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Bishop Robert Morlino Takes Verbal Slaps Day After Christmas

December 26, 2011

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

  1. CCrider permalink
    February 23, 2012 10:24 PM

    Randy…I’ve seen the same behavior first hand. Ash Wednesday, 2009, a day of fasting. Blundering Bob entertained his entourage at fine local Italian restaurant. I was embarrassed to say the least of him being here that day and his condition. His Director of Development was also quite the man around town…very embarrassing. A “seminarian” of his…I believe he followed him from Helena was absolutely worthless and no one could understand what he was doing here. His nick name was the Cabana Boy..what does that tell you?

    His unbridled spending resulted in massive layoffs and the closing of a soup kitchen. Meanwhile he spends like there is no tomorrow and his cronies are living off the meager donations of others.

    I have no doubt he has a problem. I only hope it gets addressed soon…for his sake.

  2. Randy permalink
    February 2, 2012 3:18 PM

    I left the catholic church here in helena mont while under bob’s thumb. Never mind he entertained lots of youg men at HIS salmon lake retreats. He didn’t quite bankrupt us here but he came aweful close. I would be at the montana club when only the best wine was poured for this twit. A good buddy of ratzingers that’s how this guy operates. One of the gay profs (a priest) wound up committing suicide here. I suspect this is one of those gay who hates gays. Unfortunately he has been bestowed limitless power by a pope of the same ilk. I have no regrets leaving the church

  3. Ben permalink
    January 8, 2012 7:52 PM

    Far from being a “embarrassment and stain” to Madison, our wonderful bishop is a voice crying out in the desert.

    Are you saying you disagree with him? Do you really think that the damned souls in hell should be welcome? Do you really think those living publicly against everything the church teaches (with no intention to change their ways) should be welcome?

    Yet the most important thing to keep in mind here is that barring the souls in hell, who’s minds have been made up for all eternity, Bishop Morlino is not excluding anyone. He is simply pointing out that many, by their own actions exclude themselves.

    Would you go to a book club with absolutely no intention to read the book? Would you then complain about being excluded? No one is being excluded here. Those who are being excluded are being excluded by their own choosing.

    Btw, dekerivers, there were two darn good reasons why priests were the only ones to read scripture in ages past. 1)Books were worth their weight in gold and 2) even if a common person did own one, chances are, he probably couldn’t read it!

  4. Mitchell permalink
    December 28, 2011 10:50 PM

    The writers miss the point. The Mass is a participation in the heavenly liturgy. Bishop Morlino said, certainly, not all are welcome–for fallen angels and those in hell are certainly not welcome. Anything that would make angels and saints in heaven uncomfortable should be be shunned. Yes, *all* those who sincerely seek the truth and Christ in this world *are welcome,* as the bishop said. But those who intentionally and obstinately reject Christ and his teachings through the Church, are not. Yes, “Light and life to all he brings,” but those who obsitnately reject it, are not welcome … until they accept it, of course.

  5. December 27, 2011 5:25 PM


    You have to be kidding me with your response of not allowing for honest opinions to be registered from those in the Catholic Church.

    Why not just go back to the time when only the priests read the Bible and turned their back on the parishioners? Pulling away from accountability is the fastest route to seeing dwindling numbers of Catholics who wish to attend services.

    You must do better than think Morlino has no peers or ones that can judge his actions.

    Earth to Del……earth to Del….come in please.

  6. Del permalink
    December 27, 2011 4:14 PM

    Bishop Morlino did not ban any songs. The faithful Catholics of Madison do not know what these Mssrs. Martin and Cook are smoking.

    Here are the harsh words of St. Paul, to any Christian who thinks it is suitable to insult the Church, the Bishop, and the faithful Catholics by writing letters to the secular newspapers:

    1 Cor 6:1-6
    1 If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? 2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6 But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!

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