From what I have picked up, many people these days look at annual diocesan fundraising drives and campaigns with deep suspicion or even resentment. I have received numerous emails asking about the morality of cutting off money to dioceses or to parishes because of, especially, The Present Crisis and feckless, untrustworthy leadership.
All of us understand our obligation to provide for the needs of the Church. However, all of us want our contributions to mean something and not to see them go down some rat hole. I am often asked about trustworthy causes to which you can donate.
Right now, however, I’d like also to suggest a contribution to the Diocese of Madison, in remembrance of the Extraordinary Ordinary, the late, great Bishop Morlino. He really stood up tall when The Present Crisis flamed up.
You might take a moment to watch this video. I know… I know… I dislike these annual campaign videos too. However, this one has the last video taken of Bp. Morlino. It was recorded the day before he had his heart attack and subsequent death.
It is bittersweet, to be sure.
I can say this: contribution to the Madison campaign will accomplish good things. I know what is going on around here. For example, we have more seminarians than many dioceses that are far larger. Yesterday, the Vocation Director and a seminarian and I had breakfast after our celebration of a Sunday TLM. We are carrying on on the trajectory set by our late chief. One of the things we spoke about was the upcoming 1st Mass of a man to be ordained in June: once again a TLM 1st Mass.
There is a Memorial Fund for Bp. Morlino, aimed at building a new cathedral. The old one was the victim of arson many years ago.
There is the annual campaign.
In any event, … here is the annul appeal video. Featured in it also are the parents of our aforementioned Vocation Director.