Madison Catholic Herald
Statement from Bishop Hying on death of George Floyd Print
Bishop Hying's Letter

MADISON -- Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison issued the following statement on June 5 regarding the death of George Floyd and the steps forward towards healing and justice:

"I join my voice to so many others in condemning the horrific killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. Such actions of shocking violence have no place in our society. The Church has always upheld the dignity of the human person, the right to life, and the right to safety. When we recognize every individual as a brother or sister, we begin to build a culture of life and a civilization of love.

Catholic Herald wins additional press awards Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Catholic Herald-Diocese of Madison was awarded with two more awards in the 2020 Catholic Press Awards competition sponsored by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada (CPA).

Because of COVID-19, the annual Catholic Media Conference sponsored by the CPA was held virtually this year. The awards were announced during a virtual awards program on July 2.

Due to a glitch, not all of the awards were mentioned during the program and some were announced later.

The additional awards include first place for Best Feature Writing for retired Editor Mary C. Uhler's story on the Dane County Jail Apostolate, which can be found on the Catholic Herald website at

The paper also won honorable mention for Best Editorial on a Local Issue for Uhler's editorial "Vote In State-Wide Election On April 2".

The Catholic Herald won a total of seven CPA awards this year.

On the Year of Mercy Print
Bishop Morlino's Letter
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino   
Thursday, Dec. 03, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
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Bishop's Letter

“I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!” -- Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 5

“We serve to ensure that all individuals throughout the 11-county diocese are graciously invited every day to meet the person of Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, face to face and be changed by Him.” – Mission Statement of the Diocese of Madison

To the faithful of the Diocese of Madison,

In calling for an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has issued a call meant not only to urge a return to the Almighty, but also to reinvigorate and inspire those of us who try to live lives as followers of Jesus Christ. In fact, the Holy Father has also unintentionally, but not surprisingly, endorsed our own diocesan “mission.”

The Holy Father begins his Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae Vultus, with the following words: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.” In carrying out our diocesan mission of “inviting others to meet the person of Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, face to face, and be changed by Him,” we are inviting them to meet the face of the Father’s mercy -- to meet mercy incarnate. This invitation is one which is tied up in a challenging realization with regard to who God is and who “I” am, and it should be a profound and even startling invitation for each woman and man who lives in, and grapples with, a world that is nearly completely lacking in mercy.

Our world and our culture offer a great deal of lip-service to certain notions of tolerance and license, but these notions are grounded in a premise that truth is what you make it, and is subject to change, if public opinion is swayed to agree on the matter. Absent a grounding in the Truth and a foundation in humanity’s authentic encounter with mercy itself, all attempts at justice and mercy are mere shadows, structures built on sand. To experience mercy and to grant mercy, individuals and cultures must be anchored in the Truth and in a recognition of sin and repentance.

Pope says peace is impossible without fraternity based on Christ Print
National-World News
Written by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
Pope Francis led a vigil to pray for peace in Syria in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sept. 7, 2013. The pope recently issued his first annual message for the January 1 World Day of Peace.(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In his first annual message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis writes that peace and social justice are impossible without a spirit of fraternity based on recognition that all men and women are children of God -- a relationship fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The nearly 5,000-word message, entitled "Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace," was released by the Vatican for the World Day of Peace January 1.

Fraternity needed for lasting peace

"Without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace," the pope writes. "At the same time, it appears clear that contemporary ethical systems remain incapable of producing authentic bonds of fraternity, since a fraternity devoid of reference to a common Father as its ultimate foundation is unable to endure. True brotherhood among peoples presupposes and demands a transcendent Fatherhood."

The pope adds that, "in a particular way, human fraternity is regenerated in and by Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection. The cross is the definitive foundational locus of that fraternity which human beings are not capable of generating themselves."

Pope Francis surveys contemporary attacks on human dignity -- including war, economic exploitation, crime, environmental pollution and violations of religious freedom -- he says require awareness and practice of humanity's brotherhood and sisterhood in Christ.

He decries a widespread "poverty of relationships as a result of the lack of solid family and community relationships," and writes that "fraternity is generally first learned in the family, thanks above all to the responsible and complementary roles of each of its members, particularly the father and the mother."

Governor signs abortion insurance ban into law Print
State News
Written by Pam Payne   
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Governor Scott Walker has signed Assembly Bill 128 into law as 2017 Wisconsin Act 91.

The act bans abortion coverage in public employee insurance policies by prohibiting Wisconsin’s Group Insurance Board from entering into any contract with respect to a group health insurance plan or providing a group health insurance plan on a self-insured basis if, with certain exceptions, the plan provides abortion services to state employees under the Wisconsin Retirement System.


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