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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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His Excellency, Robert C. Morlino, speaks on Marriage

26 July 2014

Statement from Bishop Robert C. Morlino, regarding a federal judge’s ruling on marriage /Article XIII, Section 13 of Wisconsin’s Constitution:

His Excellency,  Robert C. Morlino Bishop of the Diocese of Madison WI

His Excellency,
Robert C. Morlino
Bishop of the Diocese of Madison WI

First, it bears repeating that, we must respect, love, and care for every individual we encounter, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they define themselves. This will never change. It is at the core of who we are as members of Christ’s Church. Christ, Himself, invites each individual to know and love Him and live a life in response to His love. His love and mercy can heal all divisions that separate us; however, we must acknowledge the divisions that exist — notably those we choose through our actions. All are invited to this love and these graces offered by Christ, through His Church. This applies to all who sincerely seek the Truth.

Marriage is, and can only ever be, a unique relationship solely between one man and one woman, regardless of the decision of a judge or any vote. This is not based on any private sectarian viewpoint, but on the natural moral law that is universally binding on all peoples, at all times, and inscribed into our human nature, as man and woman from the beginning of creation. It behooves us to safeguard the sacred ecology of all nature, especially of our human nature.

In striking down the constitutional amendment in our state which protects marriage, the court has, once again, shaken one of the most precious and essential building blocks of our civilization. There can be no question that the best formation for children is in the home of their biological mother and father, generally speaking, and we should always have a greater concern for future generations than we do for ourselves.

Marriage, between one man and one women with openness to children, is an element of the very first “domino” of civilization. The very nature of marriage naturally generates life. When that first “domino” falls, everything that is good, true, and beautiful, which is rooted on the natural family, is seriously threatened. If the “domino” of true marriage falls, then fall all subsequent “dominos.” This is demonstrated, too often, in a culture that increasingly chooses death over life.

And so, I cannot find myself otherwise than deeply saddened. We trust that every avenue of just recourse will be examined and pursued by competent authorities, including the state attorney general. The Diocese of Madison will participate in the way that seems most prudent. For my own part, I will continue to speak strongly about the truth and beauty of marriage and encourage my brother priests and deacons, and all the lay faithful, to do the same.

Let our fervent prayers not be lacking in the days ahead.

A birthday wish for my Bishop, His Excellency Robert C. Morlino

31 December 2013

Reprinted by staff from last year

31 December 2012 Anno Domini
posted by Sofia Guerra

Sometimes when I least expect it, Divine Providence allows for a smile. When I left the Jersey Shore for the great state of Wisconsin I wasn’t sure this Jersey girl could “blend” into the Midwest. Pleasant surprise…not only did I fit in, but I really love it. Why? A couple of reasons.

First, the people are friendly and warm without being patronizing. They work hard and laugh alot. and the cheese is the best.
Second, (and really the most important reason) is that Catholic culture and tradition live on here in the Badger state. right down to Friday night fish frys at every restaurant and many a Church Hall, this is a place where Catholicism is a part of everyday life.

The Coat of Arms of Bishop Robert C. Morlino. Diocese of Madison, WI

But the absolute BEST part of moving to Wisconsin is His Excellency Robert Morlino and the best Diocese anywhere–Madison. I always dreamed of a place where the historical Churches were appreciated and the traditional Latin Mass was given the respect and honor it deserves. I have found that place. ( BTW, he was one of 2 reasons I moved to the Madison Diocese)

Yes, I know, you are saying what about the spirituality etc etc..? Hey, that goes without saying…but also the beauty of the traditional Mass and the aesthetics of an historical church are just two of my personal loves. In addition, a Bishop who gets that and is UNAFRAID to be a shepherd, ready to give it all for Christ, His Church, Truth AND is a chef? It’s almost too good to be true, but it is true.

My wish for His Excellency on this last day of the year, his birthday is that he never loses the smile that God gave him. It is this smile coming from the soul and the heart of a man, who is a priest who loves Christ as Christ loves His Church. There are some who won’t agree with me because their agenda is not with Christ. Sadly, that is their problem, but I will pray for them anyway and love them as Christ loves each and every one of us, despite of our willingness not to love back.

As for my wonderful Bishop, I pray that today he think of his parents who gave him life along with our God…it is from that love he was born into this world for a purpose. It is from that love the His Excellency has attained his vocation and his strength to be our shepherd; love with a purpose.

I am a selfish sort, I have complained about priests and Bishops in the past and whined like a baby that I had to endure the whims of those who perhaps “don’t get it yet”. This, however, is pride talking and for that I ask forgiveness. Today, I ask and pray for all the blessings of Our Divine Infant Savior for my wonderful Bishop. I never thought there would be a day I could say that my Bishop is the best bishop in the world. Well, almost…he is only second to the Bishop of Rome, my wonderful Pope.

So, wait a minute, whose birthday is this anyway? Sounds like I got the best gift, doesn’t it?

Your Excellency, have a fantastic birthday, I know you will, because you “get it”. Imagine, you gave ME A GIFT on your birthday.! Thank you for giving me the gift of a true shepherd.

God love you,

Sofia Guerra
Your devoted servant in Christ


Robert Morlino was born December 31, 1946, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is an only child, and his father, Charles, died while he was in high school, his mother, Albertina, in 1980. He was raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, graduating from Jesuit High School in Scranton. He entered the seminary for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and was ordained to the priesthood for that Jesuit Province on June 1, 1974. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, the Master of Divinity Degree from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, with specialization in fundamental moral theology and bioethics.

Father Morlino taught Philosophy at Loyola College in Baltimore, St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Boston College, the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College. He served as an instructor in continuing education for priests, religious and laity and as director of parish renewal programs.

In 1981, Father Morlino became a priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo and served there as Vicar for Spiritual Development, Executive Assistant and Theological Consultant to the Bishop, as Moderator of the Curia, and as the Promoter of Justice in the Diocesan Tribunal. He served as administrator of a number of parishes, and as rector of St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo. Father Morlino was scheduled to begin a full-time faculty appointment as professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit when, on July 6, 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed him the Ninth Bishop of Helena. Bishop Morlino was appointed the Fourth Bishop of Madison on May 23, 2003 and installed on August 1, 2003.

Bishop Morlino served as chairman of two committees within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) – the Bishops’ Committee on the Diaconate, dealing with matters concerning the ministry of permanent deacons, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Issues and the Church, responding to moral and theological questions surrounding specific health care situations. In 2005, Bishop Morlino became Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) which conducts research, consultation, publishing, and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences. Also, Bishop Morlino was appointed to the Board of Visitors for the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). This board is a federal advisory committee created to maintain independent review, observation, and recommendation regarding operations of the institute. Bishop Morlino was elected vice-Chairman of the Board of Visitors at their November 2005 meeting. Most recently Bishop Morlino was appointed to the USCCB Bishops’ and Presidents’ Committee which seeks to encourage the Catholic identity of institutions of higher education.

Source: Catholic Answers


To listen to audio of homilies and statements by His Excellency, Bishop Morlino please click HERE.

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!

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