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Scranton Bishop Down on Casey

A report in Philadelphia’s non-bankrupt daily broadsheet:

Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton has issued another rebuke to U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., while reminding priests in his diocese that Holy Communion is to be denied to pro-abortion politicians.
Bishop Martino condemned Mr. Casey in early February, citing his vote against the Mexico City policy. Because the policy was removed, taxpayer money is now allowed to fund overseas abortions. 
“Your vote against the Mexico City Policy will mean the deaths of thousands of unborn children,” said the bishop’s letter in February. “This is an offense against life and a denial of our Catholic teaching on the dignity of every human being. This action is worthy of condemnation by all moral men and women.”
Mr. Casey says he is a pro-life Catholic, and his office issued a statement suggesting the Hyde amendment suffices to protect life by forbidding the direct funding of overseas abortion procedures — a notion the bishop firmly rejected.

Philly’s bankrupt dailies don’t seem to have much interest in the story. Which seems odd; when Brian Tierney was named publisher of the Inquirer, staffers worried that he was too Catholic — he’s a pontifical knight and his firm used to represent the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. So much for changing the culture of the newsroom.

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