Now the Bishop of Scranton is retiring early?
(Wait. Scranton has its own dialect?)
[AP] SCRANTON, Pa. - A Roman Catholic diocese in northeastern Pennsylvania will hold a news conference next week after media reports that its bishop will be stepping down.
The Times-Tribune reported that workers removed furniture from Bishop Joseph Martino's residence in Scranton this week, ahead of his planned resignation. The diocese refuses to comment, but announced Friday that a news conference will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.
Martino is only 63 years old. It is highly unusual for a bishop to step down ahead of age 75, when the Vatican requires bishops to submit their resignation.
Martino has been a controversial, conservative leader of the diocese that serves 350,000 parishioners. He was installed in 2003.
Anybody in PA know what's going on?