MADISON -- It was a day of thanksgiving as Bishop Paul J. Swain returned to Madison to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in the chapel of the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center on Sunday, Nov. 19.
The Madison priest - recently installed as the new bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S. D. - said the Mass comes at an appropriate time of year.
"As we anticipate our national day of thanksgiving, we pray in gratitude for all the gifts God has given us over the years, beginning with the gift of life itself, and Christ and His Church."
Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison greeted Bishop Swain and all those present. "We thank God for the gift he has given the Diocese of Sioux Falls - a gift we have been instrumental in," said Bishop Morlino.
"We thank God for Bishop Swain's openness and generosity in accepting the gift. We give thanks and say, 'Welcome home, Bishop Swain. Your home will always be with us.'"
The congregation gave a rousing round of applause. Full story ...
Catholic group: Sues university for discrimination
MADISON -- After the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently refused to recognize the UW Roman Catholic Foundation (UWRCF) as an official student organization, the group filed a federal lawsuit November 9 against the university claiming discrimination.
The lawsuit, backed by the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), challenges a UW policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of, among other qualifications, religion, in the membership and leadership of student organizations. The UWRCF is seeking a ruling invalidating the policy, as well as monetary damages.
The UWRCF, which operates St. Paul's University Catholic Center, claims that the UW policy discriminates against religious groups whose members share common beliefs. The lawsuit alleges that the recent refusal for student organization status is only the latest in four years of discrimination by the UW administration.
"Part of this is (the university) just not being sure where the line is between church and state and just trying to make sure they do follow those boundaries," said Beth Czarnecki, a senior at UW-Madison and a UWRCF board member. Full story ...
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