Michael Sean Winters has a piece at Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) in which he attacks both Bp. Robert Morlino of Madison (and the undersigned). MSW doesn’t like clerics who are “culture warriors”, you see. The Fishwrappers claim that “culture warriors” are no longer flavor of the month. Ptui! The fact they are trying to distract you from is that they are fully engaged in the culture wars, but for the Enemy. By railing against conservative culture warriors, they are indulging in bullying.
In any event, NSR thinks that Pope Francis doesn’t want bishops (or priests) to be culture warriors. They are therefore emboldened to declare war.
MSW reacted to a piece at Real Clear Politics on Bp. Morlino, entitled “The Miracle of Madtown” (Madison… 77 square miles surrounded by reality) where we read of His Excellency:
When the good Bishop wakes up in the morning, he enters immediately into prayer “very aware that we’re in a culture war. I want the Lord to stir up the gifts of the Holy Spirit to fight the culture war.” But Pope Francis has encouraged Morlino to first “calmly and peacefully look Jesus in the eye and see what He’ll say. It makes a substantial difference for me.”
Be sure to read the whole Real Clear Politics piece.
Meanwhile, MSW of NSR:
Indeed, the replacement of Cardinal Burke with Cardinal Wuerl on the Congregation for Bishops certainly lays the groundwork for the selection of a different kind of bishop here in the United States. This morning, I read this article about Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, who says the pope’s example inspires him to double down on his efforts to fight the culture wars. Can we expect an exorcism at the cathedral in Madison sometime soon? [I sure hope so!] There was a time when such comments made one more likely to climb the career ladder within the Church. I suspect that time is now past. Wuerl is a true conservative, eschewing culture wars and exhibiting confidence in the gifts of the Spirit to lead the Church, adopting a more pastoral and less canonical and ideological approach to the task of ecclesial leadership. I would imagine he will promote candidates who share his approach. And not a moment too soon!
I have a note for them.
As Bp. Scicluna reported about a recent conversation with Pope Francis:
“We discussed many aspects,” said Bishop Scicluna. “And when I raised the issue that’s worrying me as a bishop [gay adoption], he encouraged me to speak out.”
If anyone is doubling down on his culture war it just might be Pope Francis. Certainly Pope Francis thinks that Malta’s Bishop Charles Scicluna should be a culture warrior, and a bold one.
Think about this. Pope Francis tells Bp. Scicluna of Malta to double-down on the culture wars (which the NSR hasn’t reported yet). If MSW thinks that Pope Francis is looking for bishops that are NOT like Bp. Morlino, they had better click my link and buy some Mystic Monk Coffee!
Pope Francis told Scicluna to be a… wait for it… culture warrior.
It is likely that Francis is looking for men exactly like Bp. Morlino: men with spines who will stand up in their dioceses and teach the truth.
I tried to help NSR understand what Pope Francis is doing, but they just don’t get it.