Skip to comments.Bishop Adamec Goes Unnoticed and Unmourned into Retirement last January
Posted on 04/09/2011 9:54:12 AM PDT by 0beron
Bishop Adamec of the highly troubled Altoona-Johnestown Diocese retired in January of this year. How was it it was missed? Someone should have been popping the cork of champagne. But like the despot of a distant oriental country flooded with sand and camels tethered in the ruins of better days, his unhappy reign has passed like the report of a swinging rusty sign, deep in the rust belt somewhere between Detroit and Saginaw.
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The article goes on to tell us about Adamec's replacement, Bishop Bartschak, who says he worked for the Most Rev. Donald Trautsperson, Bishop of Erie, for 20 years...
"If he (Adamec's replacement, Bishop Bartschak) worked for Bishop Trautsperson, he can't be much better and is probably decidedly worse than the outgoing Adamec. No doubt those trying to hear the Mass of their grandsires will find things difficult. Yet another Old Liberal given a position of trust where he doesn't belong. May God have mercy on the decaying and rusting Altoona-Jonestown Diocese.
Apparently Rome feels "another Old Liberal" does belong in this position of trust.
Is this how Rome cleans house?
I have heard the opposite about Adamec’s replacement. I know he’s celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday, which, in the past Adamec never even acknowledged. Let’s hope for the best. My family still lives in that diocese.
For the most part, these lousy liberal bishops are reaching retirement age, and are being replaced by much better successors.
I don’t know anything about the new bishop, but will hope and trust for the best unless we actually hear differently.
You are quite optimistic, aren’t you?
Any comments on this?
Furthermore, years ago, when pro-abort PA Gov Tom Ridge spoke here in our diocese at a fund raiser for the Foundation for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, the Diocese of Erie followed up several months later with a decree banning Ridge from speaking on any diocesan properties or events. As judicial vicar for the Diocese of Erie, Fr. Bartchak would have written that decree. That decree is probably the only thing that kept Ridge from being named as a VP running mate for presidential candidates like McCain.
Finally, Fr. Bartchak has excellent pro-life credentials and served as chaplain for Project Rachel in Erie. He is known to be 100% orthodox on moral theology issues.
He has served in spiritual direction for Erie seminarians for quite some time, and the young orthodox candidates in seminary for Erie diocese are very saddened to see him go.
We don't know where he stands on liturgical issues, but from all indications so far he is orthodox and strongly pro-life. There are no indications whatsoever that he is of the mold of Bishop Trautman.
We are very hopeful here in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown about this appointment.
Yes, see my post above.
As usual, you don't have a clue.
A priest is not always the same as the bishop he reports to, and a bishop isn't always the same as the bishop he reported to before he was a bishop. Case in point: Bp. Bruskewitz of Lincoln came from the Milwaukee Archdiocese under the notorious Rembert Weakland.
All Rome has to clean with are dirty rags.
What a way to be take care of a problem - let’s wait it out until they retire. Wonder how the victims are doing - were they able to hold a job and plan on a retirement one day. Do you think the vatican follows up on them?
Thanks, Dr. I am cautiously optimistic, as is my mother who is a parishoner at St Benedict’s. I do believe the new bishop will be saying Mass there soon (or maybe St John’s in JOhnstown - I get the two mixed up as I have family at both). Anyway, I will most likely be in town for the Easter weekend & I hope to see him.
Bishop Bartchak is scheduled to offer mass at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown on Easter Sunday at 11:00 a.m., and at St. Benedict’s in Johnstown on Divine Mercy Sunday, I think at 2:00 pm.
By the way, St. Benedict’s Youth Group is performing the Stations of the Cross tomorrow at 7:00pm in their parish hall. There are 23 teens involved, including ten of our local Catholic homeschoolers (which includes my three children.) Fr. Mike Wolfe has done a fantastic job pulling together this youth group, and this presentation of the Stations is nicely done. They call Fr. Wolfe “Miracle Mike” because he comes up with all these big, elaborate plans and activities that no one thinks he can possibly pull off, but somehow he always pulls it together at the last minute. He’s a really great, holy, zealous and kind young priest, and he’s really doing a good job with these youth.
Wow!!! That sounds great! Wish I could be there.
I’ll be at St Bennie’s for Divine Mercy Sunday!!! Look for the 30-something brunette w/ a little blond girl!!!
thank God Adamec is gone. I know of quite a few Catholics who left the church because he defended abusers...and to make it worse, even when he was in the midst of a lawsuit, I heard about how they pressured a family not to report a boy’s abuse by a “visiting priest”.
Yet folks all are pious, and often have madonnas in their front yard (I didn’t but the coalminer next door did).
Then there was the newspaper of the diocese that always made fun of this custom. So it seems the bishop’s office is also full of liberals....
Even some of those teaching in the Catholic schools taught liberalism and feminism. But that’s another story....
We should be there too. (See my profile page for the Kopp clan.)