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-- Posted: 6/8/2006, 3:50 a.m. Central Time
Marriage needs support, not redefinition
MADISON -- Bishop Robert C. Morlino, head of the Diocese of Madison, expressed his disappointment at the vote taken June 7 failing to approve Senate Joint Resolution 1, the Marriage Protection Amendment.
"A sincere understanding of marriage and its importance to the vitality and the future of a society must be explored," said Bishop Morlino. "Marriage does not need to be defined differently, it needs each of us to look at its great value and true purpose in building families and creating a stable society."
For many years, the Diocese of Madison has offered a variety of marriage courses to help couples build a firm foundation for their relationship. Programs, including Madison Marriage Encounter, Worldwide Marriage Encounter, FOCCUS and REFOCCUS, Natural Family Planning, and Retrouvaille, are offered at various sites throughout south-central Wisconsin during the year.
"Our clear stand is to teach that all people must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. I can appreciate the difficulties relating to health insurance coverage, medical permissions and other areas faced by unmarried people," Bishop Morlino added, "but fixing those problems could and should be done by tackling them head-on, not redefining marriage.
"Marriage plays an essential, foundational role in the continuation of society. Every effort must be made to strengthen it, not redefine it," Bishop Morlino said. "Our Church will have to respond with renewed vigor in preparation for the state marriage referendum in November."
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A related story was published in the June 8, 2006 print edition (page 2) of The Catholic Herald.
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Celebrates 150 years
with activities on June 11
MAZOMANIE -- St. Barnabas Parish is celebrating its sesquicentennial with a Mass and events Sunday, June 11.
According to the parish's history book, St. Barnabas Congregation was founded by approximately 50 families in 1856. Today, the parish consists of 384 families of 810 individuals.
The first Catholic services for the parish were held in private homes in the late 1840s and 1850s, and the first church building was erected in 1856. Since then, the building has been rebuilt and remodeled several times, including a new steeple in 2005. Full story ...
Summer seminarian assignments
MADISON -- Following are the 2006 summer assignments of the
seminarians for the Diocese of Madison:
Patrick Wendler -- Patrick will be involved in a summer parish assignment with Fr. Tait Schroeder at the Immaculate Conception, Barneveld, and St. Bridget, Ridgeway, Parishes.
David Greenfield -- David will be on a Spanish Immersion Language Program in Mexico arranged by Mundelein Seminary. Full story ...
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