Monday, June 11, 2018

Lincoln (NE.) Catholics

It should be noted that H.E. Fabian Bruskewitz was the Bishop of Lincoln, NE.  for a number of years.  You could contrast his time in Lincoln with that of his contemporary (H E Weakland) in Milwaukee.

There is a great deal of contrast to be seen, although in fairness to Weakland, the homosexual/ephebophile-priest problem began in the Major Seminary before Weakland ever heard of Milwaukee.

...Much has been written about the successes of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. Never lacking in vocations, it consistently has the #1 or #2 highest ratio of priests-to-laity of any diocese in America. All of its seminarians learn the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter has its own seminary in the diocese, along with the diocese’s own St. Gregory the Great Seminary. Reverent Masses in the Ordinary Form are the norm. Only altar boys are permitted. There are no Permanent Deacons, however laymen are installed as Acolytes and Lectors. And their Catholic schools are healthy and well-attended.

One of the reasons their schools have attracted so many students is that tuition is kept very low, on the order of $1,000 or lower, depending on the school. A “Parish Scholarship” system funded by stewardship at the diocesan and parish level makes up for the shortfall in the actual cost of educating a student. This buy-in from the top down has resulted in the Diocese of Lincoln opening new Catholic elementary schools at the same time that many other dioceses are experiencing net closures of schools. Perhaps the others should look to Lincoln for an example.

Admittedly, it is difficult to shove Archdiocesan dollars around while the Archdiocese is bankrupt.

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