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!
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.