Scranton bishop threatens to deny Sacrament to Casey



Bishop Martino

Bishop Martino


Published: Thursday, April 30, 2009 4:14 AM EDT


 For the first time publicly, Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph F. Martino made it clear Wednesday that he might eventually bar U.S. Sen. Bob Casey from receiving communion if the senator doesn’t follow his advice on opposing abortion.

The bishop also said the senator should now think twice about receiving communion after voting Tuesday to confirm an abortion rights supporter, former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, as Health and Human Services secretary.

“If necessary, future determinations will be made regarding whether Sen. Casey is worthy to receive Holy Communion,” a Diocese of Scranton statement on Casey’s vote said. “However, at this point Bishop Martino believes it is incumbent upon Sen. Casey to reflect on his actions and ask himself if he should receive the sacrament.”

President Obama with Sen. Bob Casey

President Obama with Sen. Bob Casey

The bishop said he plans to continue to monitor Casey’s positions and votes on “life issues.” He also believes he has “a pastoral responsibility to instruct the senator about these serious moral issues” because Casey is a member of the diocese.

In letters last month and earlier this week, the bishop warned Casey against voting for Sebelius.

As he has for months, Bishop Martino declined to make himself available to answer questions about his position.

“The bishop isn’t available for an interview,” diocesan spokesman Dan Gallagher said in an e-mail.

In a telephone interview, Casey, who opposes abortion, declined to comment directly on the bishop’s new warning, but defended his support of Sebelius.

“Although I disagree with her on some issues, including a number of the decisions she has made on abortion, I believe my vote in favor of her confirmation was correct,” he said in a statement.

Casey also said:

� Leaving the position vacant as the country faces a possible flu pandemic “would be highly irresponsible.”

� The country cannot afford a further delay in appointing the official who will lead the fight to make sure more than 40 million uninsured Americans have health insurance and to reform the nation’s health care system.

� Sebelius has executive experience both as a governor and Kansas insurance commissioner that will help her carry out her duties.

“While the Secretary of HHS will have a limited role in defining abortion policy, I look forward to working with the president to reduce the number of abortions through measures like my Pregnant Women’s Support Act legislation,” Casey said in the statement.

The diocesan statement questions whether Casey is as opposed to abortion as he says he is and accuses him of having an “inconsistent” voting record.

It praises Casey’s support for legislation to aid pregnant women and families, but says he voted:

� Against restricting the payment of American tax dollars to foreign family planning groups that refuse to renounce abortion. Casey says such groups are already forbidden from using American tax dollars for abortions and the new restriction is unnecessary.

� To confirm Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan as solicitor general, despite her support of partial-birth abortion and her opposition to withdrawing federal money from taxpayer-funded abortion clinics and funding for teen-pregnancy counseling by religious institutions.

� To confirm Sebelius, who vetoed laws to restrict late-term abortions, including one that would have allowed lawsuits against doctors who perform abortions illegally and required late-term abortion providers to give “a fuller account” of each abortion. Sebelius also took hundreds of thousands in contributions from “one of our nation’s most notorious abortionists.”

That’s “ample evidence for the anti-life evidence she will make in this key position,” the diocesan statement said.

In place of Glendon…



Judge John T. Noonan Jr.

Judge John T. Noonan Jr.

THE DEACON’S BENCH – Notre Dame evidently has elected not to give a Laetere Medal this year, after honoree Mary Ann Glendon backed out.

But someone will be making some remarks.  Thomas Peters has the scoop:  

Judge John T. Noonan Jr., the 1984 recipient of the Laetare Medal, has accepted an invitation to deliver an address in the spirit of the award at Notre Dame’s 164th University Commencement Ceremony on May 17. His speech will be in lieu of awarding the medal this year.

