Scranton’s Bishop Martino on Respect Life

This past weekend, Bishop Martino waded deep into the political maelstrom by ordering that his pastoral letter on abortion be read at all the masses in the Diocese of Scranton. As everyone knows, Scranton is a blue collar city in the swing state Pennsylvania. Joe Biden’s from there and Barack Obama is starting to show some real traction in the Keystone state.
In his letter Bishop Martino states emphatically, “Being ‘right’ on taxes, education, health care, immigration and the economy fails to make up for the error of disregarding the value of a human life. 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.’ ”
Now, that’s a real whopper of a statement! Martino is linking elected officials and those who vote for them with homicide if they are considered “pro-choice”. Besides the glaring logical fallacies Martino makes by trying to make such a connection, his hypocrisy is beyond belief.
If he’s so concerned with pro-life issues where has he been when it comes to ministering to sexual abuse victims? I represent a dozen or so Catholics and former Catholics who were abused by Scranton priests. I’m talking about known abusers, the notorious ones, such as Robert Capparelli, Peter Crynes, Albert Liberatore, and Carlos Urrutigoity. Martino hasn’t lifted a finger to help sexual abuse victims in the Diocese of Scranton.
His recent letter on “abortion” is nothing more than a cheap political trick to keep a Republican in the White House. By the way, none of our previous Republican presidents have been successful in getting Roe v. Wade overturned.
If Bishop Martino wants to involve himself and his Diocese in presidential politics, he is certainly free to do so. However, he can’t have it both ways. If he’s going to continue to make political statements and tell Catholics for whom they can vote without risking going to hell, he shouldn’t keep his tax exempt status. Perhaps the IRS should look into this and revoke their status as a tax exempt organization.