Over the years, it’s been universally accepted that our local rag, “The Kenosha News,” leans heavily to the left. They don’t deny it, in fact. That’s why it should come at no surprise that the paper selected a left-leaning extremist as its 2023 “Person of the Year.”
Announced yesterday on their Sunday paper, prominently above the fold, The Kenosha News proclaimed Deacon Wilson Shierk as its 2023 “Person of the Year.” Shierk was heavily involved in the extreme left activist group Congregations United To Serve Humanity (CUSH). That was, until the Archdiocese told him he couldn’t anymore.
In November of 2023, KCE ran a months-long investigative story about two rogue churches in Kenosha that belong to CUSH. CUSH supports many issues that are at odds with most Christian denominations – especially the Roman Catholic Church. Some examples are pediatric gender mutilation, pornography in schools, LGBT issues, drag queens reading to children, and more. Our article seemed to spark much outrage against the Milwaukee Archdiocese. So much, in fact, that Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki has ordered the rogue churches to sever all ties with the group.
The Kenosha News refused to report on this big issue. Kenosha News editor John Sloca declined comment when reached by KCE. The Kenosha News seemingly wanted to voice its support of CUSH, not by coming out and saying it, but by a subtle endorsement against one of its biggest former contributors, Wilson Shierk,
Father Nathan Reesman, Vicar for Clergy for the Milwaukee Archdioceses, sent a letter to Father Roman Stikel (D) of St Mary’s. The letter was sent with guidance and permission from Listecki. The letter says in part:
“The Archdiocesan Offices continue to receive questions and concerns about support for, and affiliation with, the community organization Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH) based in Kenosha, Wisconsin… I am providing guidance and clarity in response to the questions we have received, as well as directives from Archbishop Jerome Listecki”
Reesman goes on to say that the money grants given to CUSH ended this year, at the direction of the Archbishop. “These steps were taken because of a clear divergence by CUSH and its leaders from established Catholic teachings on a variety of social and ethical issues. This divergence prevents the Archdiocese from partnering with the organization.”
Finally, the letter makes the Archbishop’s directives clear: “For theses reasons none of our parishes, clergy, parish leadership, and staff as official, public representatives of the Catholic Church, can support, or publically be affiliated with CUSH.”
Wilson Shierk, 87, of Kenosha, reached by phone, also declined comment.