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Dec 14, 201210:24 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Madison's Bishop Morlino beats pawns

Madison's Bishop Morlino beats pawns

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Bishop Robert Morlino has (figuratively) slapped Jesus Christ in the face, according to one letter writer in Friday morning’s Wisconsin State Journal. His reaction is typical Madison thinking that values dissent for its own sake over timeless truths. The bishop’s alleged affront was in disciplining two nuns who have foresworn the Catholic Church’s magisterium in favor of the touchy-feely-ness of New Age relativism.

Some writers bury their ledes, and columnist Chris Rickert may bury his points, but Thursday he made a good one, riffing on G.K. Chesterton to the effect that those who believe in nothing will believe in anything.

Preaching that one’s religion is no better or worse than any other is a prescription for irrelevance. Imagine Mike Tate of the State Democratic Party advising voters that, Democrat or Republican, makes no difference. Or the Olive Garden serving stir-fry. Hey, the Church owns its own brand. 

What our liberal acquaintances don’t understand is that the Church (capital C) exists not to conform to the world but to save it.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

In its two millennia, The Church has taken on kings and potentates. The Church is hierarchical. It is not a housing cooperative.

But Rickert’s bottom line, that “time is not on the side of the church’s conservatives,” is way wrong. The Catholic Church has grown stronger since the most conservative of popes, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, while mainline Protestantism continues its 50-year decline. (The U.S. numbers here.)

Wrap your head around this: Not one of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices is Protestant. They are either Catholic or Jewish. And who did the Republicans nominate for the highest offices? A Mormon and a Catholic.

What, after all, is the purpose of a religion that doesn’t stand for anything? If the nuns don’t like it, they can start their own church. It’s been done before.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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