Thursday, May 29, 2008

Honoring a vision

Meg Jones reports in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday's ceremony at the Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine in Necedah.
They have been coming for more than half a century, ever since a woman named Mary Ann Van Hoof claimed she saw the Virgin Mary beneath several trees right outside her house.

The Bishops of LaCrosse reportedly have strongly disapproved. Sean O'Lachtnain's recounting says
In 1975 Bishop [Frederick] Freking excommunicated and refused sacraments to anyone who: attended, participated, approved, associated with, contributed to, anything whatsoever associated with the Shrine at Necedah, whether pageants, prayer meetings, devotions, venerations, visits, meetings, classes, secret meetings, strategy meetings, seances, movies, books, or anything else, whether at the Shrine or away from it.

"Visits"? Uh-oh.

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