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  • Bishop Martino's departure: did he jump or was he pushed?

    09/02/2009 10:41:00 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 36 replies · 935+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | Sep. 1, 2009 | CWNews
    That's the easy question. Bishop Joseph Martino was pushed into resignation at the age of 63. No intelligent observer can credit the official explanation: that Bishop Martino retired because of health problems. The outgoing bishop openly acknowledged to reporters that he "clearly" was not suffering from any grave illness. Clearly Bishop Martino was under a great deal of pressure, and therefore it is not difficult to believe that he suffered from insomnia and fatigue: the only medical complaints that were mentioned in the press conference announcing his departure. But while those are serious problems, they are not ordinarily serious enough...
  • Pope accepts Scranton bishop's resignation (Press Conference 10 AM today)

    08/31/2009 5:11:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies · 1,047+ views
    Pope Benedict XVI on Monday accepted the early retirement of a northeastern Pennsylvania bishop who critics say alienated parishioners with his leadership style. The brief announcement, keeping to Vatican tradition, did not say why Bishop Joseph Martino, 63, submitted his resignation. The usual retirement age for bishops is 75. Martino, who was installed in 2003, has been a controversial, conservative leader of the diocese that serves 350,000 parishioners. Earlier this year, he blasted a local Catholic university for sponsoring a lecture by a gay-rights advocate. He also threatened to cancel a traditional St. Patrick's Day parade Mass if parade organizers...
  • Bishop Martino Regrets King’s CollegeCommencement Speaker Selection (Sen Bob Casey)

    05/03/2009 10:13:24 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 17 replies · 601+ views
    Bishop Joseph F. Martino said today that the decision by King’s College to have Sen. Robert Casey serve as commencement speaker on May 17 is, in view of his affirmative vote for Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services, an affront to all who value the sanctity of life. Previously, the Bishop had asked Sen. Casey to reflect on his oft-stated pro-life beliefs and oppose the nomination of Gov. Sebelius who as a Catholic has been a committed advocate of abortion while she served as governor of Kansas. It is the Bishop’s position that his vote on April...
  • Bishop Martino joins protest against Obama (Notre Dame commencement)

    04/03/2009 8:59:46 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 12 replies · 736+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 4/3/2009 | Sarah Hofius Hall
    Bishop Joseph F. Martino and Auxiliary Bishop John M. Dougherty have joined more than a dozen bishops who are protesting the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Barack Obama at commencement next month. In a letter to the university’s president, which the Diocese of Scranton released Thursday, Bishops Martino and Dougherty call Mr. Obama being the school’s commencement speaker and recipient of an honorary doctorate “truly shameful” and “a scandal to the Church.” “The numerous, repeated and extensive anti-life positions taken by President Obama merit his recognition as an unequalled, prominent proponent of the culture of death in...
  • Senator Casey Withdraws as Commencement Speaker at St. Vincent’s College

    03/27/2009 3:41:04 AM PDT · by tcg · 16 replies · 1,195+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/27/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Senator Bob Casey Jr. proclaims his pro-life credentials but fails to vote in a consistent manner to defend the fundamental right to life. He also missed an extraordinary opportunity to undo the injustice done to his father all those years ago at another Democratic Convention, when he spoke at the one in 2008. He failed to do so and many, including this writer, were deeply disappointed. He has come under increasing criticism as he defends the Administrations indefensible anti-right to life agenda and is regularly rolled out as one of President Obama’s Catholic supporters. Senator Casey has also been consistently...
  • ‘Bishop who knows how to Bishop’: Bishop Martino Refuses Misericordia University

    03/19/2009 3:58:29 PM PDT · by tcg · 4 replies · 522+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/20/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    A very dear friend of mine, an evangelical Protestant minister who is a Champion of Life, commented to me upon reading it, “Boy, does this Pope know how to Pope!” In this instance, my reaction to Bishop Joseph Martino’s continued defense of the truth in his Diocese was “Boy does this Bishop know how to Bishop!” And further, how desperately we all need him - and others like him - as we walk through the smoke of what Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, right before he was elected to the Chair of Peter, prophetically called “the dictatorship of relativism.” The latest news...
  • Bishop battles for orthodoxy in Scranton, Pa.

