Bishop Joseph Martino interrupted a parish forum on Sunday that one of the panelists described as "giving cover" to pro-abortion candidates. The Wayne Independent covered the story describing the bishop's statement to the forum:
"Martino, who arrived while the panelists were stating their viewpoints, took issue with the USCCB statement, which was handed out to everyone at the meeting, and also that his letter was not mentioned once at the forum 'No USCCB document is relevant in this diocese...The USCCB doesn’t speak for me....The only relevant document ... is my letter....There is one teacher in this diocese, and these points are not debatable....Health care, education, economic security, immigration, and taxes are very important concerns. Neglect of any one of them has dire consequences as the recent financial crisis demonstrates. However, the solutions to problems in these areas do not usually involve a rejection of the sanctity of human life in the way that abortion does.... 'Another argument goes like this: "As wrong as abortion is, I don't think it is the only relevant ‘life’ issue that should be considered when deciding for whom to vote." This reasoning is sound only if other issues carry the same moral weight as abortion does, such as in the case of euthanasia and destruction of embryos for research purposes. ... National Right to Life reports that 48.5 million abortions have been performed since 1973. One would be too many. No war, no natural disaster, no illness or disability has claimed so great a price.' The letter also states that Catholic public officials who 'persist in public support for abortion' should 'not partake in or be admitted to the sacrament of Holy Communion.'"
If you'd like to thank Bishop Martino here's his contact information:
Diocese of Scranton
300 Wyoming Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Main Chancery Number: 570-207-2238
Fax Number: 570-207-2236