Thousands support petition to remove Madison bishop
1:59 PM, Oct 30, 2017
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An online petition seeking to remove Robert Morlino as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Madison has generated support from thousands of people, after critics said he suggested priests can refuse to perform funerals for gay people.
A recent newsletter approved by Morlino and emailed by a top aide to priests in the diocese says funeral rites "may be denied for manifest sinners" if they would cause unavoidable "public scandal of the faithful." Among issues he said should be considered was whether "the deceased ... was a `promoter of the gay lifestyle."'