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No Free-Thinkers In Bishop Morlino’s Church

March 27, 2009

Not a very enlightened Bishop.  We also should not forget that Bishop Morlino also served on the advisory board of the bloody institution once known as the School Of The Americas.  

Members of a Catholic parish in Beloit said they’ve been shocked by Madison Bishop Robert Morlino’s decision to fire their pastoral associate.

Ruth Kolpack said she was fired after refusing to renounce the views she expressed in a college thesis in 2003, arguing for more gender-inclusive language in Masses and questioning the church doctrine that limits ordination to men only.

Kolpack has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Beloit since 1974 and an employee for 26 years. In 1995, she became pastoral associate.

Madison Diocese spokesman Brent King said the bishop must have confidence priests and lay people are teaching church doctrine faithfully. He said in an e-mail “it can be inferred that this is no longer the case, and she was let go.”

The Chicago Tribune offers more to the story.

Kolpack wrote the thesis as part of her work on a master’s of divinity degree at St. Francis Seminary in suburban Milwaukee.

She said she never met Morlino until she was called to his residence March 12. In the 10-minute meeting, she said, he asked that she profess her faith, take a loyalty oath and renounce the thesis. She only was willing to do the first two things.

Macy Kunz, a church trustee at St. Thomas, said she is “shocked and angry” over the firing.

As pastoral associate, Kolpack “did everything but celebrate Mass,” she said.

Tom Lang, a member of the parish council, said he’s known Kolpack for 35 years and has never heard “anything unusual from her about Catholic doctrine.”

“She’s really the heart and soul of this parish. It’s devastating she’d be fired,” he said.

9 Comments
  1. Bishop Titus Andronicus permalink
    September 6, 2009 7:59 AM

    Well, He’s at it again. Telling schools not to show the President’s broadcast. Ratzinger said he wanted a smaller church, and Morlino is handing it to him. I didn’t realize this monster was on the board for School of the Americas until I saw your post, but it makes sense in light of what became of the Liberation Theology priests.

  2. April 2, 2009 11:06 PM

    Your comment is filled with such love…….should I assume you are a follower of Morlino?

  3. Katy permalink
    April 2, 2009 11:03 PM

    CUT THE CRAP ALREADY!!! The Bishop is trying to do his JOB, God forbid, he is trying to do the right thing! Haven’t you brainwashed zombie Obama supporting bobble heads figured out that the church doesn’t evolve around you!!!! me!!!! the pope!!!!! and all of the rest of the clerigy!!!! Through the Magesterium and natural law the church has survived through out the ages! Our Bishops and laity become the Bridegroom of Jesus Christ and not always answering to humans. They listen to God first! They are called by God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to make that special oath! The problem is, is that you people are disheartened and full of HATE. You do not see the BEAUTY beyond yourselves. It is not Republican right wing church. If you HATE the church sooooo much why don’t you people LEAVE!!!!!!! If I told my boss how to run his business he would show me the door. Haven’t you people ever been told NO in you lives!?? Have you ever really listened to God’s word besides your own!!!?????!? OHHHHHHH I forgot you lefties are the ones that want to control everyone’s lives with all of your massive Marxist, Saul Alinsky and BIG GOVERNMENT B.S. garbage that you want to PHYSICALLY SLAM DOWN EVERYONE’S THROATS!!!!!!!!!!!!! My question to you Catholic or truth haters out there is: Have you ever listened to God’s calling and where he wants you in your life?

  4. March 28, 2009 5:47 PM

    Oh yes, and Galileo, you’re much too great a thinker to indulge in ad hominem arguments. Rumors are just that, unsubstantiated whisperings. I believe you may have experienced some injury from them in your own time and should have learned from the experience.

  5. March 28, 2009 4:39 PM

    What Al seems to have missed is that, at least in the eyes of many Catholics, Catholic teaching is not wholly and entirely encapsulated in the mind of a single bishop. Ms. Kolpack’s thesis, the pretext for her firing, was accepted as part of the requirements for receiving a Master’s Degree from St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee-a bona fide Catholic institution that has trained priests and lay leaders for decades.

