As promised, with all the new problems that have cropped up recently in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, we could wonder how Cardinal Rigali is coping. Obviously, he is not doing well if Scranton is any indication...or for that matter the actions of the USCCB of late. When Bishop Martino left, Cardinal Rigali appointed Monsignor Bambera as 'Delegate of Cardinal Justin Rigali'. I am going to post the letter I mailed to Cardinal Rigali. After you have read it, I am also posting the reply I received. Hopefully I can reproduce the entire document as it was sent to me. Please pay close attention to the signature and the content, such as it is.
December 8th, 2009
His Eminence Cardinal Justin Rigali
222 North 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299
Praise Be Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you with a heavy heart on this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, for the state of the Catholic Universities, particularly in the Scranton Diocese.
I had been in contact with the Pro-Life office when Bishop Martino was still in charge of the Diocese. I can fully understand why he chose to retire. He was very disturbed by the activities and clubs that are actively supported by the four Universities in Scranton that call themselves Catholic. Misericordia University, King’s College, Marymount University and University of Scranton.
These Universities do not follow the guidelines or precepts of the Catholic Church for Faithful Catholic Colleges as outlined in the CNS Guide to Catholic Colleges. They sponsor events that allow speakers on the Campuses espousing the Homosexual lifestyle and abortion and give them the platform to speak. Definitely NOT CATHOLIC. The fact that their Religious faculty support this is scandalous. Forty years ago this would have been considered heresy and they would have been barred from the Sacraments. Not today. Nada, Nothing!!
Bishop Martino had requested information from the schools as to their stance on distribution of birth control products and their open defiance of the Bishops ban on honoring those who do not stand with the Church on matters of Faith and Morals. All four of these schools have ALLY groups sponsored by the University for the GLBT community and also sponsor meetings and social gatherings for these groups. They sponsor Internships that are dubious at best and blatant at worst, namely NOW. Is this the way of the future for Catholic Colleges, because if it is, they are no better than Penn State or Harvard or any other secular college.
I thought the Catholic Church didn’t go along with these types of organizations. Isn’t that what the fight over the “Vagina Monologues” was all about to start with? Isn’t this what you and 83 other Bishops had so much to say about the Scandal at Notre Dame? St Joseph’s in Philadelphia even had an article about how they could get around the Church’s requirement for not distributing condoms or providing Oral contraceptives by issuing them on the pretense of cycle regulation, and going so far as to tell the students to go down the street to the drug store and buy them there. Next, their medical centers will provide abortions if this sham of health care is enacted. They won’t have a choice or they will have to close and you know they won’t do that. Too much money involved. Some Stewardship.
I know, Your Eminence, that you are the Pro –Life Person in the Bishops Conference. I also know you are very involved in the Manhattan Declaration of which I am a supporting signatory as well. These Colleges are blatantly slapping the Church in the face, let alone Mary or Christ Himself.
I would like to see these schools back in the fold such as CUA or Franciscan University or Belmont Abbey, but that isn’t possible unless drastic action is taken.
I will pray that you will do what is necessary to either return them to the fold or strip them of their Catholic Identity. Being Catholic is living the Word of Jesus Christ and teaching Moral and Ethical responsibility. They most assuredly are not in that category by any stretch of anyone’s imagination.
God Bless you , Your Eminence for your task is daunting. I will pray for you in my daily Rosary. Being the Shepard sometimes requires a touch of the staff to kind of get the sheep back on the right path. I pray you are able to help them.
Well, that was way back when. A lot of water under the bridge since then. And now, "The REPLY".
As you can see, there really was nothing said...nothing at all. None of the issues were addressed. None of the facts were even mentioned. And now, Monsignor Bambera is the Bishop of Scranton. It's "business as usual" for the four schools. Not one peep from Bishop Bambera about the scandals or the unfaithfulness to the Church that was so obvious to Bishop Martino. Still think he resigned because he was 'sick'? Welcome to the world of Smoke and Mirrors. By attempting to skirt the issues I inquired about, this Diocese, just like Boston, Rochester, etc.,etc., has managed to bring itself into the light.
It's time to get the Bishop back on track. If you are a True Catholic, crap like this should make your blood boil. If they think they can get away with the small stuff, just imagine what they might actually try to do. The Bishop's job is to be a Shepard for his flock. Not the wolf in disguise. Ask questions as to what these schools are really teaching. Demand answers from the Bishop. It's not just the Colleges being affected here, people! If they hide it in higher education, what's to keep them from teaching False Doctrine at the Secondary level...or for that matter, from kindergarten on. It's time to make them accountable for their actions, starting with the Bishop!
What with the the new abuse scandals and new pedophiles popping up I don't imagine he has much time to listen to the folks in the pews, but I'll bet he listens when you don't send him the money.
More to come...
Jesus Is Lord!