Controversial Midwestern Bishop teaches: The reason Catholics go to Mass is to offer sacrifice. It’s not to be entertained or to do what they like.

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Editor’s note: There was a time when most Catholics actually understood the nature and purpose of the Mass. There also was a time when more than seventy five percent of Catholics attended Mass every Sunday. Participation today is well under thirty percent – and falling.

Pope Francis labels as heretics those Catholics who hold a more traditional understanding of the faith, yet he is unwilling to make a similar prudential judgment as to the nature of many of his fellow Jesuits, certain radical women’s religious orders, and those who suffer from disordered sexuality.

Modernism, Liberalism, hypocrisy, and arrogant humility apparently go hand in hand.

Embattled Wisconsin parish is a microcosm of Catholic Church at large.

Some area Catholics approved of the message brought by the new priests. Gregory Merrick, 62 years old, began driving the 20 miles to St. Mary’s when he heard the new priests were traditionalist. Catholicism “is first about the good news that we are saved, but that news is hooked irrevocably to the notion that we’re sinners,” he said. “Do we as Catholics want to conform to the church, or do we want the church to conform to us? I suggest the latter of those two possibilities is a disaster”.

Retired teacher Rosemary Anderson, a former St. Mary’s council member, left the church in February. She said the two priests, Father Ruiz and the Rev. John Del Priore, “are very conservative, very much their-way-or-the-highway,” and that she believed their sermons emphasize confession and sin while lacking discussion of charity and embracing others.

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A gay Presbyterian minister for Madison, Wisconsin

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Editor’s note: Can a papal Presbyterian-to-Catholic Ordinariate (similar to the one for Anglicans) be far behind?

Supreme Court: University of Wisconsin to pay $500,000 in damages to Catholic group.

The lawsuit began after UW-Madison withheld a portion of the $253,000 reimbursement requested by Badger Catholic, then known as the Roman Catholic Foundation.

In 2010, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the university violated the group’s First Amendment right to free speech.

The UW-Madison System Board of Regents asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling, arguing that a public university should not be required to provide funds specifically for religious worship activities, but the request was denied.

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