UW-Oshkosh administrator and biologist Michael Zimmerman founded the Clergy Letter Project after the Grantsburg WI school district allowed intelligent design to be included along with evolution in its science curriculum. The Clergy Letter Project signers, leaders from Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian and other mainline denominations, urge school board members to "preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge." In addition, according to Zimmerman, these leaders say that not only is intelligent design bad science, it is also bad religion, inconsistent with their view of faith. The project started in Wisconsin and has spread nationwide; to date more than 10,200 clergymen have signed the letter, 408 of them from Wisconsin.
As it turns out, there are a few Milwaukee-area priests and deacons who are so knowledgeable on the topics of Intelligent Design and Evolutionary Theory that they signed on to the letter.
Oh, yeah, I read through all 10K+...
The Rev. David E. Cooper, Pastor St. Matthias Catholic ChurchMilwaukee, WI, whose entire life is dedicated to the proposition that "Catholic" means a lot of options.
Deacon John D'Alessio St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic ChurchNew Berlin, WI
Rev Wm Burkert
The Rev. James L. Empereur, S.J.Roman CatholicSan Antonio, TX (just Google this guy for a real hatful of pings, usually beginning with 'controversial teaching.')
The Rev. Ed Eschweiler Retired Catholic Priest St. Francis, WI (This character's retirement was a blessing. Too bad he still has writing utensils--he could hurt himself.)
The Rev. Msgr. T. Gajdos Christ King Catholic ChurchWauwatosa, WI
Donald Goergen, O.P. Roman Catholic Dominican Ashram Kenosha, WI (What the blazes is a "Dominican Ashram?")
Fr. Jan Michael Joncas Roman CatholicAssociate Professor of Catholic Studies and Theology University of St. Thomas St. Paul, MN (and notorious "musician")
The Rev. Dr. Cindi Love, Executive DirectorMetropolitan Community ChurchesWest Hollywood, CA (Interesting company, no?)
Jeffrey S. Montoya, Campus Minsiter Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI (Doesn't claim to be a priest, just a "campus minister.")
The Rev. Deacon Jan Kwiatkowski Milwaukee, WI
The Rev. Mark Payne, Pastor St. Veronica Parish Milwaukee, WI
The Rev. Troy D. Perry, FounderMetropolitan Community Churches West Hollywood, CA (Even MORE interesting company)
The Rev. Michael J. Petrie, Pastor St. Kilian Catholic ParishHartford, WI
Deacon Tom Surges St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church Port Washington, WI
Nice to know these fellows have the time to study the issues so thoroughly. Since Fr. Cooper is a founding member of the Priests' Union (less work, more pay,) we wonder exactly how much time he spends actually doing, well, you know---priest-stuff.
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Priest stuff? Like maybe reading the Bible? I know that's a lot to ask of a Priest. He might even come upon the part where Jesus talks about False Prophets. Hmmm.
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