A few years ago the Cathedral of Madison burned and had to be razed. Various ideas for a new Cathedral are being explored. In the meantime, it was determined that, at the site of the old Cathedral, there should be erected Stations of the Cross. The Bishop of Madision, His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino set them up, appropriately, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
There are lots of photos posted at Laetificat Madison, which blog also did some good gumshoe work on the Nuns On The Bus nonsense when they went ’round and ’round in the area.
One of the captions for a photo caught my eye:
Bishop Morlino spoke to us strongly before blessing the Stations, about defending our religious freedom and the contemporary phenomenon of Crosses being taken down from public places, by aggressive secularists who want to exclude any religious expression from the public sphere. The Cross is the sign we Christians are known by, he said, and must be visible. Here our dear bishop is blessing the 5th Station. Looking cool in sunglasses is his Master of Ceremonies, Fr Greg Ihm.
One interesting thing about this is that, The Freedom From Religion Foundation headquarters, Freethought Hall, makes a cameo in two photos. Look closely at that gray building. You can read “Freethought Hall” behind Bishop Morlino at the 5th Station.
Bp. Morlino: “The Cross is the sign we Christians are known by, he said, and must be visible.” How very timely, when we consider the persecution that Christian workers are undergoing in England for wearing a cross in the workplace. Check this link for recent news.
Seeing Fr. Ihm, I can’t help but be reminded of this vocations poster from a few years back (controversial in some quarters at the time) http://detente.burdenfamily.net/2005/10/matrix-vocations-poster.html
Altar server in Schwarzenegger Terminator sunglasses. Cool.
Bp. Morlino is concentrating his efforts now on building a new Catholic chapel and center on the University of Wisconsin campus to serve the students before he turns his attention and fund raising efforts to building a new cathedral.
Reviews and permissions are in process now with the appropriate government agencies and committees. http://www.uwcatholic.org/about/campaign.php
Looking good, Fr Greg!
I really hope to get down to these stations soon. I’ve been hearing about them for a while, and I’ m looking forward to using them soon. I wish I could have been at the dedication ceremony.
Fr. Greg Ihm is a fine young priest. He is parochial vicar of our parish, when he is not serving as emcee for our bishop.
Freedom From Religion is a thorn. They claim to promote “free-thinking,” but they are fiercely intolerant of any folks who do not think as they do.
I’d like to be an atheist, but I’d have to ignore too much of reality first.
Whiz-Bang ! From Bishop to Stations to Fr Greg Ihm the whole lot of this pictorial view – awesome!
Re your comment about “the Nuns On The Bus nonsense when they went ’round and ’round in the area”: would this be an oblique reference to the hymn that has the line about the “troops of Midian prowling round and round”?