Two verbal slaps awaited the ever-repressive Bishop Robert Morlino this morning as he read the local paper. The Wisconsin State Journal printed two Letters to the Editor that made it quite clear where Morlino has again slipped away into his own cloistered mind while leaving parishioners out in the cold.
Over and over Morlino provides fodder for his detractors, and one must wonder if he aims to provoke for the sake of controversy, or if indeed this style of incompetent leadership is the best his abilities allow for when it comes to local Catholics.
Either way it is a continual embarrassment and stain on the Catholic Church.
The bishop of the Diocese of Madison is quite right, of course, when he urges that we ban the singing of “All Are Welcome” at the Mass, for the simple reason that, well, all are not welcome. No room for sinners on the glory train to paradise!
But Bishop Robert Morlino doesn’t go far enough. We’re going to have to refrain from singing other misleading songs, including several old standbys of the Christmas season.
How can we in good conscience, for example, sing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” when it clearly states that the savior came to “save us all from Satan’s power”? Dangerous nonsense!
“It Came upon the Midnight Clear” contains similar apostasy, to wit: “Peace on the earth, good will to all”!
And although most don’t know it, unless they’ve made it all the way to the third verse, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” clearly states that “Light and life to all he brings,” referring to our lord.
We’ll also have to exclude certain portions of the book of Isaiah and large chunks of the Gospels themselves, including that business with the loaves and fishes, where everybody gets fed, regardless of whether or not they say the right words to the creed.
I have every confidence that the bishop will take care of this problem in the fullness of time.
— Marshall J. Cook, Madison
The latest pronouncement from Bishop Robert Morlino, this time regarding his preference for excluding the hymn “All Are Welcome” from the liturgy, offers yet more evidence he has lost sight of the essential message of the Gospels.
The God whose incarnation we celebrate in this season made everyone with whom he came in contact feel welcomed in his presence.
It’s a shame that the bishop seems determined not only to restrict salvation more narrowly than the God he worships, but also to confuse his opinion with his authority in deciding how others express their worship of the same God. I am certain Jesus would offer him a gentle but unmistakable rebuke.
— Jonathan E. Martin, Madison