Bruskewitz v. Morin

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Bruskewitz.jpegMorin.jpegRonald Reagan was famous for invoking the GOP’s so-called Eleventh
; to wit: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. These days, to be sure, it’s a commandment often honored in the breach. And maybe the same is becoming true for the equivalent Catholic commandment; namely, “Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow bishop.”

Last week, after Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi gave an impassioned pitch for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) at the USCCB meeting in Baltimore, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln explained why he was declining to take up a collection for the church’s anti-poverty agency–which has come under heavy fire from the Catholic right for once having given grants to ACORN and for supporting “pro-abortion” and “anti-family” organizations. In a report on the CCHD, Morin called the charges “outrageous.” As quotes Bruskewitz:

“I didn’t think [the report] took into account sufficiently the
negatives that have been bantered about with regard to the
organization,” he said.  He said Bishop Morin was “obviously defending
the organization he had been involved in different areas,” and now for
which he’s the chairman.

The report, further, “lacked some of the
interests” that concerned people “have brought to the fore,” he said. 
“I think he was perhaps a little bit too dismissive of them.”

So far, there’s been no response from Morin.