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    Monday, April 03, 2006

    Nebraska Bishop Bruskewitz kicks butt

    Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, has responded sharply to criticism from the US bishops' National Review Board about his refusal to cooperate with the Board's "audit" of diocesan plans for implementing national guidelines on sex-abuse programs.

    from The Cafeteria is Closed...

    Bishop Bruskewitz released this statement on March 31:

    Some woman named Patricia O'Donnell Ewers, who is the Chair of something called "A National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People", has said that her Board "calls for strong fraternal correction of the Diocese of Lincoln." The Diocese of Lincoln has nothing to be corrected for, since the Diocese of Lincoln is and has always been in full compliance with all laws of the Catholic Church and with all civil laws. Furthermore, Ewers and her Board have no authority in the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Lincoln does not recognize them as having any significance.

    It is well known that some of the members of Ewers' Board are ardent advocates of partial birth abortion, other abortions, human cloning, and other moral errors. It is understandable then how such persons could dislike the Diocese of Lincoln, which upholds the moral teaching of the Catholic Church.

    The words attributed to Ewers seem to confirm the suspicion that the members of her Board are unfamiliar with Catholic teachings, Catholic ecclesiology, and even the basic rudiments of the Catholic Catechism. Rather than concerning themselves with the Diocese of Lincoln about which they appear completely ignorant, Ewers and her colleagues would occupy themselves in a better way by learning something about the Catholic religion and the traditions and doctrines and laws of the Catholic Church.

    The Diocese of Lincoln does not see any reason for the existence of Ewers and her organization.

    And oh yes...

    Bishop Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, is the bishop of the diocese with the highest number of vocations per capita.

    He said he'd deny Communion to Kerry.

    He is known for being orthodox and fond of tradition.

    He allowed the building of a (successful) seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (Tridentine Mass).

    His is the only diocese without altar girls.

    This last item should make lawyer Papist in D.C. happy. His diocese in
    Arlington just started altar girls.


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