeks before next year's Lambeth Conference, reports the Church of England Newspaper. ...
"In an interview with Michael Buerk, the bishop denied that his plan to hold the ceremony next June had been chosen to be deliberately provocative. ..."

Bishop calls for Catholic reform
Barney Zwartz reports in The Age August 25, 2007. This Bishop Robinson is retired Australian Catholic Bishop Geoffrey Robinson who has a book Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church coming out, so to speak.
"On sexual issues, the book asks questions rather than making statements. Bishop Robinson said this was because he did not want to suggest he had the answers and because it was harder for the Vatican to condemn questions."
(via Catholic World News)


Saturday, August 11, 2007

'I a priest' says Iaquinta, and other news

Religion Briefing
From today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "West Bend woman to seek ordination: ...[Alice M.] Iaquinta issued a statement saying she discerned a call to the priesthood after serving as a pastoral associate and graduating with honors from St. Francis Seminary in St. Francis with a master of divinity degree in May 2006." The Roman Catholic Womenpriests site says Ms. Iaquinta was already "Ordained womandeacon 2007" and is considering "ministering with the married priests of Jesus Our Shepherd parish, Nenno, WI".

Authentic Catholic voice: Must be heard
Henrietta Gomes of the Catholic Herald, Arlington, Virginia, reports in the Catholic Herald, Madison, on an address by Madison's Bishop Morlino at the 18th Annual Summer Institute at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. This year's conference topic was "Marriage and the Family".

Fliss says his ordination as a bishop was a miracle
A.M. Kelley reports in the Superior Catholic Herald. "The second [miracle] is that he was ordained a bishop in Superior on a day in December so mild that there was no snow on the ground."

Judge orders diocese to defend filing
Mark Sauer and Sandi Dolbee in today's San Diego Union-Tribune. "In a rare and blistering decree [8 pp. pdf], a federal judge yesterday ordered Bishop Robert Brom and his attorneys to show why she shouldn't dismiss the Diocese of San Diego's bankruptcy case for failing to exercise 'the financial controls and transparency' required by law."
(via Diogenes at Off the Record)

Ban upheld on ELCA clergy's gay relationships
Tom Heinen. From the Aug. 11, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel."However, Bishop Craig Johnson of Minneapolis kept the possibility of change alive by introducing a resolution that would allow congregations, bishops, regional synodical councils and the national presiding bishop to jointly allow exceptions to the ban case by case." The pastoral version of the death by a thousand cuts.


Saturday, August 4, 2007

Bombs away, seminarians away, and other news

Stained glass artist illustrates congregants' faith
Interview of Rich Buswell. From the Aug. 4, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. ("Q. What is changing in the worship space design industry?" Were the rose windows at Chartres produced by people who thought of themselves as part of a "worship space design industry"?)

Religion briefs
From the Aug. 4, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. ("Lanterns for Peace, the city's annual commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, will start at 5:30 p.m. today..." Planned events do not include commemorative toasts with Nog-a-sake!)

If you miss that, there's Blessing the Bombs: Commemorating the nuclear holocaust, August 7th Catholics for Peace and Justice Prayer Gathering at St. Joe's in Wauwatosa ("All people want peace. It is only governments and war departments that promote war and slaughter." Aren't the people in the government and "war departments" people?)

Wisconsin Institute of Judaism
August 9-12, 2007 at Lake Delton, Wisconsin ("A truly Amazing weekend of Learning, Recreation & Relaxation! ...With fun programming for the kids too!" Sounds like Tommy Bartlett's Rabbi World!)

Seminarian Gathering:
Delivers a week of fellowship, by Ben Emmel, Catholic Herald, Madison. ("...provided an opportunity for the 29 men studying for the priesthood to come together as a community, and take a needed break from school and parish assignments." Twenty-nine is as many as the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.)