    03/15/2009 3:56:55 PM PDT · by pissant · 28 replies · 877+ views
    AP/Google ^ | 3/13/09 | Kathy Matheson
    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The bishop's threat was almost incomprehensible. In this heavily Roman Catholic city, where tens of thousands of people pack downtown for the annual St. Patrick's parade, Mass would be canceled that day if organizers honored an abortion-rights supporter. The warning — seen by some as a reference to Vice President Joe Biden, a native son — was the latest in a series of tough stands by Bishop Joseph Martino, who is establishing himself as one of the nation's most outspoken defenders of Catholic orthodoxy. Supporters say he is simply enforcing church teachings to counter "cafeteria Catholics,"...
  • Bishop Corrects Catholic College for Inviting Gay "Marriage" Advocate

    02/17/2009 5:01:09 PM PST · by tcg · 5 replies · 781+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/18/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Statement of the Diocese of Scranton in Response to Misericordia University’s Plans to Host Speaker Keith Boykin "Misericordia University’s Diversity Institute is twice providing at the University on February 17, 2009, a platform for Keith Boykin. "Mr. Boykin has authored three books and all three have been nominated for a Lambda Literary award. Lambda is a legal advocacy effort for homosexual causes. Mr. Boykin is an avid supporter of same sex marriage and is an activist for positions disturbingly opposed to Catholic moral teaching. "Bishop Martino wants Catholics of the Diocese of Scranton to know of his absolute disapproval of...
  • Bishop Martino voices ‘absolute disapproval’ for university inviting gay activist

    02/19/2009 9:04:00 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 473+ views
    CNA ^ | February 19, 2009
    Keith Boykin Scranton, Pa., Feb 19, 2009 / 04:06 am (CNA).- Bishop Joseph F. Martino has issued a statement informing Catholics of his diocese that he has “absolute disapproval” of Misericordia University’s hosting of Keith Boykin, described as an activist for positions “disturbingly opposed” to Catholic moral teaching.In the diocese’s statement, Bishop Martino warned that in this instance the university is “seriously failing” to maintain its Catholic identity. The statement noted that all three of Boykin’s books have been nominated for the Lambda Literary Award, which is given by a legal advocacy effort on behalf of homosexual causes.The diocese...
  • Bishop Martino Speaks on Authentic Diversity and Catholic Identity, Stands Firm.

    03/04/2009 4:47:27 PM PST · by tcg · 6 replies · 401+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/5/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Misericordia University, as a Catholic institution, has a responsibility for helping the community achieve these goals. However, precisely because it is a Catholic institution, it also has a responsibility to transmit Catholic teaching to its students in ways that are not ambiguous or confusing. SCRANTON, PA (Catholic Online) - Once again, Bishop Joseph Martino has acted in a manner which not only displays fidelity to his teaching office as a Catholic Bishop but great courage - in an age too often characterized by its opposite, cowardice. He has released further reflections on the issue of properly teaching authentic diversity and...
  • Bishop Martino counseling Eucharistic ministers to deny Holy Communion

    03/02/2009 3:23:22 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 11 replies · 696+ views
    The Times Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/28/09 | LAURA LEGERE
    Bishop Joseph F. Martino has taken an administrative step toward fulfilling his vow to deny Holy Communion to Roman Catholic lawmakers who support abortion rights. The prelate published an official notice in the diocesan newspaper on Thursday reminding all Eucharistic ministers of their duty to follow Catholic law and refuse Holy Communion to anyone, specifically Catholic lawmakers, whose “unworthiness” to receive the sacrament is “known publicly.” “No one having accepted this responsibility (of administering Holy Communion) has the right to ignore the Church’s law in this regard,” the bishop told the ministers. The notice, signed by diocesan chancellor James B....
  • Biden’s kin to be guests of Society of Irish Women on St. Pat’s (showdown w/Bishop?)

