Marshfield WI man charged with coming to Madison to kill abortion provider

A Marshfield man who drove to Madison to kill an abortion doctor faces federal charges after he was arrested Wednesday night when his gun went off in his motel room not far from the Planned Parenthood clinic that he planned to attack Thursday.

Ralph Lang, 63, told a Madison police officer at the Motel 6, 1754 Thierer Road, that he had a gun “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies,” according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Lang said he planned on shooting the clinic’s doctor “right in the head,” according to the complaint. Asked if he planned to shoot just the doctor or nurses, too, Lang replied he wished he “could line them up all in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down,” the complaint said.


Editor’s note: Genuine pro-lifer’s are absolutely committed to ending abortion through non-violent action, while a few radical anti-abortion people appear to be much less concerned with the means by which they hope to attain that end.

There’s no room for any more violence in the nasty, obscenely bloody business of abortion, since around 50 million babies (along with a handful of abortionists) have already lost their lives, and 50 million American women have already been permanently scarred.

For the sake of all, it would be better to first, stop slaughtering innocent babies. Then we might be able to satisfactorily work out other necessary details, in peace.

Father Z defends Bishop Morlino’s teaching: No eulogies at funeral Masses.

We have written about H.E. Most Rev. Robert Morlino, Bishop of Madison on several occasions.  Bp. Morlino is one of the true stand-up men in the USCCB.

Now comes this from Channel 3000 which seems to have something to do with CNN.

My emphases and comments.

Some Catholics Upset Over Bishop’s Mandate Ending Eulogies
Bishop Says Eulogies Shouldn’t Be Made During Funeral Mass  [You can see from the beginning that the writer/publication/site aims at making Bp. Morlino into the bad guy.  Will they in fairness go beyond this and say that Bp. Morlino did not just make this up?  The Church’s liturgical law, which the bishop cannot change or disobey or ignore, says that eulogies at funerals are not permitted.]

MADISON, Wis. — Some in the Catholic Diocese of Madison are upset over a recent mandate ending family remembrances and eulogies at funeral Masses.   [The “recent” mandate was already made in 2000, GIRM 382: “At the Funeral Mass there should, as a rule, be a short homily, but never a eulogy of any kind.”]

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You can take the bishop out of Chicago … but (evidently) you can’t take the Chicago out of the bishop!

Archbishop Listecki of Milwaukee has now been claimed as an ally by the leftists, in the Madison, Wisconsin Union Stand-Off.

It’s no wonder, since anyone who spent as much time in Chicago as he, and anyone who has been part of the perennially corrupt Chicago socio-political system as long as he was, must now be permanently suffering from something closely akin to the “Stockholm Syndrome” … where hostages begin to sympathetically identify with, and finally, adopt the ideology of their captors.

Chicago has always been a Democrat town and a union town. That’s the way things are. Just ask Governor Quinn, who gave the unions a sweet, guaranteed contract extension, in exchange for their unqualified support, just days before the last election. And it worked!

The leaders of the Catholic Church in Chicago have long been conditioned to jump when the party bosses say, to remain quiet when ordered, and to “come out” in support of party objectives, whenever necessary.

Authentic Catholic social teachings be damned. The needs and objectives of the party come first!

That can’t be, you say? Well, the last time anyone in the Chicago Archdiocese (in this case, Francis Cardinal George) tried to buck the system, Bill Daley (president Obama’s current chief of staff) promptly ran a public op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune, ordering the good Cardinal to sit down and shut up. The cardinal dutifully obeyed!

Read all about it here.

This is the abusive environment from which Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki comes. The Chicago Democratic political system still owns him. All his prior conditioning is still in effect. Can anyone really blame him for automatically “coming out” on behalf of his political bosses … in spite of the fact that they remain enemies of the church … leftists, progressives, Socialists, Marxists, pro-aborts, pro-homosexuals (and worse)?

The teachers have been similarly oppressed by their own union. Union membership is required of every teacher in Wisconsin. No union membership … no teaching job! Union dues are automatically deducted from every teacher’s paycheck. Teachers have little or nothing to say about how those dues are spent. Due to the political climate in the state, certification for alternative union organizations is virtually impossible to arrange.

In short, the Wisconsin teacher’s union already rules over Wisconsin’s teachers, with an iron fist … just like Organizer In Chief, President Barack Obama would like to be able to rule over the citizens of the United States.

For Catholics, this is really the Catholic Campaign for Human Development scandal all over again. Only this time, it’s dressed up just a little bit differently.

