About 44-hundred people have signed a petition calling for the removal of Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino. It’s in response to an advisory last week from Vicar General James Bartylla, who spelled out guidelines for parishes that wish to reject Catholic funerals for gays and lesbians to avoid what he called “public scandal of the faithful.” Petition organizer Amelia Royko Maurer says the position is inconsistent with Pope Francis’ efforts to create a more welcoming Catholic Church. But Morlino spokesman Brent King calls that petition and one other publicity stunts which no “faithful Catholics” would sign. The other petition, also on Change Dot Org, demands that Morlino withdraw the vicar general’s guidelines — and 14-hundred people have signed it as of early this (Monday) morning.