I’ve been watching tweets against Bp. Morlino as part of the ongoing jihad against him here in Madison.
These poor people.
Ultra-liberal Madison, by the way, was once described by a former governor of Wisconsin as “30 square miles surrounded by reality”, although it has grown to some 77 by now and the phrase has undergone revision.
Someone here who truly detests the Bishop – no one hates like a committed liberal, with all their self-righteous and humorless moral superiority – started an online petition to have him removed.
Its hostility is ironically relieved by its over-the-top rhetoric which unintentionally involves self-parody.
I admit that the first time I read the petition, I almost laughed aloud.
As I reread it, it became even more amusing, a surprise considering how far off the mark it is.
Nothing, especially the truth, facts, will deter these folks from their objective: to hurt someone.
They aim at the bishop, but they are really hurting each other.
I weighed whether or not to give this flicker any oxygen. It’ll die soon under the burden of its own eccentricity, especially because the people who made and signed it have not the slightest clue as to what they are talking about.
However, it is also exemplary in how cliché it is. That’s why it deserves some attention now. It can teach us how the Left thinks and works. Reading it is rather like… an autopsy. It’s not pleasant, but it’s instructive. And it’s sorta funny, in a black, morbid way.
Here is the text – try reading it aloud! – with my emphases and comments:
We are asking that His Holiness Pope Francis PP remove Robert C. Morlino from his role as Bishop of the Madison Diocese.
Bishop Morlino exerts a corrosive and corrupt [!] influence over the Diocese through his transparent attempts to influence the voting habits of its members. [If they are “transparent”, then how have they been seen? No.. no.. I’m reading with reason. Make popcorn and then read on!] His threats to priests amount to a violation of the Constitutional separation of church and state. [LOL!] Furthermore, he is an open and practicing bigot whose attitudes and opinions about the LGBTQI [“I”? Not sure what that is. But wouldn’t such a limited acronym have left out some group or other?] members of his Diocese (and our beloved families) are nothing short of inhumane. His hatred and discrimination are undoubtedly a violation of Christ’s admonition to love thy neighbor. [I think she meant “our” neighbor.]
He supports guidelines instructing priests to consider whether or not[“or not”] to withhold last rights or include the life-parter [sic] of the deceased at any ecclesiastical funeral rite or service in order to minimize “the risk of scandal and confusion” when asked to conduct the funeral service of someone who is in a “notorious homosexual relationship”. [So, the writer is against “considerations”. Only absolute, unquestioning conformity to her will is acceptable. Typical.] He encourages priests to invasively inquire into the deceased’s “gay lifestyle” and whether or not the deceased repented prior to death. He seeks to obliterate evidence of any love created in the light of Christ that does not fit into his parochial, backward, hateful mold. He cannot be a shepherd to his flock if he does not love all his sheep equally the way Christ would have. […]
Finally, it is apparent that Bishop Morlino does not have the love in his heart nor the strength of character to stop his hate-filled fixation on the intimate lives of consensual and committed adults. He tries to disguise this obsession under a veil of discrimination[… ? What does that even mean?] and deploys it at a time when loss leaves loved ones most vulnerable and in need of support. This is nothing short of evil and we’ve had enough.
Bishop Morlino’s 14 year pattern and practice of abusing his power through hateful behavior has no place in Madison, WI let alone the Catholic church.
It is for this reason that we are asking his Holiness Pope Francis PP remove Robert C. Morlino from his role as Bishop of the Madison Diocese.
This petition will be delivered to:
Pope of the Catholic Church
His Holiness, Pope Francis PP (Pope of the Catholic Church)
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Most Reverend Bernard A Hebda
Bishop of Portland ME
Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley
Look, friends, matters of death and loss of loved ones, of funerals and obsequies are serious business. So, too, is the salvation of souls, which is the daily absorbing care of the Catholic clergy.
All of these situations are difficult. One size does not fit all situations, which is was the substance of the original guidelines sent out which sparked the controversy. Bp. Morlino’s – and the Church’s – detractors do a grave disservice to the whole community they think they are defending when the reduce them all to a stereotype, as if they came from a mold.
Every situation deserves individual consideration rather than the thoughtless neglect which – ironically – the backers of that petition seem to advocate.
That petition…. You’ve gotta admit that, even with its ugly and vindictive intent, with its purple prose it rapidly devolves into self-parody.
That petition might have been more effective accompanied by a video of a dramatic reading of the text with simultaneous interpretive dance.
Hordes of protesters – supporters of the petition – descended on a downtown Madison church to files their grievances. They were, of course, covered by a full camera crew from a local TV station:
Yes, that’s all of them. But they are, to be fair, representative of the folks who are so lathered about Bp. Morlino right now. I am deeply grateful for the coverage by the TV station! Otherwise, we might have missed it!
What can you do?
- There is an online petition in SUPPORT of B. Morlino… HERE
- There is also a brand new petition at the same site as the anti-Morlino petition…. HERE I think The Remnant started it.
- Also, let Bishop Morlino know of your support: email@example.com
- Finally, let deeds speak louder than words. With your words of support, add a donation to the Diocese, especially for the support of priestly vocations. HERE – NB: Look for St. Joseph Fund