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Bishop Morlino Gets A Bone

July 14, 2013

I simply do not understand the thing about body parts and the Catholic Church.  Praying to ‘the saints’ does not make sense to me, either.  I do understand the marketing when it comes to body parts, saints, and making inroads into varying parts of the globe for their religion, but when it comes to actual spiritual value so much of what Catholics do just leaves me cold.  We just do things differently in the Methodist churches.

You may know him as St. Jude, one of the 12 disciples commissioned by Jesus to  be the leaders of the early church. A small part of his remains — a right  forearm bone — will travel to Madison this month from its permanent home in  Chicago, where it is on daily display at a shrine.

It is the largest remains of an Apostle outside of Rome, said the Rev.  Michail Ford, the director of the Dominican  Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Chicago. The term “Apostle” denotes one of  the 12 disciples who traveled with Jesus, as well as the people who directly  knew Jesus and were sent out to teach the Gospel, Ford said.

From Thursday through July 26, the bone fragment will be at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on  Madison’s Near West Side, where it will be part of a special nine-day series of  Masses. Parishioners will pray to St. Jude, the patron saint of desperate cases,  for help for illness, financial difficulties and marital problems and for the  safety of loved ones.

One Comment
  1. July 14, 2013 8:02 PM

    Bizarre. Morlino is, of course, a right wing nut-job, but this bit about 2000 year old body parts is just insane. What kind of superstitious nonsense will they pack people’s heads with next?

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