Bishop Robert C. Morlino

Bishop Robert Morlino’s Statement on “Laudato Si”

24 June 2015

Bishop Robert C. Morlino’s statement on the release of the encyclical Laudato Si
Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015 — 10:33 AM
The Catholic Herald – Diocesan Newspaper of the Diocese of Madison WI


Bishop Robert C. Morlino offers the following statement on the release of the encyclical, Laudato Si, by our Holy Father, Pope Francis:

bishop morlino disclaimerWith the release of today’s encyclical, Laudato Si (Praise be to you, my Lord – On Care for Our Common Home), our Holy Father, Pope Francis, offers the Church, and in fact the entire world, the opportunity to reflect on important truths of God and His creation, which we know, from its origin, is good. Gifted with the rest of the natural world, human beings have been given the serious obligation to care not only for the dignity of every other human, for the love of their Creator, but also to care for the rest of His creation as well. God has given us an awesome responsibility.

While I have not yet made my way through the entire encyclical, I’d like to offer a few reflections at this time, taken, admittedly, from the perspective of a pastor of souls and person of faith:

First, and probably most importantly, I would encourage everyone to take the time, and with an open mind and open heart, to read the encyclical for themselves. It is rather long and it won’t be an “easy read,” but don’t allow pundits or reporters, even ones you might trust, to tell you what the Pope’s letter is or isn’t about, or what it says. Read it, pray about it, and have honest discussions about what we can reasonably do to become better stewards of all of God’s creation. Make sure to keep God at the center of your reflections and discussions, and be vigilant to recognize when others, especially those doing so publicly on television or in print, try to separate it, even for a moment, from God. Just yesterday, at his general audience, the Pope implored women and men of good will to accept his letter with open hearts. This is important, because this is how the Holy Spirit can work in and through us. So, it is with an open heart that I will continue to read, study, reflect, and pray about this encyclical.

With that said, Pope Francis very clearly presents, in Laudato Si, that the ecology of human nature and the ecology of the rest of the natural world can never be separated, and that the first concern is for the ecology of the human body. When one respects authentic human ecology, they will respect the ecology of the rest of creation and when one does not respect human ecology, they will not respect that of the rest of creation — or at least will not have an authentic understanding of why all of creation is worthy of respect. This, however, isn’t going to get many headlines. The Pope makes a clear plea for our taking responsibility to act in accordance with God’s direction in Genesis, to “’till and keep’” the garden of the world . . . cultivating, ploughing or working, while . . . caring, protecting, overseeing, and preserving.” Ignoring this responsibility has repercussions for our “common house,” and it also hurts our relationship with God and our neighbor, especially the poorest among us.

The Holy Father challenges us, as he has from the beginning of his pontificate, to grow in holiness. In reaffirming core Catholic moral teaching, based on the direct link between human and the rest of natural ecology, he goes on to offer us his prudential judgments for actions we might take individually, in families and communities, as well as by the Church and as nations, to be better stewards of God’s precious gift of creation.

Through circulating this letter to the world, the Holy Father gives us an opportunity to share what we, as Christ’s Church, believe about God, the human person, and all of creation. We should welcome this opportunity and engage our family, friends, and communities on these important matters.


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Happy Anniversary to my Bishop, Robert C. Morlino

1 August 2013

Thank you to Father John Zuhlsdorf for remembering His Excellency, Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, WI on his tenth year as Bishop.

I had the pleasure of meeting my Bishop right after Benediction following the public Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi this year. He was kind, warm and thrilled when I told him that he was one of my main factors in deciding to move to Madison!

He responded with a jolly Santa-like laugh and thanked me with a hug when I told him I had escaped from NJ. A lovable, charitable man.

I wanted to write a personal tribute to Bishop Morlino but I have taken some time off since July 17th to spend tome with Sarah (@CatholicTeen) before she goes to Boot Camp with the National Guard in August. there are many things to do and so I am cross-posting FatherZ’s piece which is wonderful.

