Thursday, September 10, 2009

More on Doherty

The myth that Scranton mayor Chris Doherty, who recently came out embracing abortion as he begins a gubernatorial bid in Pennsylvania owns The Guild store was put to rest yesterday. The Guild, which sells Catholic items including Bibles, pictures, and rosaries is owned by the Diocese of Scranton, according to Director of Communications William Genello.

I spoke with Mr. Genello by phone yesterday, and in our first conversation he said he had not heard of the controversy surrounding whether or not Doherty owned the store. He called me back later in the day to tell me he does not.

He also said when asked if the Diocese was going to have a comment on the "Catholic" Doherty coming out in support of abortion, that he didn't know.

Funny, because I also contacted Pennsylvanians for Human Life's Scranton chapter on their thoughts on the mayor and have heard nothing.

As a matter of fact, since the news was made public, there has been nothing but silence from the people that should be protesting most. Odd that in a city of Catholics that no one is making a stink about this. Is it because no one cares?

Does anyone know where Doherty goes to Mass? I'd like to know if his priest is planning on witholding the Eucharist.

What can I say? I'm an optimist.


Sean Evans said...

I believe that the Mayor attends Mass at Immaculate Conception in the hill section of Scranton. Not absolutely certain, but pretty sure.

The Rockin' Traddy said...

Thanks Sean. I'll try to find out if Doherty dares to present himself for communion and if he is allowed to receive.

If anyone see first hand, let me know.

Anonymous said...

The mayor does indeed attend ICC as does the family of Sen Bob Casey. Interesting??? This church hss more turnover in priests than any other in the Scranton area. They also were counted on to exceed the annual appeal. That hasnt happened since Fr. Campbell left.

Anonymous said...

My MY Traddy, how can you know what's in anyone's heart as they prepare to receive the Holy Eucharist? And you have the ba%@a to question my religion???? Remember Traddy, Jesus loves the sinner, but hates the sin. Is this the "New Catholic Order According to Rockin Traddy"?

The Rockin' Traddy said...


Thanks for coming by, and let me help you understand more fully about the "catholic" politicians who support abortion and how the church deals with them.

While he was Bishop of LaCrosse, Raymond L. Burke wrote a pastoral letter to the faithful of his diocese. You can read his "On The Dignity Of Human Life and Civic Responsibility" at

In the notification of that letter, he asked that all catholic legislators in his diocese to "...uphold the natural and divine law regarding the inviolable dignity of all human life." He further wrote that "To fail to do so is a grave public sin and gives scandal to all the faithful."


Then he said in accord with canon 915, that Catholic legislators in his diocese supporting abortion "...may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion. They are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, should they present themselves..."

You see Elaine, it isn't my wishful thinking, it is the way it is supposed to be done. It isn't the "New Catholic Order According to Rockin Traddy", as you put it, it's the Church according to canon law.

So, do I really have to go into what constitutes grave sin? I'm sure you understand that.


Anonymous said...

While I do understand that it's a sin; and I abhor abortion for any reason, I just don't think name calling is right. Jesus knows what is in their hearts, and He will deal with these killers of the defenseless in the afterlife.