There is no doubt Madison Bishop Robert Morlino finds himself, like many of his fellow Catholic conservatives, in a bit of a quandary. Morlino has a duty to full fidelity to Rome and the Vatican, even when Pope Francis is offering freshness with his left-leaning papal rhetoric. Left-leaning rhetoric, let it be shown, that inspires world-wide.
The world is enamored with Francis and his open and inclusive message in a way that the conservative harshness of Pope Benedict never could achieve. So how does Morlino wake up every morning knowing that his views about the church are only aimed to a narrow and ever-decreasing audience while Francis understands the modern world needs a new tone and approach if the church is to grow? What is a liturgical traditionalist and cultural conservative to do when competing against the natural move to a more progressive path?
With nothing short of being called political spin Morlino has had to, while not changing his views, at least muster some effort to paint himself with the same brush as the Pope. Morlino told a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal that he and Pope Francis were in sync. Perhaps in that they both say the rosary, but there is a huge difference between the two men.
But then Morlino lapses into his old-cultural warrior mode and states that Pope Francis actually is causing him to speak out even more forcefully on the church’s opposition to abortion, artificial contraception, stem cell research and homosexual acts. Clearly there is more that Morlino will need to learn about harmonizing with the big guy in the papal chair. After all, toning down the cultural issues has been one of Francis’ efforts over this past year.
What really caught my attention, however, was the need for the bishop, who is out of touch with many of his parishioners, to look over his shoulder to find out where he stands in relation to Rome.
There are people I ask who are close to the pope, ‘Am I on the wrong track?’ Because I want to know,” Morlino said. “And they say, ‘Not at all.’ ”
If one has to ask……
Clearly there is a lack of confidence Morlino has concerning his kinship to a pope who clearly speaks from a different perspective. The calculated rhetoric and actions that Morlino employed in the past about all sorts of social issues during the reigns of conservative popes will do him no good now. (Let it be noted it did him no good then. He has risen as far as he can go.) There is no way he can now tack too far away from his conservative stands without losing ‘credibility’. Therefore Morlino has to hope that he can avoid getting too much scrutiny from Rome.
I suspect many a Catholic parishioner in Madison is hoping for much the opposite.
From the too many guns and too easy to get file this Sunday morning. Or is this where the NRA says it would have been better had everyone had a gun so to stop the gunmen from shooting more rounds? Really, the NRA does make such suggestions.
Six people were shot early Sunday morning in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, including Orr Academy basketball player Tyquone Greer.
Greer, 19, a senior and All-City forward, was shot in the calf, Orr coach Louis Adams confirmed.
The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 4900 block of West Race, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.
Two males were allegedly involved in an argument at a party, Alfaro said. One male left, returned with a handgun and opened fire into the home.
Tim Russert must be shaking his head.
Just when I thought it could not get less serious on what once was the hallmark of Sunday morning news shows comes the latest head shaking moment. David Gregory on Meet The Press actually spent time this morning sharing the tweets the ‘talking head’ panel sent to their followers while the show was in progress.
I could not believe what I was seeing, and perhaps even more strange the assembled pundits and reporter at the table did not seem embarrassed.
I am not sure if Gregory ever mulls over the footage from the past decades when the show was a must-watch Sunday institution, but if he did there would be ample opportunity to witness serious dialogue and conversations with newsmakers that made for articles the following morning in the papers. The only thing left to report after today’s program is what time This Week airs on ABC next Sunday.
Short on carpentry skills, but full of ideas. That is how James and I venture into projects around the home.
This weekend, after weeks of planning, and with the aid of a real handyman our kitchen underwent a slight face-lift. New counter tops were added along with a new sink.
James and I have wanted to update a few things over the past months. The cupboards still need to be stained–in a few weeks once windows can be opened for air–along with new dogwood flower bloom style handles (one of my Mom’s favorite flowers) placed on cabinets. We are really pleased with the colorful appeal of this room. The place everyone gravitates towards regardless of the season.
These guys are just exceptional! Here is another performance of one of my favorites.
It is time for reasonable people on both sides of the political aisle to agree on the future of Republican State Representative Bill Kramer. He needs to resign his seat and slink away from the statehouse dome.