    02/28/2009 6:20:44 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 528+ views
    The Times Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/28/09 | LAURA LEGERE
    Vice President Joe Biden’s sister and mother will be honored by the Society of Irish Women at its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, a society founder confirmed Friday. Valerie Biden Owens, Mr. Biden’s sister and lifelong campaign manager, will be a principal speaker at the event. Jean Finnegan Biden, Mr. Biden’s mother, will be an honored guest. She will sit at the head table but will not give a speech, said Evie Rafalko McNulty, one of the society’s founders. “Oh, my God, it’s wonderful, because she is Scranton; she’s from Scranton,” Mrs. McNulty said about the confirmation that Mrs. Biden...
  • Pro-Life Leaders Hail Bishop Martino's Courageous Outspokenness for Pro-Life, Pro-Family Values

    02/28/2009 11:02:14 AM PST · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 421+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/27/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, February 27, 2009 ( - Pro-life leaders across the country are hailing Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino for his recent salvo against public anti-life and anti-family forces in the Scranton diocese.Bishop Martino has attracted national attention for his fearless pastoral work on several occasions in the past few weeks.  Known to be a staunch defender of the Church's teaching on life, Martino made that teaching abundantly clear earlier this month to Sen. Bob Casey, a Scranton parishioner who had voted against restoring the Mexico City Policy. In a letter to the Senator, the bishop urged him to rescind his vote...
  • Bishop Martino Writes Another Letter to Senator Casey

    02/27/2009 10:41:08 AM PST · by tcg · 9 replies · 585+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/27/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    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...
  • Bishop could take church affiliation from Misericordia (University in PA)

    02/27/2009 2:51:50 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 586+ views
    The Times Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/27/09 | ERIN MOODY AND SARAH HOFIUS HALL
    Bishop Joseph F. Martino could strip Misericordia University and other local colleges of their status as Catholic institutions if he believes they are no longer true to Catholic teachings, according to several Catholic officials. The bishop has publicly criticized the appearance of gay-rights advocate Keith Boykin, a best-selling author, television commentator and founder of the National Black Justice Coalition, who spoke at two forums at Misericordia this month. In a statement released by the Diocese of Scranton on Tuesday, the bishop asked the school “to seriously consider discontinuing its Diversity Institute” and conveyed that students should learn respect for all...
  • BREAKING: Bishop Martino sends second letter to Sen Bob Casey; Issues Official Notice

    02/27/2009 2:39:20 AM PST · by GonzoII · 38 replies · 873+ views ^ | Feb 26, 2009 | Diane M. Korzeniewski
    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.
  • Bishop Martino Asks Misericordia U. to Discontinue its ‘Diversity Institute’

    02/25/2009 7:49:07 PM PST · by tcg · 9 replies · 694+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/26/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    In response to Misericordia University’s assertion that it “is committed deeply to its Catholic mission,” Bishop Joseph F. Martino observes that the institution should convey to its alumni, and in fact to all the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton, its efforts to teach Catholic morality regarding sexuality and homosexuality. In doing this, the Bishop believes the school should speak precisely, naming courses, content and even catalog numbers. Bishop Martino’s position at this time follows his “absolute disapproval” of the university’s hosting of Keith Boykin, a proponent of morality that is disturbingly opposed to Catholic teaching. Bishop Martino is also...
  • Bishop Martino targets Misericordia University Diversity Institute

    02/25/2009 5:20:05 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 7 replies · 575+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/25/09 | SARAH HOFIUS HALL
    Bishop Joseph F. Martino is calling on Misericordia University to “seriously consider discontinuing its Diversity Institute,” which hosted a gay-rights speaker earlier this month. The bishop has publicly criticized the appearance of Keith Boykin, a best-selling author, television commentator and founder of the National Black Justice Coalition. Now Bishop Martino wants to ensure other speakers like Mr. Boykin do not receive a platform at Misericordia again. The Diversity Institute, which has a primary goal of working with community members to promote multicultural understanding and the elimination of all forms of discrimination, invited Mr. Boykin to speak at two functions on...
  • St. Patrick’s Parade Association will comply with Bishop Martino's abortion-rights ban

