- His Holiness, Pope FrancisPope of the Catholic Church
- Most Reverend Jerome E. ListeckiArchbishop of Milwaukee
- His Excellency Archbishop Christophe PierreApostolin Nuncio
- Most Reverend Charles J. ChaputArchbishop of Philedelphia
- Dominique François Joseph Cardinal MambertiPrefect of the Apostolic Signatura
- Marc Cardinal OuelletPrefect of the Congregation for Bishops
- Robert Cardinal SarahPrefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship & the Discipline of the Sacraments
- His Eminence Daniel Nicholas Cardinal DiNardoArchbishop of Galveston-Houston & Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Most Reverend José H. GomezArchbishop of Los Angeles
- Most Reverend Wilton D. GregoryArchbishop of Atlanta
- Most Reverend Allen H. VigneronArchbishop of Detroit
Remove Bishop Robert C. Morlino from Diocese of Madison, WI
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Imagine burying a loved one who was denied funeral rites just because of who they loved. It’s a reality LGBTQ families and their loved ones are facing due to the actions of Bishop Robert C. Morlino.
My family has a long history with the Madison, Wisconsin Diocese that Bishop Morlino now presides over. We were raised in the Roman Catholic tradition and were taught by our family priest that love is core of the Catholic faith. Since his arrival, Bishop Morlino has put bigotry and hatred front and center.
Bishop Morlino has instructed priests to consider withholding funeral rites or exclude the partner of the deceased to minimize “risk of scandal or confusion.” This is not being directed by church leadership or being asked for by parishioners, but solely based on his own bigotry.
Pope Francis is transforming the church to return to love and compassion where people like Bishop Morlino have tried to instill hatred and bigotry. It’s why I’m calling on His Holiness Pope Francis to remove Bishop Morlino.
In these moments of grief, providing these sacred rites is not a scandal — it’s what is right. I can’t imagine losing someone and then being interrogated about their or my own sexuality.
Trying to deny LGBTQ people burial rites is just the latest example of Bishop Morlino’s divisive behavior. He has ordered priests to call on parishioners to stand against same-sex marriage, instructed priests to avoid monasteries that disagree with his worldview, and tries to infuse his personal politics into the pulpit.
Bishop Morlino’s 14 year pattern of hate and abusing his power has no place in the Madison Diocese, let alone the Catholic Church. I’m calling on His Holiness Pope Francis to remove Bishop Morlino. With your support, he will hear our voices and restore love to our community and send a message that hate has no place in the Catholic faith.
Amelia Royko Maurer
- Pope of the Catholic Church
His Holiness, Pope Francis
- Archbishop of Milwaukee
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
- Apostolin Nuncio
His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre
- Archbishop of Philedelphia
Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput
- Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura
Dominique François Joseph Cardinal Mamberti
- Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
Marc Cardinal Ouellet
- Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship & the Discipline of the Sacraments
Robert Cardinal Sarah
- Archbishop of Galveston-Houston & Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
His Eminence Daniel Nicholas Cardinal DiNardo
- Archbishop of Los Angeles
Most Reverend José H. Gomez
- Archbishop of Atlanta
Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory
- Archbishop of Detroit
Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
We are asking that you, His Holiness Pope Francis, remove Robert C. Morlino from his role as Bishop of the Madison Diocese.
Bishop Morlino exerts a corrosive and corrupt influence over the Diocese through his transparent attempts to influence the voting habits of its members. His threats to priests amount to a violation of the Constitutional separation of church and state. Furthermore, he is an open and practicing bigot whose attitudes and opinions about the LGBTQI members of his Diocese (and our beloved families) are nothing short of inhumane. His hatred and discrimination are undoubtedly a violation of Christ’s admonition to love thy neighbor.
He supports guidelines instructing priests to consider whether or not to withhold last rights or include the life-parter of the deceased at any ecclesiastical funeral rite or service in order to minimize “the risk of scandal and confusion” when asked to conduct the funeral service of someone who is in a “notorious homosexual relationship”. He encourages priests to invasively inquire into the deceased’s “gay lifestyle” and whether or not the deceased repented prior to death. He seeks to obliterate evidence of any love created in the light of Christ that does not fit into his parochial, backward, hateful mold. He cannot be a shepherd to his flock if he does not love all his sheep equally the way Christ would have. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/madison-catholic-diocese-offers-considerations-that-could-limit-funeral-rites/article_e644c9a1-95ec-5427-8e07-4392e1df81bc.html
Finally, it is apparent that Bishop Morlino does not have the love in his heart nor the strength of character to stop his hate-filled fixation on the intimate lives of consensual and committed adults. He tries to disguise this obsession under a veil of discrimination and deploys it at a time when loss leaves loved ones most vulnerable and in need of support. This is nothing short of evil and we’ve had enough.
Bishop Morlino’s 14 year pattern and practice of abusing his power through hateful behavior has no place in Madison, WI let alone the Catholic church. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/a-sampling-of-the-controversies-bishop-robert-morlino-has-found/article_7e7f70c0-4766-55e3-a4ab-0381fcc68eec.html
It is for this reason that we are asking you to remove Robert C. Morlino from his role as Bishop of the Madison Diocese.
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