Cleansing Fire

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What? A Conclave? And We’re Invited?

September 12th, 2009, Promulgated by Gen

Yes, it’s true.

I know we’ve had the “next bishop quiz” before, but we’ve never had an actual election. Who will win? Who will lose? It’s up to you, the Cardinals of Cleansing Fire. Just select the priest whom you honestly think should be the next bishop. Is he loyal to the faith? Is he able? Is he liturgically inclined? What are his views on lay preaching and lay administrators?

Please vote. If you haven’t seen it, go to the top of the page and look to the right. I’m very interested to see who wins this thing. Then again, I’m not entirely certain anyone would want to “win” the episcopacy of Rochester.



13 Responses to “What? A Conclave? And We’re Invited?”

  1. Dr. K says:

    I'm envisioning a two man race.

    ~Dr. K

  2. Tmac says:

    Great Post. Please add Fr. James Schwartz to the list and I'll vote.

  3. Gen says:

    I tried to ad Fr. Schwartz, but blogger won't let me edit the quiz once people have voted. Sorry!

  4. Sister Emily says:

    DR. K. I think I'm thinking what you are thinking. I tried to vote for both of them but somebody rigged this thing and you can only vote for one at a time.

  5. So much for 'vote early and vote often'.

  6. Dr. K says:

    "but somebody rigged this thing and you can only vote for one at a time."


    ~Dr. K

  7. Anonymous says:

    May a priest vote for himself in this conclave?

  8. Anonymous says:


    (sorry not funny!)

    Sister Emily

  9. Gen says:

    If you are a priest and you are reading this, then you definitely deserve to vote for yourself.

    I'm really surprised at how the voting is going, pleasantly surprised and greatly entertained. I told a friend last night that this is more exciting than watching returns on election day.

  10. Dr. K says:

    The current front-runner for Bishop of Rochester is the expected candidate, but I am indeed surprised that Fr. Leone is #2. Not in a bad way either, he is a solid priest.

    ~Dr. K

  11. Sister Emily says:

    DR.K. Not anymore. Father B is now in second place moving Father Leone to third place. Both are wonderful Priest.

    Are you thinking what I am thinking?

  12. Honestly it would be a total surprise when the time comes to pick the next bishop for Rochester that the Vatican would pick somebody from the diocese. There would be too many factions, divisions and in-fighting. I believe the Vatican will pick an outsider who has no allegiance to anybody within the DoR. That is not to say that we don't have a few capable priest, we do.

    Bishop Sheen was given permission to name his replacement (Bishop Hogan, and that turned into a disaster). I don't think Clark will be given the same permission.

    My personal opinion is we haven't had a good Bishop since Bishop Kearney, but then the last 10 years of his administration, the DoR was run by Bishop Casey.

  13. Anonymous says:

    And the DoR administration today is being run by Fr. Hart. Some would even say Sr. Binsack.

    Someone not of this diocese will be named bishop. Depends on the church hierarchy in 2012.

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