The near-west-siders at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish are to be thanked and praised by all Madisonians, particularly those who are followers of the Roman Catholic religion. When the leader of their flock, a vain and fatuous man, abruptly pulled the plug on the Catholic Multicultural Center on the south side, the 27-hundred families of Queen of Peace Parish stepped up and said “not so fast”. As the less fortunate of our community prayed for an intervention, Bobby-boy was in Rome, dining on the finest meats and cheeses the Vatican could offer.
I suspect there was more than a little pushback when Bobby Morlino suddenly cut the Multicultural Center off at the ankles a few days ago. This so-called shepherd, who would have built a multi-million-dollar cathedral in his honor had not common sense prevailed, got a big lesson in what Madison is all about.
My wife, a lapsed Italian Catholic who endured 12 years of parochial education in south suburban Chicago (Holy Ghost and Mother Seton Academy), was incensed when she heard the news. “How can he do that to those people!!” she yelled at the TV when the news broke. “One of the fundamental missions of the Catholic Church is to help the poor!!!” she instructed me.
My former broadcasting colleague Luis Montoto, who runs La Movida, the Spanish station of the local Mid-West Family Broadcast Group, rushed to the south side on hearing the news and said “what can I do to help?”.
Now, there’s a Catholic. What can I do to help.
Luis’s wife, Lupita, who works with him at La Movida radio, learned to speak English at the Catholic Multicultural Center.
Those of us who enjoy the good life in Madison probably don’t spend much time thinking about how tough life is here for so many of our neighbors. We dine on a forty-dollar steak at a fancy restaurant, and pay a one-night tab that would feed a hungry family for a week.
Apparently, the good people at Queen of Peace understand the mission of the Catholic church a bit better than their local leader, and they’ve got the ball rolling to re-open the Multicultural Center and help the hundreds of families who count on it for the basic necessities of life. They’re putting their money where their faith is, and reminding Bishop Morlino what the church is supposed to be about.
Spreading the gospel, administering the sacraments, and helping the poor. That’s what my late father, an Irish Roman Catholic, told me the Catholic church was all about. Apparently the good Catholics at Queen of Peace have a similar understanding. Thank you.