This week I’ve been bothered by what I believe to be a faulted approach from some of the Catholic blogosphere in dealing with Senator Ted Kennedy’s death. It seems I have an opportunity to show my true colors upon hearing the news that Bishop Joseph Martino, admittedly not one of my favorite prelates, is resigning the see of Scranton and going into retirement. Rock and AmP are all over the story.
While I haven’t agreed with his approach to teacher unions and undesired speakers, it is a sad thing when a man’s career comes to an untimely end. The rumor appears to be retirement due to ill health.
Whatever Bishop Martino’s infirmity may be, I wish him healing and will pray for his recovery, serenity, and sound health. In the combox of one of my threads on the man, Jim McK reported that he urged prayer and discernment on the part of parishes facing a financial crunch, dropping numbers of parishioners, or potential merging or closure. If Scranton laity didn’t take that invitation seriously, it is more of a discredit to them than to their bishop.
May the discernment Bishop Martino urged of others be a source of grace for him in the days and years ahead. And may Christ continue to shadow his servant +Joseph, especially in times of difficulty.