Saturday, July 28, 2007

Lutherans literally less, and other news

Importance of social statements stressed
From the July 28, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Heinen interviews ELCA Bishop Mark S. Hanson. ("what we are literally inviting this church into is that kind of deep engagement with the word of God, to literally hear it, to read it, to sing it, to pray it and to study it. . . . And then to say: How have we as Lutherans historically interpreted the word?" Not literally, he goes on to say.)

Outgoing WELS leader discusses delegate meeting
by Tom Heinen.From the July 28, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. ("the denomination has experienced a gradual decline in membership, especially in the Midwest" Though it would take 153 years and nine months until someone literally holds the WELS faith alone.)

Religion briefs
From the July 28, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
including 'Book sale to benefit hunger programs' (See you there.)

Capitol Update July 27, 2007
Wisconsin Catholic Conference
Contents Include:
1. WCC Issues State Budget Recommendations
2. New Bills of Interest
("SB-232. Contraceptives (Robson) Prohibits pharmacist from refusing to fill prescriptions for contraceptives; defines abortion (Birth Control Protection Act.")

Budget Issues of Concern to the Wisconsin Catholic Conference
Presented to the Budget Conference Committee by John Huebscher, Executive Director, July 23, 2007

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Homily by Archbishop Timothy Dolan, July 22, 2007 [audio]


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Casey on deck, S[a]t. Patrick, and other news

Religion briefs
From the July 21, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
including 'Archbishop to say Mass to honor Solanus Casey'
("In 1995, the late Pope John Paul II named Casey 'venerable,; the second of four steps to sainthood.")

Legendary vessel to be part of sesquicentennial Mass
Pere Marquette's reputed silver chalice to be used in high school service, by Tom Heinen. From the July 21, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
("Some Jesuits say the history of the gleaming vessel that will be used to celebrate Marquette University High School's 150th anniversary Mass today goes back to Father Marquette. Some add the caveat 'maybe.'")

Bishops Seek To Meet With Both Parties On Iraq War
("The bishops’ International Policy Committee has been encouraging the Administration and members of both parties to forge a bipartisan consensus to address the situation in Iraq for some time." As long a time as some people have been encouraging the bishops to resolve all the outstanding clerical sexual abuse cases?)

Catholics to celebrate feast of St. Patrick two days earlier in 2008
by Michael Kelly, Catholic News Service (" 2008, March 17 falls on the Monday of Holy Week and, according to church law, the days of Holy Week and Easter rank above all others, so the solemnity of St. Patrick must be moved to another date." The new date is a Saturday, which I hope doesn't lead to anyone using the occasion to drink to excess.)

Secular media: Don't believe everything you read
Editorial, Catholic Herald, Madison ("The State Journal did publish a clarification with a very small headline in the July 14 issue. It said: 'A headline on Page A3 of Wednesday's [Wisconsin] State Journal mischaracterized comments made by Pope Benedict XVI...' In contrast to the initial large headline, this article almost needed a magnifying glass to read!")

Group asks congregations to aid immigrants
Effort to house illegal workers at churches is growing, by Tom Heinen. From the July 17, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. ("The Rev. Carlos Aranda, its pastor, voiced support for the effort Saturday in front of more than 100 people at a gathering at Prince of Peace Parish, a Catholic congregation on the near south side.")

On Independence Day, and Blowing Things Up [3 pp. pdf]
Homily, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, July 1, 2007, St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, Father Nathan Reesman ("To put in another way, we are free to choose our actions, but we arenot free to re-define what is good and true, or we are not free to re-define what brings true freedom.")

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Entrusted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus [audio]
June 15, 2007, Relevant Radio

07/22/07 Adoration for Vocations
("St. Peter and Paul Parish, Green Bay Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is the location of this week's Adoration for Vocations. Please pray for priests and priestly vocations in the Diocese of Green Bay.")

Casa Maria Catholic Worker House, Newsletter August 2007
("We are in need of new, live-in workers for Casa Maria’s ministry.")