    02/22/2009 4:01:31 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 5 replies · 362+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/21/09 | SARAH HOFIUS HALL
    The president of the St. Patrick’s Parade Association expects the group to be in compliance with the demands of Bishop Joseph F. Martino. Though the group’s board must still vote on whom to honor, it is unlikely the group will choose to honor elected officials who support abortion rights, Mike Harrity, president of the association, said Friday. The diocese issued a letter warning Irish-American groups that the bishop may close St. Peter’s Cathedral during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations if pro-choice honorees are selected. “We are fully supporting the bishop’s position,” Mr. Harrity said. Mr. Harrity said he could not recall...
  • Editorial: Time for a “Bishop Joseph Martino, Defender of Life, Fan Club”

    02/19/2009 5:02:06 PM PST · by tcg · 9 replies · 567+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/20/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Bishop Martino is making news again. He sent a letter to the President of the “Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County”, Mr. John Keeler. The letter begins “Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton plays no small role in the local annual observance of St. Patrick’s day. It has been the practice to offer Holy Mass there prior the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and on the Feast day itself”. The Bishops concern is that Catholic politicians who are in open defiance of the Church’s teaching on the fundamental right to life will be featured at these events, honored, and worse...
  • Hot Topic: Bishop warns Irish planners in Scranton (pro-choice politicians)

    02/19/2009 8:41:53 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 5 replies · 403+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/19/2009 | LAURA LEGERE
    In a letter to the heads of three local Irish-American organizations, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton has threatened to close St. Peter’s Cathedral during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations if the groups feature elected officials who support abortion rights at their annual events. The letter, which was signed by Auxiliary Bishop John M. Dougherty, reports that Bishop Joseph F. Martino is “determined to prevent scandal,” which would be caused if the organizations “in any way” should “honor pro-abortion officials” by giving them parade or dais positions or opportunities to speak and “the Catholic Church is seen to be involved in...
  • Bishop Martino Slams Misericordia University for Inviting Homosexual Rights Advocate

    02/18/2009 8:45:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 389+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, February 17, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert
    Tuesday February 17, 2009 Bishop Martino Slams Misericordia University for Inviting Homosexual Rights Advocate By Kathleen GilbertSCRANTON, Pennsylvania, February 17, 2009 ( - Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino has condemned Misericordia University for "seriously failing" in its Catholic identity by inviting homosexual rights advocate Keith Boykin for two lecture appearances scheduled for today."Bishop Martino wants Catholics of the Diocese of Scranton to know of his absolute disapproval of Misericordia University's hosting Mr. Boykin," reads a statement from the diocese of Scranton.  "By honoring this speaker through allowing his positions, so antithetical to Catholic Church teaching, to be broadcast...
  • Full Text of Bishop Martino’s Letter to Sen. Bob Casey

    02/09/2009 3:38:32 PM PST · by tcg · 7 replies · 555+ views
    I vowed to be vigilant in correcting Catholics who are in error with regard to the sanctity of life. Your vote against the Mexico City Policy will mean the deaths of thousands of unborn children. This is an offense against life and a denial of our Catholic teaching on the dignity of every human being. This action is worthy of condemnation by all moral men and women. Your release also says that you support “family planning . . . specifically because reducing unintended pregnancies reduces the number of abortions.” I remind you that it is never permissible to use immoral...
  • Bishop scolds Casey (Sen. Casey; "cooperating...with evil")

    02/06/2009 2:52:31 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 14 replies · 538+ views
    The Times Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/6/09 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph F. Martino accuses Sen. Bob Casey of “cooperating with … evil” by refusing to back legislation to block U.S. tax dollars from flowing to foreign family planning groups that refuse to renounce abortion. In a Jan. 30 letter to the senator, the bishop also calls on Mr. Casey to live up to his Catholic faith and “oppose abortion and other clear evils, including contraception.” Bishop Martino left unclear whether Mr. Casey should be denied the Catholic sacrament of Communion, a suggestion he made during the presidential election about politicians who support abortion. Mr. Casey opposes...
  • The Power of a Bold Bishop

