Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bishop of Scranton Retiring Early?

What in the world is going on in Pennsylvania? For a state dominated by mostly small towns and only a handful of big cities (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, and Bethlehem), there seems to be always some kind of foment.

Now the Bishop of Scranton is retiring early?

[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.

(Wait. Scranton has its own dialect?)

Anybody in PA know what's going on?

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