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Third priest ordained, Social Action hot air, and other news

Pope Accepts Resignation Of Cardinal Keeler Of Baltimore, Names Archbishop Edwin O’Brien To Succeed Him
(Wasn't Archbishop O'Brien rumored to be one of the front-runners for New York?)

Factors work against impact of pope's decision on Latin Mass
by Tom Heinen. From the July 14, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
("Witczak [outgoing Seminary rector Father Michael Witczak] noted that many of the young seminarians tend to be more attracted than the older priests to traditional devotional practices.
"'There's actually been an increase in the number of college-age young men who are starting to pursue an interest in seminary, and all of those guys are taking Latin in college,' he added.")

Religion briefs
From the July 14, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(A two-day youth conference, "Reviving Our Purpose: Taking Back Our Stuff," is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 21 at Mercy Memorial Church, 2477 N. 37th St.)

Lawyer brings faith, wit, intellect to priesthood:
Joseph Shimek to be ordained Saturday, by Maryangela Layman Roman, Catholic Herald, Milwaukee, July 12, 2007
("Dugan [Conor Dugan, his law school roommate] said Shimek exemplifies a 'happy medium between being lax and rigid.'")

Latin Mass offered at St. Stanislaus:
Historic church is new home to archdiocese’s Tridentine community, by Brian T. Olszewski, Catholic Herald, Milwaukee, July 12, 2007
("'We’re grateful to the archbishop in letting us come here,' she [Joan Patzer] said. 'We look forward to it becoming an oratory and our own Tridentine parish.'")

Sr. Virginia closes book on 49 years in education:
Spent 48 years at St. Joseph High School, Kenosha, by Karen Mahoney, Catholic Herald, Milwaukee, July 12, 2007

Don't Worship Your Emotions
by Fr. Ron Rolheiser, column of June 17, 2007, published in Catholic Herald, Milwaukee, July 12, 2007
("'s a long way from the love and understanding that Jesus preached. In essence, what this sincere man is doing is worshipping his emotions by saying: 'I can give my love and support when I can feel good about it, but I can't give my love and support when I can't feel good about it['], no matter that a pedophile suffers from the most unglamorous of all diseases.")

[Links to the June 28, 2007 Catholic Herald, Milwaukee, not working as of this posting]

Social Action Summer Institute
at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 15 thru July 20, 2007.
(If you were concerned that money you would donate to Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, or the Catholic Campaign for Human Development wouldn't be spent on seminars about global warming, your concerns are allayed by the Registration Brochure [4 pp. pdf])

Case Statement
for St. Joseph House, Vocations Office, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
(a "Multicultural House of Discernment")

Days of Prayer and Devotions for Vocations
("Every first Friday of the month and the weekend following are designated as days of Prayer for vocations in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee")

Capitol Update July 12, 2007
Wisconsin Catholic Conference
("Contents Include:
1. Assembly Passes Budget [2.-7.:]
2. Children and Families
3. Workforce Development
4. Education
5. Corrections
6. Health Care
7. Other
8. New Bills of Interest
AB-427. Abortion (Gundrum) Voluntary and informed consent to an abortion and requiring provision of information on domestic abuse services.")

Casa Maria Catholic Worker
(links to a UW-M library archive page with September 24, 1968 video of the "Milwaukee 14" burning draft records.)

Bishop comments on use of the Roman Liturgy
by David A. Zubik, Bishop of Green Bay, July 8, 2007
("The normal way that we have been celebrating the Mass for the past 40 years remains." Apparently normal meaning usual as opposed to meaning based on norms.)

Regarding Catholic Church’s consistent teaching on sanctification
Media Release, July 11, 2007, Diocese of Madison
("The Church has never taught as a piece of doctrine that 'Protestants are going to hell.' Thus, despite what today’s inflammatory headline in the Wisconsin State Journal claims, neither this Pope nor his successors has the authority to teach such a thing.")

A message from Bishop-elect Christensen
Catholic Herald, Superior, July 12, 2007
(Quotes St. Augustine, patron of the Diocese of Superior)