Friday, September 21, 2012

Retirement Comes For Our Bishop

And "the new Apostolic Administrator for Rochester, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse, ... will lead the Diocese of Rochester until a permanent replacement is named" — Bishop Matthew Clark announces his resignation has been accepted. More:
    When Cunningham was asked how was going to run two dioceses at the same time, he said that he would have to be good at delegating authority.

    There is no timetable when Pope Benedict XVI will name the next bishop, but Doug Mandelaro, spokesman for the Rochester diocese, said the process generally takes six to 14 months.

    The Vatican’s naming of an apostolic administrator was unusual, as typically a resignation is accepted pending the naming of a new bishop, Clark noted.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Why might they have proceeded thusly?

They aren't planning to consolidate dioceses, are they?

I'm still rooting for some good priest from Brooklyn to take the helm!

September 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Have they consolidated dioceses before? We'd welcome a Brooklynite, but I'd prefer a priest from a place like Elmira.

September 21, 2012 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...


Bishop Clark is one of the last if not the last bishops suggested to the Vatican by Bishop Jadot, the Belgian aristocrat who held the office of what is now the Papal Nuncio to the United States. Paul VI had expressly charged him with choosing bishops who would infuse a progressive spirit into the American church, Bishops such as Flores, Weakland, Law, which Paul VI rightly or wrongly worried was sometimes run more like a business than what he felt was called for.

Under the late John Paul II, the winds changed, and you can be sure that Clark is about as popular in Rome as a leper with AIDS. They obviously were not going to let him stick around until they had a successor ready, but will get to work stat to replace Clark's people and vision for a church.

September 22, 2012 at 4:58 AM  

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