The Daily Review, a local newspaper that serves the Scranton, PA area, issued a statement from Bishop Joseph Martino that is obviously directed at a certain Vice-President candidate who is visiting his hometown this week:
"The Most Rev. Joseph F. Martino, bishop of Scranton, has strongly supported refusal of Holy Communion for politicians who campaign for or vote in favor of abortion rights.When asked whether the Democratic vice presidential candidate would be refused Communion should he tour the region, the diocese held firm to its past statements.
I will not tolerate any politician who claims to be a faithful Catholic who is not genuinely pro-life,” Bishop Martino said in a pastoral letter Sept. 15, 2005, and reiterated this week.“No Catholic politician who supports the culture of death should approach Holy Communion,” Bishop Martino said. “I will be truly vigilant on this point.”
Kudos Bishop for preaching the unfiltered gospel! The time is coming in America when a pro-abortion, Catholic politician will be refused Holy Communion in public. At that point, all these hedging games of excuses to get votes will be officially over.