Thank you, Father Z!

Bp. Morlino … ad multos annos

Posted on 1 August 2013 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf at his blog,
“Father Z’s Blog

On 1 August 2003, His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino was installed as Bishop of Madison. Madison, one of the great liberal bastions of these USA, has been described by some as “47 square miles surrounded by reality”.

Happy 10th anniversary of ministry in MadCity.

With his clear eye fixed on the Church’s mission and doctrine, and his sense of humor, and his willingness to be attacked in the liberal press (and in Madison that’s just about the only kind) Bp. Morlino has been a source of encouragement for many in these cultural wars we are experiencing.

You could in a small way express your congratulations to Bp. Morlino for this milestone by sending online a donation to the Diocese. In the last 10 years the number of seminarians has quintupled, nearly sextupled, from 6 to about 35. To this this strains the budget – but in a good way – doesn’t quite capture the need. Click HERE.

Last year I heard with my own ear him tell the seminarians that he wanted them to know the Extraordinary Form before he ordained them.

More from Father Z, just go HERE!

Wanna hear a sermon from a truly “Catholic” Bishop?

21 March 2012

His Excellency Robert C Morlino Diocese of Madison,WI

His Excellency Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of the great Diocese of Madison, in the great state of Wisconsin is an orthodox Roman Catholic bishop. Gratefully, he is now MY BISHOP…

After years of living in dioceses with, ah, well, bishops who, eh, NEVER MIND!

I am really trying this Lent to avoid committing a sin against charity particularly against, and in particular, the Bishops in America who refuse to be true shepherds.

My readers know well this is my Achilles heel of my soul. My Confessor, a young and ORTHODOX CATHOLIC priest has told me why it has been so hard to shake this sin.

He gently advised me that I keep doing it because I get a “reward” out of it. Reward? Huh? Duh… I didn’t get it,,, Now before someone complains that I am sharing my confession with the blogosphere, I am not. The conversation between my Confessor and myself took place discussing all things spiritual over a cup of really good Espresso while listening to YoYo Ma. :P

Okay, let’s get back to that reward thingy. He explained that when sin is committed over and over again our weakness may be linked to a “reward”. Okaaaay…clearer, Father……

The reward for committing a sin against charity (particularly for a cranky, ranting blogger as myself) is because it fosters a false pride and a sense of self-love that is particularly egregious.

Okay, at that point a shocked face ensued on my part…then I slumped in my seat because I felt mortally wounded… then, as if I was witnessing a beautiful sunrise on the beach in Jersey, I had my aha! moment.

Of course! When I rant and talk trash about how our bishops our taking the wimpy way out, it DOES make me feel warm and fuzzy to chastise them. I guess it comes from the space in me that says,”Hey, I’m TRYING here..WHAT ABOUT YOU?”

I must admit, (humbly) I am trying so hard to use “fraternal correction”  when writing instead of chastising. I thank Lisa Graas
CatholicBandita), @CatholicLisa on Twitter, for her gentle correction when I was going hogwild on Cardinal George. She handled me with kidgloves but never compromised truth in her “fraternal correction”. As a result of this we have become great friends, sisters in Christ and colleagues. I am sure that Lisa is a step closer to Heaven witnessing to my sinful self.

So, I am going to try this in my “new” way…

My wonderful Bishop, His Excellency Robert Morlino gave a sermon at his Mass this past 4th Sunday of Lent. I am going to let you judge for yourself. No need for me to carry on like a shrew about Bishops whom I would like to explain just what a “knuckle” sandwich is. (Kidding!)

The following is an audio of Bishop Morlino’s sermon…
Now, the only thing is that Wisconsin is such a beautiful place, I would love to have everyone move out here to experience what it is like to have a Bishop like him…

However, I still commit the sin of selfishness… I’m having a really hard time sharing!

Here’s the sermon >>>> BishopMorlino_2012-03-18_Bishop-Robert-Morlino

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