We all can have policy debates concerning a whole raft of issues, but when it comes to non-consensual and totally inappropriate and disgusting behavior there can be no rationalization, hemming, or hawing. The type of behavior that Kramer engaged in, and behavior that has been on-going, needs to be dealt with in a conclusive manner.
It is time Bill Kramer be told by his legislative colleagues and members of his party that he resign his seat. There is not, given the political demographics of the district, any threat that a Democrat will take it over. But with any luck the next Republican will not be a pervert.
Today came news that Kramer, while drinking in excess spoke in crude terms with a female lobbyist about topics such as oral sex that left the lobbyist “devastated” and in tears. Kramer then came up behind a legislative staffer and hugged her while grabbing a breast.
One could make remarks about Republican family values, but I will allow for the GOP to now take action and demonstrate where their priorities are when it comes to this matter. It should be very easy for every GOP member to make a statement and for the leadership to pull the plug on Kramer’s committee seats.
The voters of Wisconsin are watching and waiting for the Republican Party to deal with this mess from one of their members. Wisconsinites are also waiting for Bill Kramer to take full responsibility for his actions. and resign his seat.
I have no idea what it is about some men with a little power who think everyone considers them sexy. I have no idea why some people drink in excess, and think the more intoxicated they become the better lovers they are sure to be as they grope themselves into the headlines of newspapers.
The actions of those type of men are just pathetic.
It is time Wisconsin Republican State Representative Bill Kramer resign his seat. There is not, given the political demographics of the district, any threat that a Democrat will take it over. But with any luck the next Republican will not be a pervert.
The former majority leader of the Assembly who was stripped of that post this week now is facing an investigation into allegations he groped a legislative staffer on a fundraising trip to Washington, D.C. last week.
Meanwhile Friday, another top lawmaker in the Assembly has also come forward as the first person to confirm the allegations against Rep. Bill Kramer.
Assembly Republicans already ousted Kramer Tuesday from the No. 2 post in their house after accusations that he inappropriately touched the staffer and sexually harassed another woman, a lobbyist, on the trip. But the ongoing inquiry into his conduct could play a substantial role in whether the Waukesha Republican decides to run for re-election — Gov. Scott Walker and others have called for him to step down if the allegations prove true.
The staffer has filed a complaint against Kramer and it is now being investigated by Mark Kaeppel, the Legislature’s human resources manager, according to a document released Friday by Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller.
In a response to an open records request for the complaint from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fuller wrote in an email that he couldn’t release the complaint because doing so could harm the ongoing inquiry.
“The investigation is not yet concluded, and Mr. Kaeppel has several more people to interview. Disclosing the complaint at this time may undermine Mr. Kaeppel’s ability to obtain independent and forthright responses from persons yet to be interviewed and otherwise gather relevant information necessary to conduct a full and fair investigation,” Fuller wrote.
So far, only the single complaint has been filed and it deals with the events on the trip to Washington, Fuller wrote. Kaeppel didn’t return a phone call seeking comment on his interviews.
But along with the alleged victims, Kaeppel will almost certainly talk to Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), who has acknowledged witnessing much of the alleged harassment in Washington, D.C. Steineke, the assistant majority leader in the Assembly, ranks just behind Kramer in that house.
On Wednesday, Steineke told a reporter that after the fundraiser, he went to a bar as part of a group that included Kramer, the lobbyist and the legislative staffer.
At one point, Steineke said, he heard Kramer speaking in crude terms with the lobbyist about topics such as oral sex and saw that she was visibly upset. Steineke didn’t go into details of Kramer’s remarks but said they embarrassed him and left the lobbyist “devastated” and in tears.
Steineke said he intervened and helped get the lobbyist away from Kramer. He said Kramer appeared drunk.
After that, Steineke said, he saw Kramer come up behind the legislative staffer and hug her from behind. It appeared that in doing so he grabbed her breast.
“Did I just see what I think I saw?” he asked the staffer, who confirmed to him that she had been inappropriately touched.
At that point, Steineke said he removed Kramer from the bar and called Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) about taking steps to address Kramer’s conduct and the needs of the victims.