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The Field Hospital: Parishes under the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest are the diocese's traditionalist centerpieces, as some wonder if Francis' optimism will ever reach southwest Wisconsin.
Regarding Catholic funeral rites for a deceased person in a same-sex marriage, public scandal is more likely to be caused by bishops' restrictive behavior than by permitting a funeral for a gay spouse.
The Field Hospital: The online petition responds to a recent advisory to priests from the vicar general, discouraging Catholic funerals for those in same-sex relationships.
"The main issue centers around scandal and confusion," says a communication from the vicar general, encouraging pastors to contact the Bishop Robert Morlino for guidance.