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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Bishop Bruskewitz Interview

The Wanderer has an interview posted on its online site. In addition to explaining his confrontation with the USCCB's National Review Board, Bruskewitz addresses the issue of altar girls. Here's the portion on altar girls:

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Q. Under your direction, the Diocese of Lincoln has had spectacular results in fostering vocations to the priesthood. What do you think accounts for that?
A. First of all, it is God's grace and the patronage of Mary, to whom the diocese is dedicated. And it's also due to the wonderful diocese that I inherited from a great predecessor, Bishop Flavin; also a cadre of excellent priests who are wholesome, holy, pure, learned, and good.
Q. As you have probably heard, Bishop Paul Loverde has announced that girl altar boys will now be allowed in the Diocese of Arlington. That means that your diocese is alone in not allowing them in the United States.
Will you continue that policy?
A. I've been alone before. However, it might be interesting to know that there are other dioceses that don't have altar girls, but they do not want it to be known. But, as I've said many times, if I see a diocese, chiefly because of altar girls, with convents overflowing with novices, and hundreds of priests being ordained, then I'll change my mind. In the meantime, we'll just continue in the old traditional way.

[emphasis added]

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