Jimmy Mac sent this link from Pennsylvania. Bishop Joseph “The USCCB Does Not Speak For Me” Martino is asking school principals to assemble lists of anti-union parents to help lobby state government. At risk is the legal exemption of religious institutions that permits union-busting.
School super Joseph Casciano channels auxiliary Bishop John Doughterty acting, presumably on orders from the top, asks each diocesan school …
(H)ave parents contact their respective legislator and ask him/her to refrain from supporting this bill since we love our schools and wish them to continue into the future.
They do not have to take a position of support for or against unions but rather that we are seeking the assistance of the legislators to allow this matter to resolve itself in time.
Pro-union parents are upset. Will people not on the roster be blacklisted? The diocese cautions no such thing is being considered. And ordinarily, I’d be inclined to agree.
But consider the recent behavior of Bishop Martino: agitating against a former Pennsylvania parishioner, crashing a parish meeting, then the dire warnings about the inauguration Bible still being warm from President Obama’s hand and FOCA being signed into law. Nothing less than “the end of Catholic schools” is being touted as the final result if–gasp!–bishops had to deal with unions.
I’m waiting for the next money quote from Bishop Martino, “The pope doesn’t speak for me.”