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White Mass held to honor those in medical fields Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 24, 2009 -- 12:00 AM
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Bishop Robert C. Morlino receives the Offertory gifts from Dr. Elizabeth and Peter Larson and their children Anthony, Gianna, and Alexander (not shown), during the Diocesan White Mass, held September 19 at St. Paul’s University Catholic Center in Madison. (Catholic Herald photo/Kat Wagner)

MADISON -- When Jesus gave Pontius Pilate the testimony of the “noble confession,” that he is the Christ and son of God, Pontius Pilate gave us the symbol for how to reject truth: “What is Truth?”

“That’s our world -- it’s a world very hostile to the noble profession Jesus made and very hostile to the noble confession you and I are going to make,” Bishop Robert C. Morlino said during his homily at the White Mass September 19 at St. Paul’s University Catholic Center in Madison.

But those in the health care profession should remember that the human person is a mind/body unity, he said, “and as you work to heal the body, with God’s help and those around you, you have to work to heal the spirit -- the mind, the soul.”

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Sr. Lucentia Klonecki after 31 years as pastoral associate Print
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Thursday, Sep. 17, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

JANESVILLE -- Sr. Lucentia Klonecki, the pastoral minister at St. Patrick Parish in Janesville for 31 years, is retiring.

St. Patrick Parish will honor Sister Lucentia at an open house brunch to be held at St. Patrick School auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are invited to come and visit with Sister Lucentia.

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‘40 Days’ vigil begins Sept. 23 in Madison Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 17, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The third 40 Days for Life prayer vigil to be held in Madison at the east side Planned Parenthood clinic will begin Wednesday, Sept. 23, but the annual event kicked off September 12 with a luncheon gathering at nearby Reindahl Park.

The 40 Days for Life ecumenical effort, echoed in more than 200 cities in-ternationally, draws at least two people each hour for nearly 2,000 volunteer-hours of around-the-clock prayer from September 23 to November 1 outside the abortion clinic on Orin Rd. in Madison.

Volunteers, many of whom sign up for multiple hours but also some who come as groups or only for the hour they can spare, spend the time praying for whose lives will be lost to abortion and those whose lives will be affected by it.

Last Updated on Friday, Sep. 18, 2009 -- 9:20 AM
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Diocese releases guidelines for Communion during flu season Print
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Thursday, Sep. 17, 2009 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Diocese of Madison recently released guidelines, developed at the Priests' Council meeting September 10, for the reception of Holy Communion and other moments of possible contagion during the Eucharistic Liturgy in the context of this year's flu season.

The guidelines were released in a memo dated September 14 to priests, deacons, and lay faithful and are expected to be published in parish bulletins throughout the diocese during the weekends of September 19 and 20 and September 27 and 27.

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Speaker addresses why -- and how -- to fight moral relativism Print
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Written by Emily Seyfert, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Sep. 17, 2009 -- 12:00 AM
Patrick Madrid

Patrick Madrid

MADISON — Abortion. Euthanasia. Pornography as art. We are constantly debating issues we know to be objectively wrong. Yet, time and again in our discussions, we hit a brick wall: “Well, that’s what you believe, but don’t force your opinions on me.”

At a recent talk at the Bishop O’Connor Center in Madison, Patrick Madrid demonstrated not just how to get past the brick wall, but how to dismantle it altogether.

That brick wall is moral relativism. Though it appears under many a benign guise, most frequently tolerance, it is anything but benign. Far from being a plea for “why don’t we all just get along,” moral relativism can lead to and support immoral practices.

Photographs that are pornographic in hideous and violent ways are exhibited as art in public museums. A newborn baby is left to die on a hospital counter in Los Angeles because he was born at 19 weeks and nothing is done to save premature babies until they reach 20 weeks gestation.

“That happened because of moral relativism,” Madrid said, because of a worldview that says we have to allow evil, because saying “that’s wrong” is considered intolerant.

“We are living through a culture war,” Madrid stated, and we are called to actively use our minds in the combat.

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