Skip to comments.BREAKING: Bishop Martino sends second letter to Sen Bob Casey; Issues Official Notice
Posted on 02/27/2009 2:39:20 AM PST by GonzoII
Two key items showed up on the Diocese of Scranton's 2009 page for Press Releases, both with today's date of February 26, 2009: 1) A 2nd letter sent to Senator Bob Casey from Bishop Martino and, 2) An Official Notice on worthy reception of Holy Communion which states that "all ministers of Holy Communion, ordinary and extraordinary" are to deny Communion to those whose worthiness to receive Holy Communion is publicly known.
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God bless you, Bishop, it's Canon Law.
A leader leads Ping.
He is a sorry excuse for a man as well as a U.S. Senator.
Excellent! What a fine letter!
Likewise, if a church has a position regarding abortion, they ought to enforce the rules.
The following letter has been sent to Sen. Bob Casey:
Dear Senator Casey,
It is a matter of deep concern that your recent vote against the Mexico City Policy is continually misrepresented by your staff as a pro-life vote intended to promote contraception and other family planning that avoid unintended pregnancies (Times-Tribune, February 6, 2009).
The Mexico City Policy is, first and foremost, about abortion, not about family planning. First put in place in 1984, the policy required all non-governmental organizations that receive federal funding to refrain from performing or promoting abortion services abroad. The policy required such organizations to agree as a condition for receiving U.S. foreign aid dollars that they would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations. The policy included exceptions for abortions done in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening conditions.
Furthermore, the Mexico City Policy did not take funds away from family planning; its effect is quite the opposite. Tom McCluskey of the Family Research Council reported the following: . . .The Mexico City policy halts U.S. family planning funds from going to foreign . . . [NGOs] that perform abortions or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other countries. . . The effect of President Obama rescinding the Mexico City Policy is that now millions ($461 million in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008) of dollars are taken away from family planning groups that do not promote abortions, and delivered into the hands of organizations that are the most militant in promoting abortion as a population-control methodespecially in countries that find abortion objectionable on moral grounds (my emphasis). Contrary to the claims of your staff, the absence of Mexico City regulations insures (1) that money is taken away from family planning, (2) that abortion is promoted as a method of family planning, and (3) that countries that have moral and cultural objections to abortion are encouraged to abandon their policies against it.
Finally, it is never permissible to use immoral means such as artificial contraception to achieve a good end, namely, the reduction of unplanned pregnancies. In fact, the mistaken view that artificial contraception may be used to regulate population growth and the size of families has led to countless evils in America and abroad, including the attitude that having and raising children is a burden to be avoided. This attitude has contributed mightily to the acceptability of abortion as a means of contraception both at home and abroad.
My letter of January 30 urging you to rescind your vote on the Mexico City Policy was in no way mistaken regarding the nature and the effect of President Obamas order to rescind Americas long-standing policy to avoid using U.S. tax dollars to support organizations that promote abortion abroad. It is imperative that this fact be made known to the public.
It is also imperative that there be utter clarity when it comes to the teaching of the Church on matters that pertain to the taking of innocent life and the special responsibilities that fall to you, Senator, as a lawmaker to oppose abortion and other clear evils.
In closing, I refer you to the words of Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to President Obama urging him to retain the Mexico City Policy.
The Mexico City Policy . . . has wrongly been attacked as a restriction on foreign aid for family planning. In fact, it has not reduced such aid at all, but has ensured that family planning funds are not diverted to organizations dedicated to performing and promoting abortions instead of reducing them. Once the clear line between family planning and abortion is erased, the idea of using family planning to reduce abortions becomes meaningless, and abortion tends to replace contraception as the means for reducing family size. A shift toward promoting abortion in developing nations would also increase distrust of the United States in these nations, whose values and culture often reject abortion, at a time when we need their trust and respect (January 23, 2009).
Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, D.D., Hist. E.D.
Bishop of Scranton
His Eminence is too busy attending Golden Jubilees for Monsignors at which pro-choice, pro-gay marriage politicians, i.e., State Rep. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) is reading citations from the gypsies, tramps and thieves at the Massachusetts State House.
