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Bishop Martino: “I Did What My Mother Told Me To Do…”


With the resignation of Scranton Bishop John Martino earlier this week, the Church has lost a strong pro-life voice. I don’t live in the Scranton diocese, so I can’t comment on his much criticized parish closures, but I was always comforted by his constant defense of the Church’s position on life.

During his farewell press conference, Bishop Martino stated, “I did what my mother told me to do. She would always say, ‘Well, you do the right thing.’ And my conscience is clear.” He referred to vocal supporters of the right to life as being, “very dear to the Lord as they try to overturn a profound cancer in our society, this sin, frankly, of murdering 50 million people (referring to the number of abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973). I think we have become quite blasé about that, and that scares me very much.”

The bishop was never afraid to make waves, always standing up for the teaching of the Church. His refusal to compromise may have cost him his job, but who knows how many souls he saved with his truthful teaching of the Catholic faith. In his own words, “By the world’s standards perhaps I have not been successful here, but I did what I thought was right.”

You can’t ask for more than that!

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