Last night in Scranton, Pa., Bishop Joseph Martino arrived unexpectedly at a church-sponsored forum on the presidential election and, as the local newspaper puts it, "vehemently expressed his distaste for what was said about the church’s stance" on voting for pro-choice candidates. When Sister Margaret Gannon of Marywood University cited "Faithful Citizenship," the document issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Martino replied: “No USCCB document is relevant in this diocese,” said Martino. "The USCCB doesn’t speak for me."
“The only relevant document ... is my letter,” said the bishop, who had earlier issued a letter to the diocese on the topic. “There is one teacher in this diocese, and these points are not debatable.”
The Wayne Independent described the meeting ending as follows: "Martino also said that he wanted to persuade Father Martin Boylan, of St. John’s [parish], to cancel the forum. After his comments, most of the audience stood and clapped loudly while some were angry that the bishop usurped the forum. About a quarter of the audience left after the bishop’s comments, which preceded the last half of the forum, a question and answer session with the panelists. Martino exited shortly after his comments."
H/T: Dotcommonweal and Whispers in the Loggia (Photo: Wayne Independent story.)
James Martin, SJ