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by Hunter Bradford  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 21, 2021   

Bishop shuns orthodox Altman, embraces pro-gay Martin

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania continues to suffer from poor episcopal leadership. The diocesan bishop's recent actions have scandalized and enraged the faithful. Church Militant's Hunter Bradford dives deeper into the steel city, revealing more of the same homosexual corruption.

Bishop David Zubik of the Pittsburgh diocese commanded his priests not to promote a pro-life event where Fr. James Altman is scheduled to speak. Zubik said in a Sept. 14 email, "Do not promote it in your bulletins, on your websites, social media accounts or through any other means."

While the diocese opposes Father Altman, one local parish's Aug. 8 bulletin promoted "the LGBTQ Outreach Ministry Group's parish-wide book discussion." The discussion featured Fr. James Martin's pro-gay book Building a Bridge.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Pittsburgh's faithful have been scandalized. Before Bp. Zubik, Donald Wuerl, who later became cardinal of Washington, D.C., headed the diocese. Pennsylvania's 2018 grand jury report unearthed some horrific corruption in the diocese on Wuerl's watch.

Josh Shapiro, attorney general of Pittsburgh: "One boy was forced to stand on a bed in a rectory, strip naked and pose as Christ on the Cross for the priests. They took photos of their victim, adding them to a collection of child pornography which they produced and shared on church grounds."

The report also revealed a priestly pederast ring, which Fr. George Zirwas was involved in. The grand jury report claims Wuerl not only knew about it but "had kept this information away from the police and prosecutor during the investigation in 1988 and 1989."

Despite receiving complaints from two teenage boys that Zirwas groped them, Wuerl placed the pederast priest back in active ministry after treatment. Wuerl spent the next decade moving him from parish to parish, despite receiving yet another complaint about Zirwas in 1991.

In an interview with CBS, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C. denies ever doing that.

Nikki Battiste, CBS News correspondent: "Did you ever move priests quietly to another — ?"

Cdl. Donald Wuerl, former archbishop of Washington, D.C.: "That wasn't our, our process."

Both Wuerl and his successor, Bp. Zubik, claim they dealt swiftly with allegations of sex abuse. Fox's Bret Baier interviewed Zubik.

Bret Baier, host of Fox News' Special Report With Bret Baier: "So that is what is in this grand jury report, is that there was this cover-up, they allege, for years under your predecessor, now the cardinal here in Washington, Donald Wuerl?"

Bp. Zubik, diocese of Pittsburgh: "Bret, let me say that there was no cover-up."

The Pittsburgh diocese continues to face a demographic crisis: The mergers in the summer of 2020 brought the number of parishes in the diocese from 152 to 106. Since 1980, the number of Pittsburgh Catholics has been slashed by one-third.

In the diocese of Pittsburgh, since the year 2000, enrollment in Catholic schools has fallen by 50%. Since 1990, Mass attendance has declined by more than 50%.

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