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May 17, 2014

TUCKER: How often can the bishop be wrong?

Tonawanda News — So Bishop Malone. head of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, is “relieved” that the Vatican rejected the appeal by St. Francis of Assisi School in the City of Tonawanda to stay open.

My bet is that Sister Carol Cimino and Carol Kostyniak, his cohorts in the education department, are also relieved that they can now come out of hiding and go on about their work of killing off more schools.

Well, good for them. I, for one, am not relieved, but even more angered that the trio would not meet with, nor talk with, nor respond to anyone.

In fact, the bishop released the result of the appeal to the media before he (or anyone) told the school. The information was in a letter to parents which students were asked to take home. How nice is that?

If ever I needed a lawyer to defend me and go to the limit to do so, it would be Mark Saltarelli, who has been fighting this since it was announced months ago. As of this writing (Friday) he had not yet received a letter from Rome which of course he would turn over to Father Mike (Uebler) to have.

“If I receive the letter ...  I will continue to secure an attorney licensed to practice before the Apostolic Signatura. Keep in mind that the Apostolic Signatura is more in line with the thinking of Pope Francis since many of the Cardinals here were chosen by him. The minds of the congregation in the Roman Curia were still remnants of Pope Benedict. This is not over!”

But before going any further, praise should be given to those, who like Mark, jumped on board and continue to fight.

Leanne Kolepp and Fritz Gorbach started the Facebook page which kept the more than 1,000 people visited. They brought Carolyn Gorski on board to keep the Facebook page up to date with the wonderful accomplishments of the students and teachers. They, along with Linda Carlson, came up with bumper stickers, T-shirts and sweatshirts. Carolyn led the challenge for the school to win the Channel 2 Weather Word contest.

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