New Rochester, NY Bishop Salvator Matano says his first priority will be “to bring people back to Mass.”

Pope Francis has named Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, who has been the Bishop of Vermont since 2005, the ninth bishop of the Rochester diocese. The diocese covers a 12-county region, including Monroe County, in central and western New York.

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Editor’s note: Bishop Matano has a lot of remedial work to do. Pray for him.

Newly retired bishop seems shocked that the Vatican promptly accepted his mandatory resignation

“The Holy Father accepted my resignation effective today, September 21st,” Bishop Matthew Clark explained.

With that announcement Bishop Matthew Clark officially entered retirement. He now holds the title of Bishop Emeritus. Clark submitted his resignation to the Vatican in July upon his 75th birthday, which Church law requires. He believed he would remain on the job until a new bishop was appointed.

“Commonly, I would have received a letter saying ‘I accept your resignation now effective when your replacement is named,’ in which case I would have continued without interruption my episcopal service here,” he said. “So this is not the common way.”

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Why the Vatican wanted him out (from the Cleansing Fire Website) 

Most of us expected a quicker than normal change, just not this quick! So why was the bishop’s resignation accepted after only two months? First of all, the bishop’s fruits have been rotten. Below is a table of figures comparing the state of the Diocese of Rochester when Bp. Clark arrived to when he departed:

Category 1979 2012
Active diocesan priests 341 90
Total priests 584 215
Priest ordinations 4 0
Religious sisters 1,047 443
Parishes 161 105*
Seminaries 2 0
Catholic high schools 9 5
Catholic elementary schools 78 25
Total Catholic school students 76,724 20,603
Infant baptisms 6,742 2,646
Marriages 3,919 1,009

Source: Official Catholic Directory, 1979 and 2012

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