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Hearing on clergy misconduct bills
MADISON -- Legislators, legal experts, victims, and religious leaders gathered for a public hearing on clergy misconduct bills in front of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, and Privacy and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary at the State Capitol Sept. 18.
The bills, Senate Bill 207 and Assembly Bill 428, would add clergy to the list of mandatory reporters for child abuse (while protecting the sacrament of confession), extend the statute of limitations from age 31 to 45 allow victims more time to press criminal charges and from age 20 to 35 to allow victims more time to file civil lawsuits, and clarify that victims may sue religious organizations if superiors knew of a danger and did not try to prevent it.
Bishops support bills
Among those testifying in favor of the bills was Bishop Robert C. Morlino, bishop of the Diocese of Madison and vice president of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC). Full story ...
Living the vision
MADISON -- We are called to be the best we can with the information and tools we have and let God do the rest, said Msgr. Paul J. Swain, vicar general for the Diocese of Madison.
Monsignor Swain was the keynote speaker for the recent Parish Leadership Day held at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison.
Nearly 200 people from parish staffs throughout the Diocese of Madison participated in the day, which began with a prayer service at which Auxiliary Bishop George O. Wirz presided.
Bishop Wirz remarked that when Pius X was elected pope, he told a group of cardinals what he feels is the most important mission of the church. "He said there must be a group, a corps of lay persons who are faithful, well-informed, and persevering," said Bishop Wirz.
A leader is one who is able to work through others, he said. "Call it shared ministry, call it collegiality - that's our mission and the rest will follow."
Beginning his keynote address with a moment of silence for all those touched by the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, Monsignor Swain shared the episcopal motto of Bishop Robert C. Morlino: "The revelation of Jesus Christ is the only sure anchor of our hope, the only vision that will not disappoint."
Monsignor Swain shared reflections on what it means to strive to live out that vision by being faithful, catholic, authentic, flexible, realistic, merciful, and hopeful. Full story ...