Standoff Between Bishop and Misericordia

March 20, 2009

Relations between Bishop Joseph Martino, who leads the dioces of Scranton, and Misericordia University appear to be worsening. Last month, Bishop Martino criticized the university for acting as a host for a speech by a gay rights activist, saying that Misericordia was not being faithful to Roman Catholic teachings by allowing the appearance. University officials said they hoped to meet with the bishop, but he is now refusing to meet until the university publicly explains how it “teaches Catholic morality regarding sexuality and homosexuality," The Times Leader reported. The university is not responding to the bishop's rejection of a meeting.

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