RIP, Bishop Morlino, servant of Christ

Bishop Robert MorlinoA lion for Christ has died. RIP Bishop Robert Morlino.

As someone who once had the pleasure of meeting Bishop Morlino and who, living in the diocese next door to his, greatly admired the incredible things he accomplished– things that prove good bishops can turn back the tide of heterodoxy — this news has greatly saddened me.

For what His Grace did and accomplished in his diocese was remarkable given that, when he was appointed to it, was the proverbial train wreck to end all train wrecks. It was so bad, it was “legion,” and I use that word advisedly.

Despite vociferous, full-throated opposition from those who want to remake the Catholic Church in the image of man and the age, he directed the Church in the Diocese of Madison in the direction of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, he did so by following the example of the total faithfulness and witness for her Son given by Our Lord’s Blessed Mother. He was a true servant of the servants of Christ.

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Beer Review: Great Divide’s Yeti series

I’m always attracted to great, different microbrews, especially if they’re new to me, and even more if they’re stouts (although I usually drink the ubiquitous and seemingly de rigeur IPAs). This is what prompted me to once try what is now my gold standard, North Coast Brewing Company’s “Rasputin” imperial Russian stout.

So when I stopped into my local beer distributor earlier this week, I was intrigued by a brewery that seems to not only simply feature a stout or two on its list of crafted beers but to specialize in them. My curiosity was aroused.

On sale was a triangular three-pack of 1 pint, 6 fl. ounce bottles of different stouts called the “Yeti” series by Great Divide Brewing Company out of Denver. It also featured a free metal coffee cup, perfect for enjoying one’s brew.

I’ve only had two so far, the chai-spiced and the imperial stouts (I’ve still to try the oatmeal stouts), but for the moment, I’m convinced I made a very good purchase. Indeed, as I wrote this, I was enjoying a refreshing quaff of the chai-spiced variety, an excellent writing companion. And for what it was worth, I drank it at room temperature. It suffered nothing from being “warm.”

I find it very hard to find a good stout. They tend, it seems to me, to be made for the drinker with a pilsner palate or whose taste buds tend toward lagers. That is they’re light, not very full bodied, etc., and lack that robust taste one finds in, say, the aforementioned Imperial Russian Stout from North Coast Brewing (which, sadly, is harder to find these days).

Definitely not the case here. GDBC’s stouts are not overpowering, but they are decidedly and pleasingly flavorful. And flavor is a great thing, especially when you’re spending $24 for three (albeit large) bottles.

What is more, they do not have the typical high ABV (alcohol by volume).

The only downside: My bottles were out of date by a year (not that you could tell by the taste).

Drink you next time!


A Conversation I Never Wanted to Have

Possibly proving that good can come out evil, the garbage happening with Judge Kavanaugh forced me to have a conversation with my adolescent daughter I never envisioned happening. However … and God forbid, PLEASE!, that this ever happens … if she should ever find herself the victim of a sexual assault, I hope she will now be better situated to deal with it in a way that will increase both her credibility and that justice will come to the person who attacks her.

If she is ever sexually assaulted (or assaulted in any way), she should do each of the following:

  1. Get immediate medical attention. Don’t shower, don’t wash, don’t douche (I didn’t say that part, but it should factor in), don’t collect $200, just pass “Go,” and get to a doctor, Urgent Care facility, or hospital. That way medical experts there can collect scientific evidence that will help convict the perpetrator if police ever catch him or her.
  2. Go to the police. “How?” she asked. Have a friend or family call, call 911, ask the medical personnel, stop a cop, make the police station your first stop on the way home. Do whatever you have to do, but make sure you give them a written statement. That way a public record is extant, and thereby no confusion exists that later calls into doubt the date, the time, or the fact that such an assault happened. But, I heavily stressed, don’t ever file a false report for any reason. To do so, I told her, “would be evil, about the worst thing you could ever do outside of murder.” Because you would then be murdering someone’s good name and reputation.
  3. Tell friends and family. Tell them. Let them know. Yes, you’re embarrassed. Yes, you’re ashamed. Yes, you’re feeling emotional pain. Yes, you’re afraid. However, do it anyway. By doing so, you now have hopefully credible people who can vouch for you should your recollections ever be called into question.
  4. Journal about your experience. A diary is not a public record. It does, however, provide additional written evidence that can be shown to authorities at a later time that will help bolster that X happened on Y date in Z place, and this is how it went down.

None of this will guarantee that someone will get arrested. None of this will guarantee a conviction. It will not even guarantee that people will believe you, especially if the accused has a reputation of good standing within his or her community.

What it will do, though, is to increase the chances that good people will believe you, that your accusations will result in an arrest, and that this arrest will result in a conviction. Why? Because you will have created an evidentiary trail that others can follow.

