Yesterday I pulled my little boy from Catholic school where he's gone for three years. It was the elementary school I attended as a child.
Today he sits in public school and we don't have a church anymore. It feels really good.
Here in Biden's hometown, Bishop Martino continues his nonsense, driving people away from the church, which now appears to be more of a Political Action Committee and a Pedophile Paradise than a place of faith in God.
Over the weekend, our local newspaper printed Scranton Diocese comes clean on abusive priest about how our diocese protected and hid priests who were found to be molesting little boys. It's been a Catholic tradition in Scranton for decades.
Former eighth-grade teacher now living in a Missouri facility under 24-hour watch
The Diocese of Scranton has released the name and history of a priest who was found by the church to have sexually abused one boy in the 1970s and who is suspected of abusing at least three more. The diocese had never before disclosed the Rev. Robert Gibson as a sex offender.
The diocese’s account of the priest opens a window on an internal process designed in the 1990s to allow the church to investigate and discipline its own spiritual leaders while also addressing emerging concerns about sexually abusive members of the clergy.
The diocese released the account to address concerns voiced by one of the Rev. Gibson’s victims, now a 48-year-old retired Navy officer, who criticized the diocese’s policy for dealing with abuse victims after reading a story about other victims’ similar concerns published in The Sunday Times in July.
The most troubling aspect to Mr. Baumann is that the accusations against Re. Gibson have never been publicly investigated - even though the diocese knew the priest was a threat. The priest's name is not listed on
Pennsylvania, Missouri or federal Megan’s Law databases and the statute of limitations has expired on charges.
"I am horrified by the constant feeling that the church has one goal — to silence victims, which sounds, looks and feels remarkably like what my abuser did," Mr. Baumann wrote in an e-mail. "If the church was truly interested in helping me and other victims, they would pull their records out and surrender them to the legal authorities."
The diocese said it acted inside its sexual abuse policy which did not require public exposure, but asked victims to come forward.
Mr. Baumann said after the priest molested him, he did not include church bulletins in his regular reading material. He also disputed a letter to the editor from Martino that "Bishop Joseph F. Martino always reaches out personally to each victim to express his deep sorrow."
Baumann said he never heard from Martino.
Whoops. Martino meant that he actually doesn't contact the victim, but would meet with the victims if they wanted...
Several weeks ago, Scranton's infamous Most Rev. Joseph F. Martino said Biden risks refusal of Holy Communion
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," Bishop Martino said in a pastoral letter Sept. 15, 2005, and reiterated this week.
"No Catholic politician who supports the culture of death should approach Holy Communion," Bishop Martino said. "I will be truly vigilant on this point."
I couldn't keep my son in this nonsense. I could no longer be a part of this. Weeks ago, a member of Bishop Martino's church was quoted on the front page of the New York Times declaring is support for McCain because Obama is black - wondering if Obama would make it the BLACK HOUSE.
Martino mustn't have had time to speak out against the racist comments though. I've been waiting as a member of his flock to hear him condemn racism, I guess it isn't too important to our beloved church leaders.
Today I got my paper and on the front page Scranton Diocese priests read abortion position letter for voters
Here's the text of the article, the link brings you to where you can read the actual letter from Martino:
A letter from Bishop Joseph F. Martino to be read aloud by priests at all Roman Catholic Masses in the Diocese of Scranton this weekend calls on the faithful to understand and remember the church’s position on abortion come Election Day.
"Jesus Christ ... does not ask us to take up his Cross only to have us leave it at the voting booth door," Bishop Martino says in the two-page pastoral letter, which will also be circulated with all parish bulletins on Saturday and Sunday. In it, he criticizes the laws that protect abortion rights and takes particular aim at political candidates who express support for those rights.
In the letter, Bishop Martino refers to abortion as "homicide" and writes, "It is a tragic irony that ‘pro-choice’ candidates have come to support homicide — the gravest injustice a society can tolerate — in the name of ‘social justice.’"
William Genello, the diocesan spokesman, said he would not characterize the letter as directly political.