Funeral for Bishop Robert Morlino scheduled for Dec. 4

Funeral for Bishop Robert Morlino scheduled for Dec. 4

The Diocese of Madison says the funeral for Bishop Robert C. Morlino will be on Dec. 4 at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church.

Morlino died at age 71. The diocese said in a statement that he died Saturday night at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.

Diocese spokesman Brent King said the bishop suffered an apparent heart attack while undergoing medical tests.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. and the funeral will start at 11 a.m. on Dec. 4. A vigil and visitation will also be held at Holy Name Heights from 1 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 3, with Vespers at 7 p.m.

Morlino was installed the fourth bishop of Madison in August 2003. The Wisconsin State Journal reports he upheld conservative Catholic Church teachings that were often at odds with the diocese’s more liberal members.

Morlino also gained a national reputation for his strong opposition to abortion and same-sex unions.

A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Morlino became a priest in the Diocese of Kalamazoo in 1981. Pope John Paul II appointed him the ninth bishop of Helena in 1999.

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