On Sunday, August 24, on “Meet the Press,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped out of her political role and completely misrepresented the teaching of the Catholic Church in regard to abortion. She said that Church teaching condemning procured abortion is somehow new and therefore unsettled. She could not have been more wrong.
On November 21, 1989, and through a decision made by our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, the Diocese of Pittsburgh gave a significant gift to our sister diocese of the east, the Church of Harrisburg. Father Nicholas C. Dattilo, a beloved priest and leader of this diocese, was appointed the new Bishop of Harrisburg to be ordained on January 26, 1990. And what a gift he was!
Last week, the Catholic Church in the United States and beyond lost a very, very good friend, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who died from complications associated with delicate lung surgery. Archbishop Sambi had the fancy title of apostolic nuncio to the United States. In secular lingo, he was the pope's ambassador to the United States. He not only represented the Holy Father to all of the 196 dioceses / archdioceses in our country, he also was the official liaison of Pope Benedict XVI to President Obama and to the entire government of the United States.
The fear of every priest is that someone, sometime, somewhere, somehow will level a false accusation against him. That nightmare has been realized for me. I stand before you to share that a former student at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden has falsely accused me of inappropriate conduct when I was Vice Principal there in the mid-1980’s. Specifically, my accuser alleged: “He was the most violent with me. He forced me up against a wall in the Chapel and tried to tongue kiss me.” I emphatically state no such behavior occurred, nor any semblance of such behavior.
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua hoped that he would be remembered as someone who, despite his weaknesses, tried to be a good bishop in union with everyone in the Church of Pittsburgh.
"I would like to be remembered as someone who tried to bring Christ to the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the diocese to Christ," he told the Pittsburgh Catholic in January 1988, shortly before he left the diocese to become archbishop of Philadelphia.
To the Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Diocese of Pittsburgh:
We have seen the news coverage of the devastation wrought from the wind, rain and flooding of Hurricane Sandy. The east coast of our nation has been dramatically altered by this disaster. The magnitude of this storm, first of all in human lives and secondly in material damage, is unfathomable. Over 100 lives have been lost; over a million people are still without power; tens of thousands are homeless; whole communities remain underwater; roads, bridges, subways are flooded.