Friday, July 30, 2010

Bishop Morlino of Madison attacked in local paper

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.  If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a wrongdoer, or a mischief-maker; yet if one suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but under that name let him glorify God.  For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? And "If the righteous man is scarcely saved, where will the impious and sinner appear?" Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator. (1 Peter 4:12-19)

It would seem that the Holy Spirit has come to rest on Bishop Morlino.

If you want to see what a biased, anti-Catholic newstory looks like, you won't have to go much further than Isthmus | the Daily Page.  This one of the worst hatchet jobs I've seen to date.  I don't know what is being taught in journalism school, but the author interviewed people of only one age group, and they were all dissidents - people who reject Church teaching because it doesn't mesh with their desired life choices.  In the body of the article are many theological errors, presented as "authentic" Catholic teaching.  Here is a sample (emphases mine in bold; comments bracketed in red).

"People my age," says the 71-year-old Beyers, "are referred to sometimes as Vatican II people." This gathering of bishops and cardinals from around the world, between 1962 and 1965, led to sweeping changes in church policy and practice , most aimed at making it more inclusive [one of the things you will often find is people making claims about Vatican II that simply can't be found in the documents of Vatican II.  In fact, it was one of the historical events that has probably been the most peverted by people with wishful thinking. People have distorted it in such a way that they believe it contains things that simply aren't there]. As Beyers puts it, Vatican II "opened the window to let fresh air in" by giving laity an important role in running the church [I wonder if he has ever read what Vatican II's, Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, Lumen Gentium said about the laity? ]. But some within the church "have been trying to slam it shut ever since." [Actually, it is faithful Catholics - lay people,  theologians, priests, consecrated persons - all united with their bishops, who are united with the Holy Father (also something explained quite eloquently in LG) who are working to get Vatican II back from those who hi-jacked it)

Beyers thinks Morlino, who has been steeped in controversy since his arrival in Madison in 2003, is clearly in this camp [the real controversy is being created by those who want to create a designer religion out of Catholicism.  They want "truth" to be 10 different things at once, and they want it to function like a chameleon - changing colors to suit a given situation]. And he thinks the bishop should be replaced. "This is my church," [no, it is Christ's Church - he founded it, he set up the system ("he who hears you, hears me")] says Beyers. "They're definitely not going to drive me out of it [but if he rejects her teachings, he has effectively left by his own choice!]. I grew up in it, I'm comfortable in it, but the hierarchy lives in a bubble." [Our Lord didn't say the path would be easy and broad, he said it would be difficult and narrow.  Following Christ means to follow him right through to crucifixion.  That is, we die with Christ by dying to self.].

Madison resident Jim Green, a Catholic brother for eight years in the Divine Word Missionary, was in Rome during the last two years of Vatican II. For the past 40 years he's lived with his life partner, Bill Diederich. [we can pretty much guess that his beef with Bishop Morlino has to do with the fact that His Excellency isn't going to tell him that this is ok].  Both are Roman Catholics and members of Dignity USA, a Catholic support group for LGBTs and their allies. [You can read here about Dignity and contrast it with Courage Apostolate, which supports people with SSA to live a life of chastity, just as any heterosexual single person, such as myself, is called by God to live (Christ came to fulfill the Old Testament, not abolish it so the 10 commandments - specifically the 6th and the 9th, remain in effect)]

"When I speak of the church, I don't think of the institution, the pyramid with the laity at the bottom and the pope at the top," says Green, 71, a member of Call to Action. The documents that came out of Vatican II, he notes, spoke of a circular system with the laity's role as important as those of the priests, the bishops and the pope . It's a system in which everyone has a voice. [I have no doubt that this man has never read the documents of Vatican II, in particular Lumen Gentium.  It's not even that long of a read.]

The author, in classic biased fashion, interviewed disgruntled Catholics who are unhappy about the fact that the bishop is taking his teaching office seriously and trying to root out error in his diocese.  They want to hear that homosexual activity is accepted, that women can be ordained, and a segment of them are pro-choice on abortion.  These aren't people arguing for a fourth person of the Trinity. Rather, they want the Church (and Bishop Morlino) to change things that the Church has no authority to change because.... this is Christ's Church, not your Church, my Church, our Church - but Christ's Church. 

Each bishop has to function according to his conscience and like our conscience it must be formed with the mind of the Church.  Salvation of the flock has to come before feelings, which amounts to false charity.  Most things aimed at salvation will challenge our worldly desires.  We want to do as we please and the bishop's job as teacher in his diocese is to ensure that the Catholic faith is presented authentically, and fully aligned with the Magisterium. 

What you will find in the article is what is often referred to as a pseudo-magisterium.  That is, the mistaken impression that a body of theologians all agreeing on something, makes that something "true" or "authentic" with regards to Catholic teaching.  Democracy, in their mind, shapes "truth" which is why polls is often so important to this group.  This is not the case.  If 99 people in a room all agree that 2+2 = 5, it does not change the objective reality that the true answer is 4. 

