Monday, August 31, 2009

Bishop Martino Claims Fatigue Impels Retirement

This update from the AP on the early retirement of Bishop Martino of Scranton.

SCRANTON, Pa. — A Roman Catholic bishop in northeastern Pennsylvania says he is stepping down for health reasons.

Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino says he suffers from insomnia and crippling physical fatigue.

The 63-year-old leader of the Diocese of Scranton is resigning more than a decade before the usual retirement age of 75. He had led the diocese since 2003.

Martino had been heavily criticized by parishioners who felt alienated by his imperious leadership style and staunch defense of Catholic orthodoxy. Supporters say Martino was simply enforcing church doctrine.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Justin Rigali, who leads the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, to oversee the Scranton diocese until the Vatican appoints a new bishop.

Something is still screwy and doesn't add up right. This is not normal for a Catholic Bishop. Time will tell; it always does.

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