Sad News and Glad News for Driftless Area Catholics

First, sad news. His Excellency, the Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, Bishop Emeritus of Rockford, recently passed away.* A former member of the Roman Rota and a friend of the Traditional Latin Mass, Doran was bishop of the diocese where I grew up, which includes the Illinois section of the Driftless Area. He confirmed me. Requiescat in pace.

As we approach the anniversary of Sept. 11, I recall Bishop Doran’s response after American forces killed Osama bin Laden. Some people criticized the spontaneous outbursts of joy this occasioned. They said it was unworthy behavior. Bishop Doran said that he didn’t object. Instead of condemning the folks who celebrated, he reminded us that bin Laden would now meet Our Lord as Judge. Bishop Doran deserves credit for this.

Now, glad news. His Excellency, the Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, has announced that he will offer his public Sunday Masses facing ad orientem.** I currently live in the Madison Diocese, which includes the southern part of the Wisconsin portion of the Driftless.

One of my former bishops returns to the Lord; my present bishop turns toward the Lord. Blessed be the Name of the Lord!



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