Week Four – The Crusading Croziers


Week Four opponent: The Heresy Hunters

Playing Bishop Coyne, Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Kurtz (sitting Bishop Jenky)

Bishop Coyne – 40.25 pts

Mon 5/27 – 1 tweet (0.25 points)
Tue 5/28 – 7 FB posts (7.00 points)
Wed 5/29 – 6 FB posts (6.00 points)
Wed 5/29 – “Theology on Tap” guest speaker (3.00 points)
Thu 5/30 – 7 FB posts (7.00 points)
Fri 5/31 – 7 FB posts (7.00 points)
Sun 6/2 – 7 FB posts (7.00 points)
Sun 6/2 – Graduation ceremony at Fr Michael Shawe Memorial High School (3 points)

(to read Bishop Coyne’s twitter feed – click here)

Cardinal Wuerl – 3.00 pts

Mon 5/27 – blogpost “Memorial Day & The Shepherd In Combat Boots” (1 point)
Fri 5/31 – blogpost “Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary” (1 point)
Sat 6/1 – blogpost “Justin Martyr & Corpus Christi” (1 point)

(to read Cardinal Wuerl’s Twitter feed, click here)

Archbishop Kurtz – 5.75 pts

Mon 5/27 – 3 tweets (0.75 points)
Tue 5/28 – 1 tweet (0.25 points)
Wed 5/29 – 1 tweet (0.25 points)
Thu 5/30 – 2 tweets (0.50 points)
Fri 5/31 – 2 tweets (0.50 points)
Sun 6/2 – 2 tweets (0.50 points)
Sun 6/2 – Celebrated 25th Anniversary of the Diocese of Lexington (3 points)

(to read Archbishop Kurtz’s Twitter feed, click here)

TOTAL: 49.00 points

Next week’s opponent: The Rocky Mountain Hierarchs – playing Bishop Jenky, Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Kurtz (sitting Bishop Coyne)


Dubuque Fighting Saints Week 4 (v Almighty Accolytes)

What a week for the team, especially Archbishop Jackels as he was officially installed as the 10th Archbishop of DBQ. But Bishops Nickless & Malloy did their share as well. Bishop Morlino had the week off.

Next week Bishop Jackels will have the week off to rest up from this past week’s excitement.

Archbishop Jackels – 15 points Telegraph Herald Interview (note TH doesn’t show whole article unless you subscribe) – 3 points

Solemn Vespers @ St. Raphael Cathedral, 29 May (Once again the media shows it doesn’t get it as they called Archbishop Jackels’ homily an address to the priests) – 3 points

Installation Mass, 30 May – 3 points

Homily from Installation Mass (amazingly, the TH website actually lets you read it for free) – 1 point

5 Facebook entries (yes now that he is here in DBQ he is popping up on Facebook, or should I say, thanks to the Arch of DBQ, now has a Facebook presence?) – 5 points

Bishop Nickless – 10 points

Participated in Solemn Vespers for Archbishop Jackels Installation – 3 points

Participate in installation Mass for Archbishop Jackels – 3 points

(Note Diocesan website has already taken down May schedule)

4 Facebook posts – 4 points

Bishop Malloy – 20 points

Weekly radio show WROK, 24 May – 3 points

29 May, Confirmation, Our Lady of Good Council, Aurora – 3 points

30 May Commencement, Aurora – 3 points

31 May, Groundbreaking, New Chapel @ Crystal Lake – 3 points

31 May, Commencement, Crystal Lake – 3 points

(as I have pointed out before, Rockford Diocese doesn’t keep up events past date the occur)

5 Top o the Morning videos – 5 points

Total points – 45

As I said earlier, last week was a big week here in Dubuque as Archbishop Jackels begins his time as our Chief Shepherd. I got a chance to talk a few minutes with Archbishop Jackels after Vespers on 29 May. Didn’t have much time to talk as there were others who wanted to meet him. But I did find out a couple of interesting but unknown facts about his time as a priest in Lincoln under Bishop Brustkewitz who was on my team the 1st season.  Unfortunately, I was not able to talk with Bishop Nickless.

I did get my picture taken with Archbishop Jackels at the post Vespers reception. He was no longer wearing his Mitre, but he still was wearing his cope he had on during Vespers. As you can see, he was showing everyone how proud he is to be a part of the Fighting Saints. I am sure he will continue to perform well now that he is here in Dubuque & we will see how much he learned from Bishop Brustkewitz put into practice.