Keep a close eye on your wallet. By now, it should be painfully obvious that some of our bishops are not unwilling to help the unions and the politicians pick our pockets. (And for what, really? It’s not like the Catholic Church gets anything in return from these guys … except maybe, the “privilege” of doling out the proceeds from a few paltry government grants, through Catholic Charities!)

Money is like fertilizer. Corruption is like weeds. The sooner we shut off the unlimited money supply to the government, the unions, the politicians, and the bishops … the sooner the corruption will be weeded out.

1Timothy 6:9-11  For they that will become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, fly from these things: and pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness.

Tom Roeser Criticizes Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki for His Position On Madison, WI Union Stand-off.

CHICAGO — To the Most Rev. Jerome Listecki, archbishop of Milwaukee: What in the world possessed you to turn out a statement conveying the view of all the state’s bishops that comes down on the side of the amply well- paid union workers in Wisconsin?

I write as a labor union member in good standing ( American Federation of Television and Radio Artists AFL- CIO). Your statement maintains it is a plea for “ the legitimate rights” of public employees. Thus it was immediately snapped up by the liberal media as an endorsement of the well-paid public employees under the misleading rubric of “ social justice.”

Archbishop, where is the “social justice” when taxpayer- paid lawmakers flee the state to avoid a democratic vote in an era when citizens are rebelling against a looming public- pension crisis that threatens bankruptcy in cities,counties, and states — a crisis made possible by public employees, already protected by civil service and who cannot be terminated, who hold politicians hostage in their collective bargaining?

The crowd demonstrating in Madison claims to support democracy like the crowds urging democracy in Tunisia. In reality, they are antithetical to democracy, cheering dereliction of legislative duty, supporting the thwarting of the will of the majority by supporting the Democratic minority that has fled to Illinois.

Regrettably they are using your statement among others as a pretext — and tying Catholic theology to it.

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Editor’s note: Archbishop Listecki comes from Chicago, and he’s obviously been infected by Chicago’s liberal politics. Nothing surprising there. Nor is there anything surprising about one bishop refusing to criticize another. Politics as usual … Catholic style!

Bishop Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, on the Wisconsin union standoff

… To the documents quoted by Archbishop Listecki I would also offer a quotation from the encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Laborem Exercens*, which gives us even more “food for thought” on this matter:

“Just efforts to secure the rights of workers who are united by the same profession should always take into account the limitations imposed by the general economic situation of the country. Union demands cannot be turned into a kind of group or class ‘egoism,’ although they can and should also aim at correcting — with a view to the common good of the whole of society — everything defective in the system of ownership of the means of production or in the way these are managed. Social and socioeconomic life is certainly like a system of ‘connected vessels,’ and every social activity directed towards safeguarding the rights of particular groups should adapt itself to this system.

“In this sense, union activity undoubtedly enters the field of politics, understood as prudent concern for the common good. However, the role of unions is not to ‘play politics’ in the sense that the expression is commonly understood today. Unions do not have the character of political parties struggling for power; they should not be subjected to the decision of political parties or have too close links with them. In fact, in such a situation they easily lose contact with their specific role, which is to secure the just rights of workers within the framework of the common good of the whole of society; instead they become an instrument used for other purposes.”

Read the entire letter

*Click here to read Laborem Exercens on the Vatican website

Young Wisconsin Catholics Cheer Bishop Morlino for Welcoming Orthodox Priests

By Kathleen Gilbert

MADISON, Wisconsin, June 23, 2010 ( – Catholics in the diocese of Madison, Wisc. are hitting back at negative media coverage of their bishop after he welcomed priests with the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, a group renowned for their traditionalist liturgy and fidelity to orthodox Catholic teaching. Supporters note that, contrary to the picture painted by dissenting voices in the media, Morlino’s focus on orthodoxy is increasingly popular with Catholic youth – even in the liberal stronghold of University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Madison Bishop Robert Morlino, one of the most outspoken advocates for the unborn among the U.S. Catholic hierarchy, has defended the priests against criticism that the move represented a “step backward” and that the priests’ approach is, in the words of one parishioner, “quite different than we have become accustomed to.” Morlino heard parishioners from St. Mary’s Parish in Platteville at an occasionally-heated meeting on Monday.

Despite media coverage focusing on dissenting voices, many were eager to voice support for their bishop – especially among pro-life Catholics.

Peggy Hamill, director of Pro-Life Wisconsin (PLW), indicated that Morlino’s fidelity to Catholic orthodoxy was of a piece with his reputation as “a man of integrity, and consistency.”

“Pro-life Wisconsin knows him to have a deep respect for the sacredness of human life which he expects his priests to reflect,” said Hamill. “Bishop Morlino’s selection of new priests for the diocese of Madison is simply consistent with his fostering appreciation for the sacred.”

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