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BREAKING: Bishop Martino sends second letter to Sen Bob Casey; Issues Official Notice
te-deum.blogspot.com ^ | Feb 26, 2009 | Diane M. Korzeniewski

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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TOPICS: Catholic; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: 111th; bishopmartino; bishops; bobcasey; catholicpoliticians; senatorcasey
 Who is like unto God?

God bless you, Bishop, it's Canon Law.

1 posted on 02/27/2009 2:39:21 AM PST by GonzoII
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Salvation; NYer; narses

A leader leads Ping.


2 posted on 02/27/2009 2:40:11 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII
The Senator is not even a pimple on the derriere of his late father, Governor Casey.

He is a sorry excuse for a man as well as a U.S. Senator.

3 posted on 02/27/2009 2:52:01 AM PST by wmileo (I miss Ronald Wilson Reagan. POTUS #40)
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To: GonzoII
GOOD! Of course I doubt it will mean anything to the senator.

prisoner6

4 posted on 02/27/2009 2:56:19 AM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the Left fall out.)
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To: GonzoII

Excellent! What a fine letter!


5 posted on 02/27/2009 3:07:09 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: GonzoII
Good for him. I've been saying that the republican party ought to expel senators Larry, Snowe and Curley because, a party ought to stand for something.

Likewise, if a church has a position regarding abortion, they ought to enforce the rules.

6 posted on 02/27/2009 3:48:19 AM PST by muir_redwoods (The president is an ass)
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To: GonzoII
Bishop Again Voices Concern Regarding Sen. Casey’s Mexico City Policy Vote

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 method—especially 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 Obama’s order to rescind America’s 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).

Sincerely,

Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, D.D., Hist. E.D.
Bishop of Scranton

7 posted on 02/27/2009 6:54:07 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: GonzoII
I'm sure that here, in Kennedy-Kerry Country, where NEVER is heard / a Magisterial word . . . there will not be anything like this forthcoming!

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.

Ye gads.

8 posted on 02/27/2009 6:56:21 AM PST by TaxachusettsMan
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OFFICIAL NOTICE

Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion

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 Catholic’s soul is known to him or her alone. However, there are instances when a Catholic’s unworthiness to receive Holy Communion will be determined by the Church because of a person’s public conduct. This determination does not depend upon the private examination of conscience but results rather from a Catholic’s 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.[1] Pope John Paul II also addressed this matter when he wrote, “The judgment of one’s state of grace obviously belongs only to the person involved, since it is a question of examining one’s 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.”[2]

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 person’s 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 Church’s 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 person’s subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.”[3]

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 Church’s 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
Chancellor

[1] Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, 4, 2002

[2] On the Eucharist, 37, 2003

[3] Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s memo Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion, 6

9 posted on 02/27/2009 7:06:42 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: GonzoII; neverdem; The Mayor; wagglebee; little jeremiah; cpforlife.org; Coleus; cgk; narses; ...
VERTEBRATE

BISHOP

ALERT

AND

TE DEUM

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:

Rev-Christopher-Washington@dioceseofscranton.org

And there is also a new Facebook Group called I Support Bishop Joseph Martino!

10 posted on 02/27/2009 7:50:13 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:5)
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To: DieHard the Hunter; Arthur McGowan

See mine at #10. And pass it on to people who will write or phone!


11 posted on 02/27/2009 7:52:27 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:5)
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To: GonzoII

God bless Bishop Martino. May other bishops follow his example.


12 posted on 02/27/2009 8:00:43 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

> 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?


13 posted on 02/27/2009 8:21:11 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham; Pyro7480; wmileo; muir_redwoods
Bishop Joseph F. Martino
Diocese of Scranton
300 Wyoming Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503

Dear Bishop Martino,

As far as I am aware, you are the only member of the Catholic Hierarchy in the United States who is now in compliance with Canon 915, inasmuch as you have not only sent letters of solemn admonition to Senator Bob Casey, but have also instructed all Ministers of the Eucharist to refrain from giving Holy Communion to those to whom this section of Canon Law applies.

Many of us have been praying for this for years. We, the laity, are scandalized by the brazenness of pro-abortion political communicants; we are also scandalized by the cravenness of sacrilege-tolerating bishops who endlessly temporize with these politicians.

If some politician favored a law which authorized the beheading and dismemberment of a very moderate number of Catholic bishops ~ annually ~ would the bishops say “We must engage in more pastoral dialogue about this”? Or ". . . but where does he stand on tax reform"?

I thank God for giving you the strength to do the right thing.

May Bob Casey return quickly to the truth.

Both you and he are in my prayers.

Gratefully, [signed]
14 posted on 02/27/2009 8:22:23 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:5)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
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.

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.