    The reality is that there is a small portion of the Church, including, unfortunately, much of the hierarchy, intent on dragging us back to the days before Vatican II. The broader Church is just that, broader in it’s understanding of the role of lay people, especially women, and the role of individual conscience. And, if we refuse to just leave the Church and allow it to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican right, maybe, just maybe it’s because our years or even decades of membership have convinced us that there is something valuable here, something worth persevering for, something for which it is even worth tangling with the hierarchy on occasion. If you’ve looked at the Gospels, you may have noticed that Jesus had a few dust-ups with the religious authorities of his day-some over the same issues.

  6. Galileo permalink
    March 28, 2009 11:42 AM

    I too differed with the Catholics and they put me under house arrest. They are not big tent thinkers, and now even the pope is trying to claim that condoms do not prevent AIDS.

    I also wonder what all the Catholics would say if they knew about the gay rumors that swirl around Bishop Morlino. He would not be the first gay bishop, but just another hypocrite in the church.

  7. Marc permalink
    March 28, 2009 11:28 AM

    I agree with Al, great points.

    It is unfortunate that our “enlightened” culture continues to seek to beat the catholic church into submission with a brick bat. For this, I felt compelled to write. The church is not Bishop Morlino’s, but God’s, and this very holy priest understands this…fully. God’s teachings come to us through two equal streams of grace, Divine Scripture and Divine Tradition. It is the Magisterium (the apostolic teaching authority of the church, through the pope & bishops) that continues to teach, uphold and support Christ’s teaching, plus nothing. The Church(here Bishop Morlino) will not and can not deviate from the teachings given us by Christ.

    As Bishop Sheen wrote many years ago, there are only a few people who literally hate the catholic church, but literally millions who hate what they perceive the catholic church to be. Most people’s views are based on perception, experience, and not on a deep, well informed study of the catholic church, coupled with a deep prayer life and a life that humbly places Christ first in everything.

    Looking at our culture: Recall that Satan was booted out of heaven due to his pride, his arrogance, and exerting his own will against God’s; he wanted to be God. Interestingly, many in our world today have also made themselves their own God, exerting their will above God’s and making themselves God as evidenced by their personal opinions and beliefs. We must humble ourselves before God, repent and align our will with his as He continues to draw each of us toward Himself over the course of this very short life. So, our purpose in this life is to know, to love and to serve God, so that we can be happy with him in this life and happy with Him in heaven.

    And who, at the end of his/her life, does not want to hear these word’s from Christ: Matthew 25 says, “Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” To not pursue and make Christ the priority of one’s life is to give into the evil one’s plan/goal of deception, lies, death and eternal damnation, where the eternal theme song in hell will be…”I Did It My Way.”

  8. March 27, 2009 10:06 PM

    Ruth Kolpack’s supporters should find a religous home that more closely aligns with their values. Ruth too. They need to take their money there too. Morlino’s spew is lock-step with the vatican. There’s a reason the descriptor of “recovering catholic” exists…grow some balls people!

  9. March 27, 2009 4:57 PM

    Well, let me ask you a few questions.

    1. Should a geology professor keep his job if he teaches that the earth is the shape of a cube?

    2. Should a high school biology teacher keep her job if she refuses to teach evolution, but only will teach creationism?

    3. Should the Democratic Party keep an employee who goes around talking about how great Rush Limbaugh’s ideas are? Who refuses to even consider that the Democratic platform might be better than Limbaugh’s platform?

    No? Then why should the Catholic Church be expected to keep an employee who propagates ideas that are directly opposed to Catholic teaching? The Catholic Church looks at its theology as similar to a hard science. There is a lot that is simply unknown or up for debate in the fields of both physics and theology. In those areas, there should be vigorous debate. There is also a lot that is pretty much settled. In those areas, if one cannot bring herself in line with the teachings of the Church, it is better for both her and the Church that she find a new religious body.

    She was given the option to pledge that she would stick to the official teachings of the Church, and keep her job. Not an unreasonable condition, considering that that’s exactly what she was hired for. But she refused. I wish her luck in finding a new job. But if she refuses to do the job she was hired for, and instead wants to do whatever she wants to do instead, she should do that somewhere else.

    I applaud Bishop Morlino for ensuring that those who are in teaching positions in the Catholic Church actually teach Catholicism, rather than just their own opinions.

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