Saturday, April 4, 2009

Yay! A Bishop who follows Catholic Moral teaching!

Not as easy to find as you may think. And how can you blame them, these cowardly Bishops? With the resistance and scorn Bishop Martino has received from his own flock, why would Bishops around the world want to pass on true Catholic teaching if this is the treatment they are going to recieve?

I'm sure the Anti-Martino crowd will probably go off on this too. I'm sure I'll be hearing how the Bishop is against the health of the students and he wants girls to get pregnant and other such nonsense. It's starting to get old, this hatred of the Bishop. People need to get over it and move on. Simply ridiculous.

How about getting pissed off about the 40,000 babies that were murdered in various ways today while you were out shopping at WalMart?

Priorities, people.

Get some.

Scranton diocese warns Catholic colleges not to offer contraceptives through student health servicesBy Shari Sanger
Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, April 4, 2009 11:01 AM EDT
Diocese of Scranton leaders have asked the presidents of the four area Catholic colleges and universities for “assurance” that they are not providing or encouraging the use of contraceptives among students, which is against the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

In a Wednesday letter, Bishop Joseph F. Martino and Auxiliary Bishop John M. Dougherty asked the presidents of King’s College, Misericordia University, Marywood University and the University of Scranton to provide information about their student health services.

The intent is to “have assurance that no practice is occurring which would be in violation of Catholic teaching,” according to a press release issued Friday by the diocese.

The bishops’ letter was prompted by an article in the March 25 edition of “The Hawk” — the student newspaper at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia — which described how the university, in its words, finds the “middle ground between Church doctrine and student healthcare,” according to the diocesan press release.

The bishops’ letter asks the presidents to send them any documents that indicate the policies, procedures or authorized practices for the provision of student health services.

The four Catholic institutions plan to issue a joint statement to the media on Monday, said Misericordia University spokesman Paul Krzywicki.

“We just found out late yesterday (Thursday) that the diocese was going to release this information. The presidents just thought it would be better if they got together and discussed this and issued a joint statement,” he said.

In the “Hawk” article, St. Joseph’s Director of Student Health Services Laura Hurst explains that the school’s urban location makes it easy for students to obtain condoms from various non-school sources, which she described as a “fortunate” situation for students. She also discussed how oral contraceptives can be used for other medical purposes, such as relieving cramps.

“It’s always a fine line between staying within the values of the University, which we completely respect, and offering services to the students,” Hurst is quoted as saying. “We are fortunate that there are other medical centers in the area, and that there are health care providers other than us.”

Martino and Dougherty contend her position indicates little respect for Catholic moral teaching.

The letter to the local universities comes two weeks after Pope Benedict XVI said, during a trip to Africa, that condoms are not the answer to the AIDS epidemic there and can make the problem worse.


Al said...

My bet is that the colleges are circling the wagons in order to defy the Bishop.

It will be interesting to see what happens after that.

PS I've noticed that in the last couple of statements, my paisan Martino has been joined in by the auxiliary. What is he like?

Anonymous said...

I think martino should be sent to Notre Dame...Have you gone to their website this week, it's about Holy Week..what a bunch of hypocrites ....