Week Four Scores & Standings


Rocky Mountain Hierarchs 8, Zealous Zucchettos 3

Crusading Croziers 35.25, Heresy Hunters 32

Almighty Acolytes 13 , Mighty Mitres 3


CROZIERS 4 0 0 8 117.25
ACOLYTES 3 1 0 6 73
ZUCCHETTOS 0 4 0 0 26.75
HIERARCHS 3 1 0 6 45
HUNTERS 2 2 0 4 84
MITRES 0 4 0 0 21


Heresy Hunters v. Almighty Acolytes

Mighty Mitres v. Zealous Zucchettos

Rocky Mountain Hierarchs v. Crusading Croziers

Just a quick note to everyone – it’s great we’re enjoying some friendly competition, but let’s keep in mind that in other parts of the world, there are bishops being physically persecuted for the faith and for their fidelity to the Church.  In China, Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daquin was arrested by Chinese officials after Mass last Saturday, and is reportedly being held in his seminary.  Bishop Daquin was just ordained an auxiliary bishop by the Holy Father, and renounced his affiliation with the state-run church – then was subsequently arrested.  I’ve decided to dedicate this season to Bishop Daquin in particular, that he remain steadfast and safely returned to lead his flock.   I’ve added a note to the sidebar.

Almighty Acolytes, week 4 (7/2-7/8)

Versus the Mighty Mitres.  Total score: 13 pts.

Playing Card. Dolan, Card. George, Abp. Lori (sitting Bp Etienne).

Card. Dolan – 7 pts

Archbishop Dolan holds up a foam finger promoting "A Fortnight for Freedom" conference sponsored by the Catholic church, following a afternoon session during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Annual Spring Assembly in Atlanta

1. Twitter/FB feed – 8 tweets this week, 2 pts.

2. Blog post on 7/3 – 1 pt.

3. Blog post on 7/5 – 1 pt.

4. Report to the Catholic-Jewish Emerging Leadership Conference on Catholic-Jewish relations in New York. 3 pts.

Abp Lori -6 pts

1. Press conference in Rome, 7/2, on occasion of inaugurating the Religious Liberty Observatory – 3 pts (text of interview at link)

2. Concelebrated closing Mass for F4F on 7/4 – 1 pt – his address

3. video interview about Pallium, F4F, etc, from Rome – given 7/2 – 1 pt

4. Comments on court decision in favor of Baltimore crisis pregnancy centers, 7/7 – 1 pt

Card George – 0 pts

Apparently unable to score this week, because of his trip to Rome last week and concurrent first-base duties for the Cubs.

Next week we’re back to the start of the rotation (Dolan sits).

Mighty Mitres – Week 4

Mighty Mitres vs Almighty Acolytes

I think I forgot to list my bishops last week.  Oooops.

Better late than never:




Nienstedt sitting out.

This week:

Bishop Vasa

A really nice letter to the editor about Bishop Vasa in the Press Democrat:

[…]I have been a parishioner and musician at St. Joseph Church in Cotati for more than 16 years. It is so refreshing to finally have in Robert Vasa a bishop who stresses the importance of teaching the truth about the Catholic faith and our need to grow closer to God. I couldn’t be happier with his orthodox views and his unswerving commitment to saving as many unborn children as possible from the cruelty and madness of abortion.

Bishop Cary


Bishop Cordileone

CNA:  Calif. bishop says ‘gay marriage’ unjust to children

Washington D.C., Jul 3, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The legalization of “gay marriage” in America, even on a civil level, is unjust to children and poses a threat to religious liberty, warned Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif.

Courageous Priest:  quoted from aforementioned article

Next weeks bishops:





I can’t get the schedule to open so I’m not sure who I’m pitted against.


Week 4 – Crusading Croziers

Week Four opponent: The Heresy Hunters

Playing Bishop Coyne, Bishop Sample, Cardinal Wuerl (sitting Archbishop Carlson)

Bishop Coyne 27.25 points

Mon 7/2 – 8 tweets – 2 pts
Mon 7/2 – 1 FB post – 1 pt
Tue 7/3 – 8 tweets – 2 pts
Tue 7/3 – 2 FB posts – 2 pts
Wed 7/4 – 2 tweets – 0.50 pts
Wed 7/4 – 1 FB post – 1 pt
Thu 7/5 – 8 tweets – 2 pts
Thu 7/5 – 4 FB posts – 4 pts
Fri 7/6 – 10 tweets – 2.50 pnts
Fri 7/6 – 3 FB posts – 2 pnts
Sun 7/8 – 6 FB post – 6 pt
Sun 7/8 – 5 tweets – 1.25 pnts

Bishop Sample – 3 points

Thu 7/5 – in Florence Italy to ordain priests and deacons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest with Cardinal Burke – 3 pts

(to read Bishop Sample’s twitter feed – click here)

Cardinal Wuerl 5 points

7/3 – column in National Catholic Register1 pt
7/4 – celebrated closing Mass for Fortnight 4 Freedom3 pts
7/4 – blogpost1 pt

Total for Week 1: 35.25 pts

Week 5 match vs The Rocky Mountain Hierarchs: Bishop Sample; Archbishop Carlson; Bishop Coyne (sitting Cdl Wuerl)