After all, what is the biggest problem with the charges against Brett Kavanaugh? No such evidentiary trail exists. This is why I and countless millions of others refuse to believe the dark charges that scum are attempting to use to paint over the canvas of brilliant colors that is the rest of the Judge’s life. They have no hard details of date, time, and corroborating witnesses. In fact, no one has backed up a single charge made by these people.

So if this sort of thing does happen to anyone — again, please, God forbid — then doing the above creates a better chance that people will receive a victim’s charges with credence and support.

This and That, Uncategorized

A North Korean Christmas

Please take a moment to read this (thank you): At Christmas and year’s end, we consider our many blessings. After faith, life, family, and health, the greatest of all is the freedom we enjoy. So as you go to church, light a candle, say your prayers, eat your Christmas or Hanukkah feast, as you raise your toasts, and as you make your New Year’s resolutions, please think of and — most importantly —  pray for the people of North Korea (aka, DPRK), for here is how the Christmas season will look to them.

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New papal motu proprio re: the making of saints

Yesterday, July 11, 2017, the Holy Father released a motu proprio that enacts a third category of those eligible for sainthood: Those who gives their lives in an act of charity. This is in addition to the two previous categories, those who died in odium fidei (hatred of the faith, i.e., martyrs) and those who died after living a life of heroic Christian virtue.

Here is the Google Translate version of the document, which is at this point only available in Latin and Italian: Continue reading


Saints Causes Progress

From a Vatican news release:

Promulgation of the Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints (16 June 2017), 17.06.2017


On 16 June 2017, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

During the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the following decrees:

– the martyrdom of the Venerable Servant of God Teresio Olivelli, layperson (NOTE: Pictured above); killed in hatred of the faith on 17 January 1945; (Here is the Wikipedia article on him.)

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God António José De Sousa Barroso, bishop of Porto; born 5 November 1854 and died on 31 August 1918;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God José de Jesus López y González, bishop of Aguas Calientes and Founder of the Congregation of the Catholic Sisters Teachers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; born on 16 October 1872 and died on 11 November 1950;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Agostino Ernesto Castrillo, bishop of San Marco Argentano-Bisignano, of the Order of Friars Minor; born on 18 February 1904 and died on 16 October, 1955;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giacomo da Balduina (né Benjamin Filon), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin; born on 2 August 1900 and died on 21 July 1948;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Mary of Angels (née Giuseppa Operti), professed nun of the Order of the Descalced Carmelites and founder of the Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa of Turin; born on 16 November 1871 and died on 7 October 1949;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Umiltà Patlán Sánchez (née Maria), professed religious sister of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; born 17 March 1895 and died on 17 June 1970.


After the Faruqi Bill: Towards a Culture of Life

The Sydney Tory

Last week, protesters gathered to hang coat hangers on the gates of NSW Parliament House. The coat hangers featured the faces of 25 politicians who voted against the Abortion Law Reform Bill; a defeated bill that was originally introduced by Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi to decriminalise abortion access across NSW. The bill’s defeat was heralded as an “attack on women’s rights” by the pro-choice left and social media roared thereafter with a multitude of reactions.

I for one am grateful that the Faruqi bill was defeated.

This represents not only a victory for the pro-life movement but also an indication of how grassroots activism and advocacy will always trump cheap sloganeering and fear mongering. Over 56,000 signatures were collected in a petition against the bill and a new conversation has been kindled.

Indeed, the recent spate of abortion bills introduced in New South Wales and Queensland represents an…

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Archbishop Charles Chaput Speaks About Immigration

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, the feast of St. Joseph, Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., ordinary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, called a 4pm prayer service at his See, the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul. During the prayer service, he gave the following homily:

I was hoping to have a cathedral full of people who disagree with where the Church stands on immigration. However I suspect most of us here today stand where the Church stands.

Nonetheless I’m going to preach about where the Church stands, and we together can pray we can move the conversation about immigration along in that direction. Continue reading


First Laotian Blesseds!

From Radio Vatican:

On 11 Dec, 2016, the Catholic Church of Laos welcomed its first group of Blessed. More than a thousand Catholics witnessed the Beatification ceremony of the 17 martyrs of Laos, presided over by Filipino Orlando Cardinal Quevedo in the Sacred Heart Cathedral of the Laotian capital Vientiane.  The group of 17 martyrs known as “Joseph Tien and his 16 companions” met their end in the last century in the hands of Communist Pathet Lao forces. A miracle is now needed to clear them for canonization or sainthood.  Since the Dec. 11 Beatification, Laotian Catholic communities as well as religious congregations associated with the martyrs have been celebrating thanksgiving Masses.

German Oblate of Mary Immaculate priest,  Fr. Thomas Klosterkamp is the postulator or promoter of the sainthood cause of the 17 martyrs of Laos.  He was not present at the Beatification in Vientianne but came to know about it from those who attended the ceremony.  Today, in the first of a 2-part interview, Fr. Klosterkamp begins by telling us about the Beatification in Vientianne.