    11/30/2008 9:03:54 PM PST · by Publius804 · 13 replies · 492+ views ^ | 12/01/08 | Bishop Joseph F. Martino
    The Power of a Bold Bishop by Deal W. Hudson 12/01/08 An article published yesterday in the Scranton Times announced, "Bishop takes his place on the national stage with his staunch anti-abortion stance." Bishop Joseph F. Martino wasn't the only bishop who spoke boldly during the presidential campaign, but he was noticed, in part, because Scranton is Vice-President Elect Joe Biden's hometown. Martino was also noticed because he quite literally crashed a seminar on "Faithful Citizenship" being held against his wishes at St. John's Catholic Church. Objecting to the spin being put on the bishops' conference document, Martino told those...
  • Union, Busted (Vatican rules in favor of Scranton Diocese)

    10/15/2008 10:34:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 500+ views
    WITL ^ | October 15, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    He might've garnered national attention for his strong election-season pastoral, but before pro-choice politicos met his crosshairs, Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino made news at home earlier this year by removing the diocese's recognition of its longtime organization of Catholic educators. After protests, the union recoursed the bishop's move to Rome... which has decided in Martino's favor: The decree from the Holy See, dated Sept. 24 in Rome, was mailed to Bishop Martino and [Scranton Diocesan Association of Catholic Teachers] president Michael Milz. It notes that the Congregation for Catholic Education is the competent superior authority in this matter, and...
  • Bishop (Martino) takes stand on faith at forum (no longer supports Dem party!)

    10/22/2008 8:00:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies · 1,284+ views
    Standard Speaker ^ | October 22, 2008 | LAURA LEGERE
    Local and national Catholics reacted Tuesday to statements by Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph F. Martino apparently discounting teachings of the national body of bishops during a political forum at a Honesdale Roman Catholic Church this weekend. Martino arrived unannounced in the midst of a panel discussion on faith issues and the presidential campaign at St. John’s Catholic Church on Sunday. According to people who attended the event, the bishop chastised the group for holding the forum and particularly took issue with the discussion and distribution of excerpts from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ position on voting issues. The...
  • Bishop Martino of Scranton on Respect Life Sunday

    10/04/2008 7:11:38 AM PDT · by tcg · 3 replies · 403+ views
    It is impossible for me to answer all of the objections to the Church’s teaching on life that we hear every day in the media. Nevertheless, let me address a few. To begin, laws that protect abortion constitute injustice of the worst kind. They rest on several false claims including that there is no certainty regarding when life begins, that there is no certainty about when a fetus becomes a person, and that some human beings may be killed to advance the interests or convenience of others. With regard to the first, reason and science have answered the question. The...
  • Bishop: Catholics who aren’t pro-life will not be given Holy Communion (Biden)

    09/01/2008 6:17:11 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 18 replies · 198+ views
    Citizens Voice (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 9/1/08 | CHARLES SCHILLINGER
    Scranton native Sen. Joe Biden would likely feel at home any day of the week in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Well, any day except possibly Sunday. The Most Rev. Joseph F. Martino, bishop of Scranton, has strongly supported refusal of Holy Communion for politicians who campaign for or vote in favor of abortion rights. When asked whether the Democratic vice presidential candidate would be refused Communion should he tour the region, the diocese held firm to its past statements. “I will not tolerate any politician who claims to be a faithful Catholic who is not genuinely pro-life,” Martino said in a pastoral...
  • Ordination permanently out for former local (NJ) deacon

    05/30/2007 7:53:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 615+ views
    Times Tribune ^ | May 30, 2007 | DAVID SINGLETON
    A deacon formerly associated with the controversial Society of St. John will not be a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Paterson, N.J. Deacon Joseph Levine is still a deacon in the diocese, but will not be ordained to the priesthood, Marianna Thompson, the diocesan communications director, said Tuesday. The diocese announced late last week that Deacon Levine would not be ordained Saturday in Paterson as previously scheduled, but released no other details. Four other men were ordained. Ms. Thompson confirmed Deacon Levine’s ordination is off permanently, a result of the “discernment” process during which the deacon and church officials...