MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino said Sunday, June 10, that St. Raphael Cathedral church would be rebuilt on the site of the present church in downtown Madison.
Bishop Morlino made the announcement at the conclusion of a Eucharistic Procession celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi - the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Bishop Morlino has spent more than two years listening, consulting, and praying about the cathedral future.
"I truly believe in my heart that the decision at which I have arrived is what God wills," Bishop Morlino said. (For more on his comments on the cathedral, see Bishop Speaks.)
St. Raphael's cornerstone was laid in 1854, and the church, located at 222 W. Main St., was designated as the cathedral church for the newly established Diocese of Madison in 1946. Much of the church was destroyed in an arson fire on March 14, 2005.
Bishop Morlino said that the footprint of the new church would be different than the current cathedral. The new church will be bigger and is expected to seat 1,000 people. It will be erected where the current church, rectory, and parking lot now exist.
The new entrance will be on Fairchild St., rather than on Main St. The diocese will use the current steeple, which was installed in 2004, and as much as they can salvage from the existing church.
A final design has yet to be determined. The bishop announced that a feasibility study would be done on the financial aspects of the project. The diocese has an insurance settlement of $6.125 million for use in building a new cathedral. Full story ...
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-- Posted: 6/14/2007, 12:36 a.m. Central Time
Fr. Kenneth Klubertanz permanently removed from priestly ministry
MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison announced on Tuesday, June 12, that it has received official notification from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the penal judicial trial of Fr. Kenneth E. Klubertanz, a priest of the Diocese of Madison.
In accord with the final decision regarding credible accusations of sexual abuse brought against Father Klubertanz, he has been found guilty of sexually abusing a minor in an ecclesiastical judicial trial conducted in the Diocese of Madison and has therefore been judged unsuitable for priestly ministry.
Upon receipt of a complaint against Father Klubertanz in 2002, the Diocese of Madison requested that he voluntarily take administrative leave. The Diocesan Review Board found the allegations against Father Klubertanz to be credible. Then Bishop of Madison, Bishop William H. Bullock, referred the matter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the church's competent authority on the process for handling matters of this type. Full story ...