The cornerstone of the potency of the social teaching of the Catholic Church to act as an antidote to the world-inspired narrative of the criminal world is embodied in the perception of the reality that the Church walks the talk; that it actually lives by the spiritual truths it proclaims.
This act—reported by the Catholic News Agency—of a bishop in the United States, whose bishops have been buffeted over the past several years by accusations of not doing so, is another building block in solidifying the path upon which that walk is taken, and that is a very good thing.
“Scranton, Pa., Feb 20, 2009 / 05:53 pm (CNA).- Explaining that he is determined to “prevent scandal,” Bishop of Scranton Joseph Martino has said that he will cancel Masses for St. Patrick’s Day or for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade if any pro-abortion officials are honored at the holiday events.
“The bishop said that scandal could arise if the Catholic Church is seen to be involved in honoring such officials.”
“John M. Dougherty, the Auxiliary Bishop of Scranton, explained Bishop Martino’s views in a Feb. 6 letter to John Keeler, President of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Lackawanna County.
“Saying that St. Peter’s Cathedral plays “no small role” in the local observance of St. Patrick’s Day, Bishop Dougherty noted that local celebrations often honor elected public officials. This honoring takes place when they are given parade positions or dais opportunities.
“While some of the officials have merited the pride our local people take in them, others have positions and voting records that have contributed to the daily killing of the unborn by abortion,” Bishop Dougherty wrote.
“Saying Bishop Martino “understands and blesses” the ethnic pride of men and women in the diocese, he is also “determined to prevent scandal.”
“This scandal would take place “when or if” the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, the Saint Patrick’s Parade Association of Lackawanna County or the Society of Irish Women should honor such officials and the Catholic Church is seen to be involved.”