The Bishop of Rochester, an appointee to that progressive/liberal diocese, perhaps the most progressive/liberal diocese in the country, by His Holiness, Pope Francis I, Bishop of Rome, preached the following in his inaugural homily at his installation as Rochester's new bishop: "To His Holiness, our Holy Father Emeritus, Pope Benedict XVI, in whose pontificate I began my apostolic mission, to him I express my continued admiration and esteem for the guidance he selflessly gave to the Church, emphasizing a theology and an ecclesiology of continuity. A theology that builds and does not destroy. An ecclesiology that appreciates the contributions of every age that does not disdain the past which through the hard labors of others paved the way for the future."
– Bishop Salvatore R. Matano of Rochester, during the opening section of his homily for his Installation Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 3 January 2014
Please note the horrible (what some might call a "wreckovation")renovation of this Gothic Cathedral by the previous bishop. The Ambo (what some call a pulpit) is located directly behind the altar and elevated higher than it. It looks like the set-up in most Southern Baptist Churches and some Methodist Churches here in the south except with a slight nod to Catholic tradition. Yuck!
Bishop Matano's homily in Rochester, one of the most progressive/liberal, moving toward post-Catholic, dioceses in the country, you hear him promote vocations to the priesthood as absolutely necessary for this diocese if the Catholicity of the diocese is to be preserved. He thanks the religious (who have dwindled there and everywhere) and acknowledges their great efforts and with their diminished numbers we are even more aware of what they accomplished in the past and pray that one day they will return in greater numbers through an increase in vocations and recover their great mission.
He acknowledges permanent deacons who have taken on increased responsibilities in light of the shortage of priests in that diocese and thanks them.
He acknowledges married people and reminded them that their marriage is their primary vocation!
He does not acknowlege lay ministers in that diocese who want to act as priests and become clericialized laity!
Kudos to Bishop Matano! He sets out a vision for his diocese that could easily be in every diocese in the world and is both "Benedictine" and "Franciscan!"
PLEASE LISTEN TO HIS LAST COMMENTS AT THE END OF THE HOMILY, ESPECIALLY PREACHED IN ROCHESTER, AS IT SAYS IT ALL ABOUT THE DIRECTION IN WHICH THIS BISHOP APPOINTED BY POPE FRANCIS WILL TAKE THIS MOST PROGRESSIVE/LIBERAL DIOCESE IN THE COUNTRY!ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS ENTIRE HOMILY, ESPECIALLY THAT LAST PART, BUT ALSO THE ENTIRE CORPUS, IS WOW! WOW! WOW!