Oh yes, and BLOGGING . . . he's the Blogging Cardinal, don't you know?
Yeah . . . sweet . . . that's what will make the Church cool and relevant . . . blogging.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of all Christian life. It is the sacrament of salvation, the Body and Blood of Christ offered for us on Calvary and received by us, the People of God. Regarding the Holy Eucharist, St. Paul says, Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:27).
The law of the Church requires each Catholic, before receiving Holy Communion, to make a careful examination of conscience, using the teachings of the Church as the examining criteria. After this private examination, each Catholic is able to determine whether he or she is prepared to receive the sacrament. Canon 916 of the Code of Canon Law states:
A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible.
The above mentioned preparation is private, as the state of each Catholics soul is known to him or her alone. However, there are instances when a Catholics unworthiness to receive Holy Communion will be determined by the Church because of a persons public conduct. This determination does not depend upon the private examination of conscience but results rather from a Catholics public and persistent actions in opposition to the moral law as taught by the Church. In these cases, the Church forbids members to receive the sacrament. Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law states:
Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.
In recent years, the Holy See has declared that those who are unworthy to receive Holy Communion if they are obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin include persons directly involved in lawmaking bodies. These have a grave and clear obligation to oppose any law that attacks human life. Pope John Paul II also addressed this matter when he wrote, The judgment of ones state of grace obviously belongs only to the person involved, since it is a question of examining ones conscience. However, in case of outward conduct which is seriously, clearly and steadfastly contrary to the moral norm, the Church, in her pastoral concern for the good order of the community and out of respect for the sacrament, cannot fail to feel directly involved. The Code of Canon Law refers to this situation of a manifest lack of proper moral disposition when it states that those who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Eucharistic communion.
In 2004, the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) instructed the Bishops of the United States as follows:
Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a persons formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Churchs teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.
This denial, the Cardinal noted in the same instruction, is not a sanction or a penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy of Communion passing judgment on the persons subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the persons public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.
Therefore, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, Bishop of Scranton, reminds all ministers of Holy Communion, ordinary and extraordinary, that:
To administer the Sacred Body and Blood of the Lord is a serious duty which they have received from the Church, and no one having accepted this responsibility has the right to ignore the Churchs law in this regard;
Those whose unworthiness to receive Holy Communion is known publicly to the Church must be refused Holy Communion in order to prevent sacrilege and to prevent the Catholic in question from committing further grave sin through unworthy reception.
James B. Earley
 Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, 4, 2002
 On the Eucharist, 37, 2003
 Cardinal Joseph Ratzingers memo Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion, 6
To send your thanks and Spiritual Bouquets (Mass cards would be a good idea, too):
Bishop Joseph F. Martino
Diocese of Scranton
300 Wyoming Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Main Chancery Number: 570-207-2238
Fax Number: 570-207-2236
Bishop Martino's secretary has an e-mail through which the Bishop can be reached:
And there is also a new Facebook Group called I Support Bishop Joseph Martino!
See mine at #10. And pass it on to people who will write or phone!
God bless Bishop Martino. May other bishops follow his example.
> Those whose unworthiness to receive Holy Communion is known publicly to the Church must be refused Holy Communion in order to prevent sacrilege and to prevent the Catholic in question from committing further grave sin through unworthy reception.
From this I interpret that the likes of Pelosi and Kennedy ought not to receive Communion, and if they ask for it Communion is to be denied. Is that a correct assessment? If so, what is the likelihood of it being carried out?
So ... He's gone 915 on them ...all that's left is giving us an official list of "them" ... name the names, make them infamous.
Nice letter, good idea.
In other news: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2195444/posts?page=1
Will it be enforced? In Scranton, apparently so. In other dioceses? We shall see.
I wonder if Bp Martino has sent copies of all this to the other bishops? I guess WE could do that! Especially to (Most Reverend) Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC.
IIRC, the Bishop of Erie shut out Tom Ridge when he was PA Governor (?).
That sounds like a “Capitol” idea!