Heidi Gold, right, and her sister, Kathryn (Katy) Rinderle will join the Catholic Church during Easter Vigil services, April 3, at St. Francis Borgia Parish, Cedarburg, and St. Josaphat Basilica, Milwaukee, respectively. The sisters were raised as Evangelical Lutherans and traveled separated faith journeys to the Catholic faith. (Catholic Herald photo by Juan C. Medina) […]
In our melting pot of peoples, languages and backgrounds, Americans are not noted as examples of “high” culture. But we can take pride as a rule in our passion for fairness. In the Vatican where I currently work, my colleagues – whether fellow cardinals at meetings or officials in my office – come from many different countries, continents and cultures. As I write this response today (March 26, 2010) I have had to admit to them that I am not proud of America’s newspaper of record, the New York Times, as a paragon of fairness.
I say this because today’s Times presents both a lengthy article by Laurie Goodstein, a senior columnist, headlined “Warned About Abuse, Vatican Failed to Defrock Priest,” and an accompanying editorial entitled “The Pope and the Pedophilia Scandal,” in which the editors call the Goodstein article a disturbing report (emphasis in original) as a basis for their own charges against the Pope. Both the article and the editorial are deficient by any reasonable standards of fairness that Americans have every right and expectation to find in their major media reporting.
Editor’s note: Fr. Brundage is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee currently serving in the Archdiocese of Anchorage. This article is written with the consent of Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki and Anchorage Archbishop Roger L. Schwietz. To provide the context to this article, I was the judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee […]
Following Communion at the Tuesday, March 30 Chrism Mass, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki addressed the congregation at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee regarding the reports that surfaced last week as to how the Holy See handled the case of Fr. Lawrence Murphy, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, who sexually abused […]
VATICAN CITY –– The Vatican defended a decision not to laicize a Wisconsin priest who sexually abused deaf children, despite the recommendation of his bishop that he be removed from the priesthood. In a statement responding to a report in the New York Times, the Vatican said that by the time it learned of the […]
The Statement of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in Response to the 3/25/10 New York Times ArticleThe case of Lawrence Murphy has been well documented since the mid-1970s when allegations were first reported to civil authorities, although criminal charges were not filed. A chronology of Lawrence Murphy is available on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Web site […]
In 1997, Matt De Witt gave up soda, an act of self-denial that was meant to help him take stock of his spiritual life and bring him closer to God – critical goals of this 40-day preparation for Easter. In most instances, Lenten deprivations are short-lived, but in De Witt’s case, it continues to this […]
Shirts hang from the rafters of the Divine Savior Holy Angels Quad, representing the workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. Each shirt tells the story of one worker at the factory at the time of the 1911 fire which took 146 lives. Playgoers were each given a swatch of cloth representing […]
A World Youth Day pilgrim from Marquette University wears a T-shirt with a drawing of Pope Benedict XVI during a Mass in the chapel at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago Aug. 9, 2005. The O’Hare chapel is one of 30 in existence around the country. A local group is hoping that Mitchell International Airport in […]
Colleen Brady WHITEFISH BAY — Colleen Brady has been selected Dominican High School’s new Head of School, according to a news release issued by the school on March 10. Brady’s appointment, announced by the Board of Directors of Dominican High School and the sponsoring Sinsinawa Sisters, is effective July 1, 2010. Brady will be responsible […]