“In thinking about who could bring a compelling voice, a passion for dialogue, great intellectual stature, and a deep commitment to Catholic values to the speaking role of the Laetare Medalist, especially in these unusual circumstances, it quickly became clear that an ideal choice is Judge Noonan,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of Notre Dame. “This commencement ceremony, more than anything else, is a celebration of our students and their families. Judge Noonan will join with President Obama and other speakers in that celebration, sending them from our campus and into the world with sound advice and affirmation.

“Since Judge Noonan is a previous winner of the Laetare Medal, we have decided, upon reflection, to not award the medal this year.”

Tornando a Colombo

Archbishop Ranjith

Archbishop Ranjith

 WHISPERS IN LOGGIA – Rome on this last day of April forecasts a significant, long-tipped move in the liturgy world: Il Giornale‘s Andrea Tornielli reports that, possibly come Saturday, the Pope will transfer the #2 of the Congregation for Divine Worship Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith back to his native Sri Lanka as archbishop of Colombo.

First aired last October in the pages of The Tablet, the move for the B16 favorite would place the 60 year-old prelate (right) at the forefront of the crucial Asian church and possibly, Tornielli writes, in line for the cardinal’s red hat, an honor given to just one previous Sri Lankan over Catholicism’s centuries of history in the war-torn island-nation.

An auxiliary in the 700,000-member Colombo church before stints as a diocesan bishop, Vatican official and papal diplomat, Ranjith’s become a flashpoint in church circles over his staunch support for the 1962 Missal and traditional practices such as receiving the Eucharist kneeling and on the tongue, all elements of Benedict XVI’s liturgical program. While the archbishop was restored to the Curia months after his patron’s election to Peter’s chair as lieutenant to the then-CDW prefect Cardinal Francis Arinze, the dynamic atop the global church’s liturgy office has shifted even more decisively in Benedict’s favor since the arrival late last year of its new head Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, a longstanding collaborator of the Pope’s whose closeness to Benedict once earned him the nickname “Ratzingerino,” the “Little Ratzinger.”

With the Congregation overseeing the approvals for the revised translation of the Missale Romanum in English, Tornielli notes that Ranjith’s successor at Divine Worship is “with all probability” likely to be “an Anglophone prelate.” If the Colombo appointment proceeds as reported, the Curialist would succeed Archbishop Oswald Gomis, who reached the retirement age of 75 in December 2007.


Rocco Palmo writes from America for The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly published in London. He also authors “Almost Holy,” a fortnightly column for Busted Halo, an online magazine on spirituality and culture run by the Paulist Fathers. Palmo’s appeared as a commentator on things Catholic in The New York Times, Associated Press, The San Francisco Chronicle, BBC, National Public Radio, The Washington Post and Religion News Service, among other print and broadcast outlets. A Philadelphia native, Rocco Palmo attended the University of Pennsylvania, from which he earned the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

The Scapegoat: Ranjith to Colombo

Archbishop Ranjith

Archbishop Ranjith

RORATE CAELI – As first mentioned here over one year ago, the mounting pressures against the formidable Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, will finally lead to his departure. Italian Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli reports today that Ranjith’s nomination as Archbishop of Colombo, capital city of his native Sri Lanka, will be announced next Saturday.

Tornielli implies that Ranjith could be made a Cardinal (only one occupier of the See of Colombo was ever created Cardinal) in what will be his second exile from the Roman Curia – his first one happened in 2004 when, as adjunct secretary of Propaganda Fide, he was suddenly nominated Nuncio to Indonesia by Pope John Paul II. 

Tornielli also mentions that a prelate from an English-speaking nation could be the new Secretary of Divine Worship, a man who would “pacify the liturgical battlefield”…

Solemn High Mass in West Hollywood, California

The Extraordinary Form of the Rome Rite with Gregorian Chant and Sacred Polyphony Music

Mass will be offered by the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey (So. California).  Music conducted by a professional choir.  Guest homilist will be Father Darrin Merlino, C.M.F (Hollywood Project).

When:  Feast of St. Joseph the Worker – May 1, 2009 (1st Friday) @ 8:00 pm.

