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June 8, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 21   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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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.

Marriage amendment:
Fails in U.S. Senate

-- Posted: 6/8/2006, 3:50 a.m. Central Time

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Senate has rejected a motion for consideration of the marriage amendment in a 49-48 vote June 7. Both Wisconsin senators voted against the motion to end debate.

The tally fell 11 short of the 60 votes (three-fifths) needed to end debate on the matter and send it to an up-or-down vote. To then pass the measure, the Senate would have needed 67 votes (two-thirds). The amendment is not expected to be considered again this session.

The House is expected to vote on the amendment in July. But without the Senate's passage it cannot be sent to the states, where it would need to be ratified by three-quarters of the legislatures.

The Marriage Protection Amendment would define marriage as consisting only of the union of a man and a woman. Its second clause prevents states from requiring that "marriage or the legal incidents thereof" would be conferred on any other type of union.

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"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."

Clergy changes: New appointments of priests in parishes throughout the Diocese of Madison effective June 15, 2006 are listed here (5/25 edition).

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Special section: Vacation Guide

Pope in Poland: Calls for solid faith, reconciliation, peace

Marriage advocates: Push for passage of national amendment

Msgr. Schmelzer:
Still happy as the day he was ordained 50 years ago


• Question Corner
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Reading material: List of forbidden books; era abbreviations

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Poland trip: Asks all to 'stand firm in the faith'; remember Auschwitz

• TV Eye by Mark Pattison --
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Mazomanie parish:
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 ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, The Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for three issues. Remaining issues to be skipped include: July 13 and August 10. At right are deadlines for the issues prior to the weeks skipped:

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