Statement from the Diocese of Scranton on the publication “Pennsylvania Catholic Tribune” – Diocese of Scranton

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SCRANTON (November 3, 2022) – The Diocese of Scranton has learned in recent days that many parishioners have received a publication called “Pennsylvania Catholic Tribune” in their mailboxes.

Claiming to be Catholic, the paper features politically related content among its many articles. The publication is also accompanied by websites, pacatholictribune and/or americancatholictribune, which appear to mention several dioceses in Pennsylvania, including the Diocese of Scranton.

It is important for everyone to know that this publication and the accompanying website are neither endorsed by, nor affiliated with the Diocese of Scranton or the Catholic Church.

It should be noted that canon 216 of the Roman Catholic Church Code of Canon Law declares that no initiative can be taken
claim the title of “Catholic” without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority – in most cases the
local bishop.

Box. 216 Participating in the mission of the Church, all the Christian faithful have
the right to promote or support apostolic action even through their own undertakings, according to
their own state and condition. Nevertheless, no commitment is to claim the name
Catholic without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority.

The Diocese of Scranton also wishes to assure its parishioners that the editor has not received any mail
information from the diocese or one of its parishes. The diocese does not sell or provide contact information
information for parishioners to third parties.

Anyone with questions about the legitimacy of a publication they receive in connection with the Diocese of
Scranton can contact Eric Deabill, diocesan communications secretary, at (570) 591-5001.

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