The dissidence surrounding Humanae Vitae is a classic example  pseudo-"magisterium".  Yet, Pope Paul VI's words proved to be prophetic (read here, here and here). 

Now, read this about Bishop Morlino:

We need to pray for our bishops, as well as for those whose eternal salvation they are working to save.

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Nick said...

The darkness can neither comprehend nor conquer the light.

Jeffrey Pinyan said...


"giving laity an important role in running the church"

They should read not just Lumen Gentium, but Apostolicam Actuositatem. In a nutshell, the apostolate of the laity is OUTSIDE the walls of their parish, to sanctify the world by their daily Christian lives.

"I'm comfortable in it, but the hierarchy lives in a bubble."

How do we distinguish the hierarchy's bubble from a "comfortable" layman's bubble?

"When I speak of the church, I don't think of the institution..."

What is an "institution"? It's something that somebody "instituted", correct? So, what's the alternative to the Church as an institution? The Church as something that just "happened" when a bunch of like-minded and persecuted Jews got together? If that's the mentality of the what the Church is, then of course it can re-"happen" whenever people want something different! :(

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

I only extracted a small segment of a larger article on which there were many more errors. I had not the time to do an exhaustive "fisking".

I would be a great service to those finding this post who may nit understand the specifics if some knowledgeable readers could extract some other things from the article. Quote something, then use the CCC, church docs, etc., to help people.

This article just broad brushes a number if complaints. In at least one place, they called their false version of Catholicism "authentic".

They are their own pseudo- magisterium.

Del said...

"Hatchet Job" is correct, Diane.

Here's why Bp Morlino is so great, and why the Isthmus wants to take him down:

In the 7 years that Bishop Morlino has led Madison, he has inspired 3 dozen men to enter seminary (including my son... YAY!) [In contrast, there were only 6 ordinations in Madison during the entire decade of the 1990's.]

His methods are simple: He assigned two honest-preaching priests to the Newman parish on the UW campus in Madison, and the student community is flourishing. Arguably, the most fervent and vibrant campus ministry on a secular campus in America. A coupla-three young men and women here the call each year, and many more discover their faith in the midst of zealous secularism!

Meanwhile, we still need priests NOW. Bp Morlino invited an order from Spain, the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, to help our diocese. These are brave and honest preachers -- wonderful priest and sisters. But they have offended some of the lighter Catholics, because they do not allow altar girls, extraordinary ministers, and sometimes they pray Mass in Latin.

Recently, Bishop Morlino asked the Society priests to serve the parish and University in Platteville, WI. He hopes to build a second vibrant campus ministry in our diocese, also based on honest preaching.

Young people want truth, and they want to be challenged by the truth. They want something to counter the hook-up culture... they don't want fluff.

The secular zealots do not want the Bp Morlino to be popular. He prays at the abortion clinic. He appears at pro-family demonstrations. He has fired a couple of scandalous parish employees -- an openly gay choir director and a Call-To-Action catechist.

Bp Morlino is greatly loved. The Isthmus doesn't want Madison to know that.

Teresa said...

The distorters of true Catholicism don't want to know or if they do they simply don't care, what the teachings of Magisterium really are. It is their purpose to distort the teachings in order to further their own cause of creating tension and rifts within the Church so that they can advance their dissenting views in order to influence Catholics to believe their scandalous notions.

Bishop Morlino is to be commended for his efforts in evangelizing and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the true Teachings of the Magisterium.

Madison Catholic said...

The article attacking Bishop Morlino can be found at , and the comments are worth looking at-- apparently the biggest critic is a paid atheist working for the "Freedom From Religion Foundation," and local Madison Catholics jumped to the defense.

Anybody wishing to support Bishop Morlino can sign up at

God bless!

Madison Catholic said...

One more example of liberal Madison's treatment of the courageous Bishop Morlino-- when he tried to discourage "gay-bashing" and to pray the "Our Father," at a rally defending marriage in Madison-- see what the gay activists did.... at .

credocatholic said...

They only want a certain kind of laity, one that rejects the hierarchy. They don't want lay people who love the Church, love the priesthood and love the Holy Father to have anything to do with the operation of the Church. There are plenty of faith-filled lay people who have prominent roles in the Church, but that is not what call to (overreaction) wants. They require the support of dissidents. That, ironically, goes against the much cited "spirit of Vatican II". The true "spirit of Vatican II" exists only within the context of the entire history of the Catholic Church, not independent of it.

Alex said...

In fairness to the excellent journalism school at UW-Madison, which boasts at least two very orthodox Catholics as recent alumni, Esty Dinur, the writer of the article about Bishop Morlino, is not a professional journalist. She is a marketing director for a theater who occasionally writes freelance pieces for the Isthmus.