An appearance by Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton of Detroit has been moved from an atrium attached to Milwaukee’s cathedral to another site, reportedly because Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan did not want it to appear that the archdiocese endorsed the agendas of the Catholic reform group that is holding the event.
Lois Ahlhauser, a past president of Call to Action Wisconsin, and her husband, John, said they had arranged with Father Carl Last, rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, for their group to hold its annual meeting from 9 a.m. to noon April 8, with Gumbleton as one of the speakers.
The Ahlhausers said that on March 6, after publicity for the meeting went out, Last told them that Dolan had informed him that the event could not be held in the cathedral, which serves as the archbishop’s parish, because Call to Action is a dissident group. The Ahlhausers then found a parish willing to provide space for the event, All Saints Church, 4051 N. 25th St.
As Dave notes this wouldn’t have happened under Archbishop Weakland. If Call to frAction was holding an event at a parish church the previous Archbishop would have invited them to the Cathedral. It also appears that the parish that will be holding the event will have Call to frAction preaching to the choir. Their bulletin contains things like:
Oh Great Spirit of our Ancestors,
I raise my pipe to you.
To your messengers the four winds, and
to Mother Earth who provides
for your children,
And their pastor left the Capuchin order in 1970 and later got married, then divorced, and became a priest in 2002.