Rocco Palmo blogs today concerning a road trip that Scranton, Pennsylvania Bishop Joe Martino took to St. John’s parish on Sunday to attend unannounced an election forum where life issues were being discussed.
I like it when a bishop stands up and “be’s” a bishop!
I like it when a bishop gets a case of righteous indignation, especially on life issues, which let’s face it, trump every other issue. The economy kind of pales in comparison. To tell the truth, if a person can’t get life issues right, I don’t trust their judgment on anything. They’re the fascists, nay the slave traders, of our day.
Some in attendance of the forum were flying novel interpretations of Church documents and USCCB pronouncements like kites, especially the recent “Faithful Citizenship” parchment, and attempting to justify their support of the most anti-life politician in the United States. Bishop Martino would have none of it.
Comes the good bishop saying, “No USCCB document is relevant in this diocese. The USCCB doesn’t speak for me.”
“The only relevant document,” he continued, “is my letter. There is one teacher in this diocese, and these points are not debatable.”
How dare he! Acting like he has a backbone and all! The hell you say, the unmitigated gall! Telling his flock that he’s in charge. Grrrrrr…
My bishop is up for retirement. When the new one takes over the chancery offices, I hope he walks, talks, and teaches like this one.