Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The "Philadelphia" Story...All About ...?

Back in '09, then Bishop Martino took on the task of determining the Catholicity of the four "Catholic" colleges in his Diocese... Misericordia University, King’s College, Marywood University, and The University of Scranton.   He made some enemies because he was forced to leave his post as Bishop of Scranton.  What did he ask that got him fired?  He asked if these schools were teaching Catholic Doctrine or not.  He asked to see their health care files to determine whether they were dispensing contraceptives to their students since it became public knowledge that St. Josephs' in Philadelphia was taking "the middle ground", as they put it, in regard to Contraceptives.  He asked them to abide by the Bishops 2004 Directive to be Catholic in who they invited to their campuses to give talks.  Instead they invited the Gay Marriage advocate for the Diversity Institute and public officials that were pro-abortion.  Many different times he requested this information.   Sr. Margaret Gannon, IHM, professor, Marywood University (PA) was on Obama’s Catholic National Advisory Committee and against the orders of Bishop Martino, took part in a pro-Obama panel discussion in a parish church in Scranton.  Again at Marywood:  Oct. 2, 2008: Pro-Obama lecture by former CUA law dean Douglas Kmiec. (Newsweek (10/17/08), “A Catholic Brief for Obama.”). Opposed by Bishop Martino. This is Marywood and it's "faithfulness".   Are you beginning to see a pattern here?  

OK.  He was fired, although they don't say that.  They (USCCB) say he resigned because of 'health reasons'.  Yeah.  Their health, not his...they were too afraid he would uncover something they didn't want to have made public.  Maybe they supported contraceptives in their health care centers.  All four of these schools advocate for the LGBT organizations and promote their activities on campus against the directives of the Catholic Church.  Of course, that doesn't surprise me one bit as King's College is the Congregation of Holy Cross; you know the ones who gave Planned Parenthood the run of their campus at Stonehill.

And then at The University of Scranton, the "Jesuits" are educating in "The Jesuit Tradition" rather than Catholicism. Here is a post that goes into more detail...actually, there is a whole series on this in case you haven't read them. Boston College "Catholicism"

Here is an article from Catholic Culture.  The link is to the main website as I am posting the entire article here:

Bishop Martino exhorts Catholic college to prove it upholds Catholic moral teaching.

Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton has asked Misericordia University to “convey to its alumni, and in fact to all the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton, its efforts to teach Catholic morality regarding sexuality and homosexuality. In doing this, the Bishop believes the school should speak precisely, naming courses, content and even catalog numbers.” “Students attending a Catholic institution,” the diocesan statement continued, “should have a clear understanding that while all persons should be treated with dignity, homosexual activity is not condoned by the Church and should never be construed as acceptable behavior.”

Bishop Martino is also asking the school to consider discontinuing its Diversity Institute, where Keith Boykin, an advocate for same-sex marriage, has served as a visiting scholar. An speaking appearance by Mr. Boykin at the university prompted Bishop Martino’s “absolute disapproval” last week. The NAACP has come to the defense of the Diversity Institute, and university students quoted in a local newspaper article were critical of the bishop’s statement.

This, folks, is "Misericordia University"  More to the Story.  Additional Links Here, and Here.
The four Colleges involved had firmly stated that they were not in violation by distributing Contraceptives, as stated in this article from Life Site NewsOK.  I can really believe that, can't you? 

And how about the "The University of Scranton?"
Well, we have a little problem that arose there after the new Bishop took over.  This article, again from Catholic Culture,  gives a birds eye view of the problem.  The article:

Ten days after his ordination to the episcopate, Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton expressed concern about a speaker at the Jesuit-run University of Scranton.
“Bishop Bambera has engaged in a dialogue with Father Scott Pilarz, SJ, president of the University of Scranton, regarding an event being hosted tonight (May 6) by the University’s Inclusion Initiative,” the diocese said in a statement, adding:

Tonight’s event features a talk by Sara Bendoraitis, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at American University. Ms. Bendoraitis belongs to the Facebook group “AU (American University) Students for Choice,” a group that supports abortion rights. In March she spoke at and accompanied American University students to the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, which included presentations on abortion rights and access to birth control.

Ms. Bendoraitis obviously supports positions that are contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church. For this reason, Bishop Bambera has expressed concern to Father Pilarz about the University hosting this speaker.

Father Pilarz has informed the Bishop that he will attend the lecture to ensure that the principles of Catholic teaching are upheld.

Bishop Bambera cited his obligation to ensure that authentic Catholic teaching is being provided in all Catholic institutions in the Diocese, and that viewpoints in opposition to this teaching are not being presented as acceptable alternatives."
 Here is where there could be a small 'conflict of interest'.  Bishop Bambera was on the Board at The University of Scranton before Cardinal Rigali named him Bishop. And what is this crap about "engaged in a dialogue"?  One of the comments that was made about this story at Catholic Culture News is as follows:  How will Father Pilarz's attendance at the lecture "ensure that the principles of Catholic teaching are upheld"?...and another one:  "I wonder why there is no mention of homosexual behavior as being the issue that is incompatible with Catholic teaching and not only abortion?" and another one:  Good for the new bishop of Scranton! However, I, too, wonder how Fr.Pilarz's attendance at the lecture will put a stop to anything contrary to Catholic teaching. The very presence of this speaker who advocates actions in opposition to our Catholic faith should be enough to disallow the invitation. Is this not what the bishops meant when they issued this instruction regarding speakers who maintain views in opposition to the Church? You don't invite them and then HOPE they don't say anything.

After Bishop Martino left and before Bishop Bambera was installed, I had written to Cardinal Rigali regarding the investigations Bishop Martino was fostering.  I will put that letter into the next post along with the "reply" I received.

As always, we try to provide information for people trying to learn facts about "Catholic In Name Only" schools.  CINO's are very prevalent in the educational minefield and as such need to be identified.  It's no wonder they are calling Philly "Pedodelphia" as the abuse scandal heats up.

More to come.

Jesus Is Lord!

Tim M


  1. In the interests of accuracy: Kings College of Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania is conducted by the Congregation of Holy Cross (Ste, Croix, a town in France, where they were founded not of THE Holy Cross, the instrument of Christ's death). Further, this Congregation (C. S. C.) has nothing to do with the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, which is a Jesuit institution. The C. S. C.'s, however, do also conduct Stonehill College, North Easton, MA; Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN; and the University of Portland (OR). Their society of teaching brothers conduct St. Edward's University in Austin, TX.

  2. Be careful with your assumptions. There is credible evidence that our beloved Bishop Martino actually did leave of his own accord. While this may or may not be true, we must rise above the other side's habit of quoting presumptions as fact. We are, and should be, above this behavior. Having said that, thanks for all you do.