A forgotten award

His Hermeneuticalness reminded me of a great award for certain bishops.

In this case, Fr. Finigan awarded it to Bp. Robert Morlino of Madison, WI.

Good award.  Good choice.

Episcopal Backbone Award

In the meantime, also with a tip of the biretta   o{]:¬)   to His Hermeneuticalness, I found this quote on another blog:

Priestly bloggers face the additional threat of being abandoned to their fates by the very bishops who should be supporting them as a matter of principle.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Liz says:

    Love it! Last I heard those priests in Bishop Morlino’s diocese had raised a good bit of money. (St. Mary’s, Platteville.) I wonder if anyone knows what the total ended up being. We added Bishop Morlino and those three priests to our daily prayers. God bless them!

  2. The Episcopal Backbone Award, by the way, was originally the work of the Curt Jester. One of his best!

  3. TJerome says:

    Msgr Basil Loftus, “a respected priest.” I don’t know Msgr. Loftus but his approach to Father Blake seemed a bit “out there.”

    Bishop Morlino is joining the ranks of the truly great champions of Catholicism!!!

  4. Supertradmum says:

    All good priests and good bishops are potential martyrs. God bless them all.

  5. Del says:

    I don’t know how much money has been raised to keep the school going. Let’s pray that the parish families will decide to help their own school. WDTPRS readers contributed somewhere around $5000 toward the $200k need. Your moral support to the good priests and to Bishop Morlino was tremendously appreciated.

    Bishop Morlino is a warrior bishop, but still a very humble man. He does not desire these sorts of awards from bloggers, any more than he wants to see disobedience in his diocese. We love him as our shepherd (of course!), but he is quick to suppress our applause. He is doing the job that he was given to do, as well as he can… and that is all.

    For those outside of the Madison Diocese…. Bp Morlino would urge you not to praise him so. It would be better to contact your own bishop, and let him know that he is loved and supported when he stands firm in the battle.

  6. And yet we will praise him anyway on my blog.

  7. jaykay says:

    (sigh) And still it goes on over here in the island formerly known as the island of saints and scholars. From Ireland’s soi-disant “paper of record” behold the latest vatic pronouncements of this (happily ex-) shepherd of the flock:


    Need I add, not a comment has come, that I’ve seen anyway, from the currently serving contingent of shepherds. Or if it has (and I may be wrong) I haven’t seen it. Not that the “paper of record” would necessarily feature it anyway. It might rock too many cradles, rattles might be dropped, soothers ejected from … well, y’know.

  8. Miseno says:

    I knew the priests of the society of Jesus Christ the Priest while they ministered in the Diocese of Metuchen. They work hard for the salvation of souls. They used to run the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Raritan, NJ which was one of the only places in New Jersey where you could find confession offered on the weekday, along with Adoration and the TLM . I am happy they have found a place where their work is valued. Bishop Morlino is a true hero. May God bless him.

  9. Ben Yanke says:

    God Bless Bishop Morlino! (And Fr. Z, of course…)

  10. tzard says:

    “I say as do all Christian Men, that it is a divine purpose that rules, and not fate.” Alfred the Great.

  11. irishgirl says:

    God bless Bishop Morlino of Madison….and you too, Father Z! ; )

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