This is like what happen to the choir directors last year and why I stopped going to church the lying and not being truthful of the real reason of wanting to get rid of the more Liberal wing of the church.
Anyway, I hope those who live near enough to make their voice heard will speak up in this woman’s defense.
URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
BISHOP MORLINO FIRES LONG-TIME ASSOCIATE
PROTEST MARCHES – SATURDAY, MARCH CHURCH, JANESVILLE
SUNDAY MARCH 15th- see below
Ruth Kolpack, Pastoral Associate of Beloit,
Wisconsin since 1995 was fired on Thursday, March 12th, by Bishop Robert
Morlino of the of Madison, WI. The basis of her dismissal was a
set of accusations made against her over the past three years by an
anonymous individual or group, but during the meeting, Ruth was given no opportunity
to learn about these accusations, nor defend herself. Instead, she was
simply terminated, effective immediately.
In response, an informational march is planned for Saturday, March 14th at 2
pm at , , where
the Bishop plans to meet with area parishes to discuss a new diocesan financing
program. A second march will be held before the 11 am mass on Sunday, March
15th at St. Thomas, , to inform parishioners of
This week the investigation shifted to Kolpack’s thesis for her master of
divinity degree, granted from St. Francis Seminary in 2003. The thesis
discusses the potential harm of non-inclusive language in the Mass. In meeting with
Bishop Morlino yesterday, he concluded that Kolpack’s take on the teachings
about Jesus were “off base”. Yet he admitted that he had not read the document
in its entirety, but only “bits and pieces.”
Bishop Morlino asked Kolpack to denounce her thesis, make a profession of
faith and take an oath of loyalty in order to remain Pastoral Associate. She
could not refute her thesis, as it would be dishonest, not true to her work,
and risk her reputation as a scholar and academician.
“After Bishop Morlino’s announcement, I was given no opportunity to discuss
any points in my thesis with which he disagreed, nor any of the original
accusations made against me,” commented Ruth Kolpack. “In fact, within 10 minutes
from the beginning of our meeting, I was fired.”
Kolpack added, “These past two months have been difficult for me but also
have given me an opportunity for much reflection. I feel confident in saying
that my actions as an employee of St. Thomas have been consistently prudent and
in good faith in relation to the teachings of the Church. I have never used
my position to promote issues contrary to Church teaching. This has never
been my intention.”
Kolpack has served at St. Thomas for 35 years, first as a volunteer starting
in 1974, then as a part-time youth minister in 1983. She was appointed
Pastoral Associate in 1995.
She has been instrumental in developing Christian faith and interfaith
dialogue in her work. She has served as president of the Wisconsin Directors of
Federation, lead the Diocesan Youth Council, and directed a
diocesan youth retreat on diversity. She was instrumental in starting
“Catholics in Action” locally (now called “Middle School ROCKS”), facilitating
Virtus sessions for adults visiting homebound and hospitalized parishioners,
helping start Hands of Faith, an ecumenical cooperative effort housing homeless
families in different churches on a rotational basis, and initiating Hispanic
ministry for the three Catholic parishes in Beloit.
Kolpack commented on her work, “I recognize the
through the years to the place where I am in my faith at this time and I continue
to depend on the Holy Spirit for daily guidance. The Scriptures are my
foundation, showing me the presence of God in the lives of people. It is the life
of Christ that drives me to work for justice.”
Members of three local Beloit parishes, other Beloit congregations, Madison
area parishes and Call to Action, the national Catholic church reform
organization, will be taking part in the events.
For more information:
Jim Green ( )
Jim Andrews ( )
Jim Beyers ( )