Where:  St. Victor Church (8634 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, CA.  90069) 

Phone: (310) 652-6477

In a gesture of love and support for entertainment professionals and all people, and in an atmosphere of truth, beauty, and goodness, The Hollywood Project is offering a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite – The designed name of the 1962 edition of the Tridentine Mass in Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum (2007).  

Then - St. Victor's Roman Catholic Church

Then - St. Victor's Roman Catholic Church

Now - St. Victor's Roman Catholic Church

Now - St. Victor's Roman Catholic Church





Confirmation in the Traditional Rite at Columbus, Ohio


Father Kevin Lutz on the left

Father Kevin Lutz on the left

By Bill Heyer, Una Voce Columbus


Monsignor Stephan Moloney

Monsignor Stephan Moloney

Una Voce Columbus is pleased to announce the first extraordinary form Confirmations for the Diocese of Columbus, OH in more than 30 years.  Holy Family Church will host the Chancellor of the Diocese, Msgr. Maloney, who will confer the sacrament in the name of Bishop Campbell who is recovering from surgery.

Father Kevin Lutz, pastor of Holy Family, at the urging of many parents, sought approval from the Diocese and was well-received by the Chancellor.  Interestingly, all of the youth wanted the extraordinary form- students from both our English and Latin communities at Holy Family…

Confirmations are this Wednesday, April 29th; a huge step forward for our community. Pray for these young Miles Jesu.

4th Degree K of C Honor Guard assist Solemn High Mass at FSSP Personal Parish in Georgia


By J.D. Rasnick, Chairman Una Voce Georgia

Mableton, Georgia – This weekend the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus for the entire state of Georgia met at the FSSP parish of St Francis de Sales in the Atlanta Diocese. In a 2 hour ceremony they conferred the Fourth degree on 113 men. Both FSSP priests at the parish are Fourth degree Knights. Following the ceremony there was a solemn high mass with honour guard. This was a fancy black tie affair. After mass 300 fourth degree Kights and wives attended a banquet at the church. All comments were positive. The church, caliber of the FSSP priests, music etc had a profound impact on this group of Novus Ordo Catholics. They simply loved it. There were some high level Knights here from several states and they were impressed. The highest ranking man there Vice Supreme Knight Singer gave a talk at the banquet and talked about how much he loved attending the latin mass and about the beautiful church. They are taking this good impression with them to their parishes and the officers will take this good impression to other high ranking Knights. This was the first time this has been done. This is a milestone in the acceptance of the latin mass by the main stream catholic church.

Many thanks to Mr. J.D. Rasnick who has been very kind in giving Una Voce Carmel permission to reprint this article.  Additionally, Parochial Vicar, Father Roberto Cano, FSSP at St Francis de Sales in Mableton, GA was part of the first Una Voce Carmel meeting, November 18, 2007.  Father Cano is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Augusto Cano who attend St. John Bosco Latin Mass Community in Carmel, Indiana.    

FSSP Seminary Chapel Construction Complete December 2009




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Personal Parish Alert – Update


Fr. James Fryar FSSP and Fr. Justin Nolan FSSP flank a part of the new sacristycredens which will be custom fit to the sacristy room.
Fr. James Fryar FSSP and Fr. Justin Nolan FSSP flank a part of the new sacristycredens which will be custom fit to the sacristy room.

 Christ the King FSSP Chapel Update: Sarasota Latin Mass

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Archbishop Burke Celebrates Pontifical Mass in the Usus Antiquior in Lourdes

H.E. Archbishop Raymond Burke

H.E. Archbishop Raymond Burke

Last Saturday, Feast of St. Marcus, Archbishop Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, pontificated in the Extraordinary Form in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Lourdes in the context of the annual pilgrimage of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICRSS). As the Spanish blog Benedicámus Dómino reports, afterwards the Archbishop gave a talk and a Q&A session, and on the Sunday the Superior of the ICRSS, Gilles Wach, celebrated Solemn Mass, again in the Basilica, at which Archbishop Burke assisted.

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