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Madison Bishop Robert C. Morlino Has Died

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It is our sad duty to inform you of the death of Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison. Bishop Morlino died tonight, Saturday, November 24th, at approximately 9:15 pm at St. Mary Hospital in Madison at the age of 71. Funeral plans are pending and you will be notified via email of final arrangements.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

A more formal release will be forthcoming.

Ordination Year: 1974

4th Bishop of Madison


Robert Morlino was born December 31, 1946, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. An only child, his father, Charles, died while he was in high school, his mother, Albertina, in 1980. He was raised in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, graduating from the Jesuit-run Scranton Preparatory High School. He entered seminary for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and was ordained to the priesthood for that Jesuit Province on June 1, 1974.

His education includes a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, a master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, the Master of Divinity Degree from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, with specialization in fundamental moral theology and bioethics.

Father Morlino taught Philosophy at Loyola College in Baltimore, St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Boston College, the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College, in Indiana. He also served as an instructor in continuing education for priests, religious and laity and as director of parish renewal programs.

In 1981, Father Morlino became a priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo and served there as Vicar for Spiritual Development, Executive Assistant and Theological Consultant to the Bishop, as Moderator of the Curia, and as the Promoter of Justice in the Diocesan Tribunal. He served as administrator of a number of parishes, and as rector of St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo.

Father Morlino was scheduled to begin a full-time faculty appointment as professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit when, on July 6, 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed him the Ninth Bishop of Helena. Bishop Morlino was appointed the Fourth Bishop of Madison on May 23, 2003 and installed on August 1, 2003.

Bishop Morlino has served as chairman of two committees within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) - the Bishops’ Committee on the Diaconate, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Issues and the Church. He has also served on the USCCB Bishops’ and Presidents’ Committee, which seeks to encourage the Catholic identity of institutions of higher education.

Since 2005, Bishop Morlino has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) which conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences. Until 2009, he also served as Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). This board is a federal advisory committee created by congress to maintain independent review, observation and recommendation regarding operations of the institute. For his service to the United States of America and his promotion of human rights education, the bishop was honored by the Department of the Army in 2009. In 2006, the national Alliance for Marriage joined with the Congress of Racial Equality to present Bishop Morlino with their Lifetime Achievement Award, for his promotion of the fundamental rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. In 2008, for his work in defense of the dignity of the human person, Bishop Morlino was awarded Human Life International’s Cardinal von Galen Award, named after the famous German bishop who worked actively against the Nazis. That same year, he also received the St. Edmund’s Medal of Honor, awarded to Catholics who have used their God-given talents in promoting the common good.
Beacon
If you wish to know in which direction the U.S. Catholic Church is heading....there was not one message of condolence from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the passing of Bishop Morlino. Horrible lack of charity and respect for the dead. Perhaps the good Bishop made them too uncomfortable with his staunch opposition to abortion and homosexuality. Eternal rest, God grant to him!
SonoftheChurch
Dear God...NO!....

What shall we do?....we have so scant few bishops like him in this entire world. He was among the VERY BEST and GREATEST of our shepherds in the whole Church throughout the globe, most certainly here in America. A TRUE servant of Our Lord and priestly son of Our Blessed Mother. Implacably bold, undauntingly courageous, kind, loving, steadfast, faithful.....HOLY. A …More
Dear God...NO!....

What shall we do?....we have so scant few bishops like him in this entire world. He was among the VERY BEST and GREATEST of our shepherds in the whole Church throughout the globe, most certainly here in America. A TRUE servant of Our Lord and priestly son of Our Blessed Mother. Implacably bold, undauntingly courageous, kind, loving, steadfast, faithful.....HOLY. A Warrior and Defender of the Faith.

For those of us who revered and esteemed Bishop Morlino as a beloved spiritual father, his unexpected departure is heartbreakingly tragic. Such an unspeakable, irreplaceable, unimaginable loss is quite devastating, especially considering the horror that we face in these dark, desperate, diabolical times.... I would never have believed he would be taken from us so soon....this is hard, so very hard.

There are no words...just no words...

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. Requiescat in pacem.
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RIP
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TommasoG
Anguishing announcement.
+Requiescat in pacem+May his soul rest in peace.
rhemes1582
Truly very sad news.
Eternal Rest Grant unto him oh Lord
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GTVisrockin
Rest in the arms of the most High Bishop Robert, May you hear those most powerful words: 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
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@St Cuthburt Mayne Ora pro nobis : Morlino will not be followed by another Morlino...
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Jungerheld
Everyone thought he would recover. R.I.P. Bishop Morlino.
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