The death of Bp. Morlino of Madison has had the effect of demonstrating that he truly deserved the nickname The Extraordinary Ordinary.
I have received a flood of emails and text messages from all over the world expressing sorrow at his passing, admiration for his work and for his sheer goodness, and hope with prayers for him and for the continuation of what he set in motion.
Here is a meagre sampling of some notes, which I shall anonymize especially for the safety of some of the writers.
Just a short note to say at Divine Liturgy this morning we prayed not just for the repose of Bp Morlino, but also and especially that the good work you and others are doing with the LMS of Madison may continue under the next bishop. As you have so often and so rightly said, the restoration of the Latin Church begins and ends with her liturgical culture. With very best wishes….
I was very saddened to hear of the sudden death of Bishop Morlino over the weekend. What a loss to the Church militant. I celebrated Mass for him this morning in the traditional rite and remembered you and his diocese too. Requiescat in pace.
“Ecce sacerdos magnus, qui in diebus suis placuit Deo.”
Many many priests have written along these lines…
My deepest condolences on the death of Bishop Morlino.
May he rest in peace. My Mass tomorrow will be for the repose of his soul and the consolation of all in Madison.
Also, a priest of the SSPX sent a very gracious note:
I occasionally read your blog and just heard the news of the passing of Bishop Morlino. I offer my sincere condolences and prayers. Whatever differences may at times have existed between our Society and the Bishop, he was a champion of the Faith and excellent example of a good bishop. My colleagues who interacted with him always found him quite gracious. I wish I personally had had the chance to meet him.
While I can speak only for myself, and not for our Society (though imagine many of my colleagues would feel the same way), I wanted to let you know that I will happily offer a Requiem Mass tomorrow for the repose of his soul and will pray the diocese be given another bishop like him to continue his good work.
In fact, we have a good rapport with the priests of the Society who are sent to serve the area around Madison, as is only proper.
This is a tiny sampling of the sort of notes I have received.
I am very grateful for your prayers for the repose of Bp. Morlino’s soul, and for the Masses offered by priests and laity. Who can doubt that they are effective?
Who, I wonder, shall be the next to don the mantle of “Extraordinary Ordinary”? We shall see.