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Justice in medical treatment for people with disabilities Print
Respect Life
Thursday, May. 28, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

Justice can be an elusive concept, changing from century to century. What was accepted in one era, like slavery, can be unthinkable in another.

The biblical test of a just society was based on how people treated the widow, the orphan, and the stranger. These people were the underdogs of society, having no immediate family to protect them.

Who are the underdogs in our era? Who are the people most deserving of protection?

One group is clearly people with disabilities. They frequently have less education, less opportunity for fruitful jobs, and they face a society that is ambivalent about them.

"Grand Mom" writes her last column Print
Grand Mom
Written by Audrey Fixmer   
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Dear Friends, Yes, after 23 years of writing my “Grand Mom” column and getting so much feedback from my readers (emails, hand-written letters, conversations in grocery stores or churches), I feel deeply that I have developed friendships with you. I say that because it is with a touch of sadness that I tell you this is my final column.

A few weeks ago I learned that my lung cancer had crept into my bones and is likely to take my life within six months. That’s the bad news.

Pope gives Lenten message Print
National-World News
Written by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
ash wednesday ashes
Fr. Tait Schroeder, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Ashton, places ashes upon the forehead of a girl during Ash Wednesday Mass last year at St. Peter Church. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without making room for God’s word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life, Pope Francis said.

“Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect, and love,” the pope said in his message for Lent, which begins March 1 for Latin-rite Catholics.

“The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable,” he wrote.

‘Gifts’ for Lent

Released by the Vatican February 7, the text of the pope’s Lenten message — titled “The Word is a gift. Other persons are gift” — focused on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in the Gospel of St. Luke (16:19-31).

The parable calls for sincere conversion, the pope said, and it “provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life.”

In the Gospel account, Lazarus and his suffering are described in great detail. While he is “practically invisible to the rich man,” the Gospel gives him a name and a face, upholding him as worthy, as “a gift, a priceless treasure, a human being whom God loves and cares for, despite his concrete condition as an outcast,” the pope wrote.

Surge in voter turnout needs to continue Print
Eye on the Capitol
Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

On Independence Day, I saw many in the Badger State wearing red, white, and blue. Like some of you, I "liked" statements on social media asserting national pride and joined in singing patriotic songs at Mass.

These celebrations affirm our democracy and recognize those who have protected our founding freedoms.

Importance of elections

However after reviewing past election results, I was reminded that everyone enjoys the celebration, but many people don't like the planning. Elections are how we as citizens plan our government.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino's letter to the faithful regarding the ongoing sexual abuse crisis in the Church Print
Bishop Morlino's Letter

August 18, 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ of the Diocese of Madison,

The past weeks have brought a great deal of scandal, justified anger, and a call for answers and action by many faithful Catholics here in the U.S. and overseas, directed at the Church hierarchy regarding sexual sins by bishops, priests, and even cardinals. Still more anger is rightly directed at those who have been complicit in keeping some of these serious sins from coming to light.

For my part — and I know I am not alone — I am tired of this. I am tired of people being hurt, gravely hurt! I am tired of the obfuscation of truth. I am tired of sin. And, as one who has tried — despite my many imperfections — to lay down my life for Christ and His Church, I am tired of the regular violation of sacred duties by those entrusted with immense responsibility from the Lord for the care of His people.

The stories being brought into light and displayed in gruesome detail with regard to some priests, religious, and now even those in places of highest leadership, are sickening. Hearing even one of these stories is, quite literally, enough to make someone sick. But my own sickness at the stories is quickly put into perspective when I recall the fact that many individuals have lived through them for years. For them, these are not stories, they are indeed realities. To them I turn and say, again, I am sorry for what you have suffered and what you continue to suffer in your mind and in your heart.


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