I very much enjoyed reading a piece at the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) about some local news, here in the Diocese of Madison.
A Catholic parish in the small Wisconsin town of Muscoda has for years allowed an annual… wait for it…
The event was held in an unused parish school.
It seems that a retired Catholic school teacher, Paul Wysocki, saw a sign for it, clutched his pearls, and contacted Fishwrap from his fainting couch to stir up a little trouble.
The young activist writer (his other work is about climate change and environmental racism… of course) added something that caught my interest:
The gun show has angered Paul Wysocki, a local Catholic, who argues it counters church teaching against violence. [Demonstrating that he doesn’t know what he is talking about.]
Wysocki, a retired Catholic school teacher, learned of the event a few years ago[!] through a bulletin posted in a restaurant. Wysocki told NCR he “couldn’t believe it” when he realized church property was being used to sell firearms. [I’ll bet a steady diet of Wisconsin parish fish fries has killed more people than guns sold in that gun show.]
In the years since, Wysocki has sent letters voicing his concern to multiple bishops around the country and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“When a Catholic Church hosts a gun show, what is the message that is being sent from that Catholic Church and the Catholic Church in general?” he wrote to the bishops’ conference in 2017.
So this nose-sticker has been at this for years.
The report continues:
The latest Muscoda Gun Show took place in December 2019. [And this is coming up now?] Last year, in his first in the diocese, Madison Bishop Donald Hying learned of the event and allowed it to happen “without conveying any strong opinion either way,” King said.
Hooray for Bp. Hying. I suppose that this agitator with Fishwrap figured they would take a stab at the new bishop.
I wish I had known about the gun show. The next time they have one, I try to go to give them support.
BTW… the way things are going, we are all going to need guns soon.
As the old phrase goes when questioned:
“Why do you carry a gun?”
“Because a cop is too heavy.”
Pretty soon there won’t be any cops, and then where will we be?