15 posted on 02/27/2009 8:26:32 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Nice letter, good idea.

In other news: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2195444/posts?page=1

Freegards


16 posted on 02/27/2009 8:28:28 AM PST by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
You got it.

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.

17 posted on 02/27/2009 8:32:54 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:5)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
"Will it be enforced? In Scranton, apparently so. In other dioceses?"

IIRC, the Bishop of Erie shut out Tom Ridge when he was PA Governor (?).

18 posted on 02/27/2009 8:35:18 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

That sounds like a “Capitol” idea!


19 posted on 02/27/2009 8:35:56 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
In his Diocese likely, I imagine, outside that who knows.
20 posted on 02/27/2009 8:36:10 AM PST by Little Bill (Just a Poor White Person , clinging to God, Guns, and the Constitution)
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To: Scotswife

WoW!


21 posted on 02/27/2009 8:38:57 AM PST by tioga
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To: ArrogantBustard

I’ll be talking to Chaput on Sunday and I’ll give him a copy of both and see what his reaction is. I’ll ask him if he’ll publicly echo Martino’s statements.


22 posted on 02/27/2009 9:22:26 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Excellent ... I’ll offer a prayer for you and Abp Chaput.


23 posted on 02/27/2009 9:39:30 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: GonzoII
Breaking news: Bishop Martino accuses Casey of abortion deceit
24 posted on 02/27/2009 9:45:08 AM PST by topcat54 ("Dispensationalism -- like crack for the eschatologically naive.")
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To: GonzoII

Yay!


25 posted on 02/27/2009 10:26:04 AM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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Let the squeezing begin. I stated when Nancy Pelosi was admonished by the Pope last week, that it was the beginning of the end for Wishy Washy CINO politcians. They would start to hear from their bishops soon after. Pope Benedict gave them the courage to be Catholic again.

Support these men as they start the long hard squeeze on these politicians, and pray that they will no longer be allowed to use their faith as cover to convince the masses that its ok to be for murdering babies and catholic. The cafeteria is closed........ THANK YOU BISHOP!!


26 posted on 02/27/2009 10:37:56 AM PST by wombtotomb (since its "above his paygrade", why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: tioga

Is Gillibrand catholic? I forgot to check.

What diocese is she in?


27 posted on 02/27/2009 10:41:46 AM PST by Scotswife (GO ISRAEL!!!)
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To: Scotswife; NYer

I would guess the Albany Diocese....

IS gillibrand from there?


28 posted on 02/27/2009 10:50:07 AM PST by tioga
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To: NYer

and is she Catholic? I am having trouble googling that....thanks


29 posted on 02/27/2009 10:50:47 AM PST by tioga
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To: tioga

I’m sure her bishop is right on top of it! (LOL)


30 posted on 02/27/2009 10:51:27 AM PST by Scotswife (GO ISRAEL!!!)
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To: Scotswife

just found it.........gilli is a pro-abort Catholic, but I suspect her Bishop will do nothing.


31 posted on 02/27/2009 10:56:13 AM PST by tioga
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To: wmileo

Judging by the debate clip I saw, he’s a pretty dim bulb. How did he get out of high school?


32 posted on 02/27/2009 11:03:21 AM PST by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: tioga

Martino is a good man - too bad there aren’t more of him.


33 posted on 02/27/2009 11:04:13 AM PST by Scotswife (GO ISRAEL!!!)
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To: GonzoII

That’s my Bishop.

I’m so proud of him, calling out Casey for his hypocrisy!


34 posted on 02/27/2009 11:06:10 AM PST by Palladin ("...the one with the big ears--he AIN'T my President!"...Etta James)
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To: Scotswife

from the looks of things the Syracuse Bishop is all right. all the churches in the triple cities are conservative....at least the ones I have been to....St. Ambrose even has twice daily confession...before both daily masses....and their church fills up during a week day mass....on Ash Wednesday at St. Mary’s there was not even any standing room left....it was amazing for a week day mass. filled to the rafters.


35 posted on 02/27/2009 11:08:30 AM PST by tioga
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To: tioga

yes - he appears to be a good egg.
He comes to the area every year for their pro-life march and prays outside the abortion clinic.


36 posted on 02/27/2009 11:10:44 AM PST by Scotswife (GO ISRAEL!!!)
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To: Scotswife

hmm, I may have to join him next time.


37 posted on 02/27/2009 11:12:59 AM PST by tioga
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To: tioga

every now and then he misses for illness or weather - but is pretty reliable when it comes to that event.


38 posted on 02/27/2009 11:24:25 AM PST by Scotswife (GO ISRAEL!!!)
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To: GonzoII

Amen.


39 posted on 02/27/2009 3:21:08 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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