Catholic Hatred For Deceased Gay People Pumped By Bishop Morlino

Having long felt that Madison Bishop Morlino is a closeted homosexual–just based on my gaydar when watching and listening to him, and Lord knows that makes me want to poke out my mental eye–makes his continual attacks on gay men and woman utterly mystifying.  His views are more than just bigotry, but instead are outright deplorable acts of hatred disguised as some religious gobble-gook .  This past week there was yet another layer of utter disgust that spread across Southern Wisconsin when Morlino went after gay people–WHO ARE DECEASED!

You read that correctly.

A weekly newsletter to priests in the Madison Catholic Diocese by Bishop Robert Morlino’s top aide spelled out a series of “considerations” to use in deciding whether to provide funeral rites for people in same-sex unions, angering gay advocates who slammed it as offensive.

The confidential email, sent last Saturday by Vicar General James Bartylla with Morlino’s backing, said rites “may be denied for manifest sinners” if providing the services would cause unavoidable “public scandal of the faithful.”

Someone needs to hold Morlino’s vestments down as I feel a storm  brewing from those with working brain stems in this diocese.   In addition, those of us in the secular world have some things to say to moldy, bigoted, misogynistic men like Morlino.

Steve Starkey, executive director of LGBT OutReach, a Madison-based secular, advocacy group self-described as “South Central Wisconsin’s LGBT Community Center,” said Bartylla’s overall message was backward and homophobic.

“The ‘gay lifestyle’ is we work, we go to school, we own homes, we own cars, we have children,” Starkey said, expressing frustration that “other faiths have evolved on this issue” while Morlino “just refuses to budge at all.”

“It’s really negative when a big institution like the Catholic Church practices discrimination and then encourages other people to discriminate against a group of people,” Starkey said. “If it was people of color or people with disabilities who were being singled out, it wouldn’t stand.”

Can any gay person now say they can feel at home in the Catholic Church?   I spoke with a gay person this week and heard first hand how he does not feel accepted in a local parish.    Morlino continues to do a grave injury to the Catholic Church by his foolish utterances and actions.  The sad reality is there is much anti-gay hatred within the Catholic Church and Morlino could be the poster-child for such behavior.

Unsolicited Review For My Book “Walking Up The Ramp”

I was perfectly delighted this week in receiving a review of my book Walking Up The Ramp as it was warm and most generous.

I just want to tell you both how much I enjoyed reading Gregory’s book.  I was very interested in all the details, both the happy ones about family life and the radio station and work in the legislature and the sad ones about hard times in school.  I especially loved the descriptions of Gregory’s parents and his relationship with them.  I could see instantly how beautifully it paralleled James’s relationship with his family.  It was obvious long before you two met in the book that you would be perfect kindred spirits and soulmates.  Of course the best part was about your life together, keeping your parents present in your shared life,.treasuring your keepsakes from home and paying kindness forward.  Through it all there was such a wonderful sincere, honest, spirit, such a genuinely friendly interest in people and curiosity about life.  It was a delightful and warming read. 

Why It Matters For Senator Hatch To Retire, Mitt Romney To Seek Election

The news keeps coming and sounding the same as reports from earlier this year.

Senator Orrin Hatch has privately told allies in Utah that he is planning to retire at the end of his term next year, and if he does, Mitt Romney intends to run for his seat.    Why this is so important to CP is based on one primary reason.

Establishment Republicans must not allow for any slippage in their ranks at a time when nationalistic and other harmful elements are hijacking their party.

It has been reported for months that Republicans in Utah have been quietly working behind the scenes to convince 83-year-old Hatch, who is the longest-serving Republican Senator in Washington, that it is time to retire.  Threats of a primary challenge at a time when a number of state polls show a majority of voters want him to retire makes an insurgent candidate from the unglued part of the party a real possibility.  Therefore Hatch is going exit on a graceful note.

Which brings us to Mitt Romney.  While I am not a kindred spirit to his political points of view I am well aware he is a reasoned and sensible person.  Given the lack  of morals and principle among too many in the GOP due to President Trump I think it most important that the seat be carried by one with ties to the party establishment.

In addition, I have favored the spine that Romney has been able to locate at times when standing up to Trump.  A voice of that kind in the Senate will be of value to the entire nation.

The New Yorker Cover “October Surprise” Is Truly Scary

What a perfectly toned and styled cover to convey the scary nature of what is taking place in America.

Quote Of The Week


“[Brexit] was the single stupidest thing any country has ever done, but then we Trumped it.”

— Media mogul and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

“Border Patrol Agents Stopped The Ambulance She Was Riding In.”

This week there was one story which just struck me in the heart.

A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy was detained by federal immigration authorities in Texas after she passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint on her way to a hospital to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery.

It is indeed, sadly, a true story.   While so many aspects to this story are troubling the part that brought a shout from my chair as I was reading the newspapers was when it stated “Border Patrol agents stopped the ambulance she was riding in.”

There is no way to defend such behavior. The xenophobia in this nation, which has allowed for those in power to even think such things and then follow through on them—as evidenced by this story–is simply staggering.

Everyone of us who knows and loves a young child, should picture that child in that hospital bed, picture that child being taken away by armed agents, while recovering from a serious surgery and then being handed over to strangers in a children’s prison. Think about that child crying for their Mom while bring afraid and in pain.

How can this be happening in our country?   How can the evangelicals who make sure to attend church each Sunday, and then demonstrate in polls across the nation their strong support for President Trump live their lives in such a split personality type of way?  Family values at church as they show off for their friends and then supporting truly immoral and outrageous policies during the rest of the week?

ICE agents stopped an ambulance!  Might any minister on Sunday morning find that a reason to speak from the pulpit about what Jesus would have us do?

And so it goes.