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Pope Names +Salvatore Matano 9th Bishop of Rochester

November 6th, 2013, Promulgated by benanderson

All we have so far is Rocco’s tweet:

At Roman Noon, Pope names Burlington’s +Sal Matano as bp of Rochester.

and if you read Italian.

Learn more about the current Bishop of Burlington, VT here.

Click play on the video below (Bruckner’s Ecce sacerdos magnus)

more to come!


8 Responses to “Pope Names +Salvatore Matano 9th Bishop of Rochester”

  1. Gen says:

    Something worth noting: His Excellency embraces the spirit of Pope Benedict’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.

  2. Ben Anderson says:

    From the courier’s email

    We will provide live, streaming video coverage of the press conference at, beginning at 10:30 a.m., and multiple news updates throughout the day.

  3. y2kscotty says:

    One of the disappointing things about our new bishop – gads, I don’t really want to pour cold water on this – he has very little experience in a parish – and indeed has spent more time as a bureaucrat in the Nunciature than as the pastor of a parish. But, as a friend of mine said this morning, “He knows ALL about Rochester from his time as secretary to the Nuncio.” But it seems to me safe to say that his pastoral experience or lack thereof has nothing to do with his appointment here.
    I hope Bishop Salvatore will enjoy his stay in our beautiful Finger Lakes area and sample the vino – and get to know the people in the pew. He has only 8 years to do what he has to do.
    Does anybody know how well he has done in promoting vocations to the priesthood and how many ordinations he has had in Burlington? And has he had to close or consolidate parishes there?

  4. sydwynd says:

    You should google him. The biggest issue in the Diocese of Vermont was a $20 million settlement for sex abuse cases that resulted in closings, financial difficulties, and the placing of parishes under a trust to keep them from paying the fines (it came out of the diocese budget). Many of the issues here were felt there. The grass isn’t greener in other pastures.

  5. Choir says:

    The new bishop-elect is the first non-Irish bishop for the diocese.

  6. pat says:

    I googled as sydwynd suggested. From an interview article on May 18, 2006:

    In rare interview, Matano explains shielding church assets

    ‘However, this week church lawyers filed a court motion to bar the judge who oversaw the $965,000 settlement from presiding over the rest of the lawsuits. In that motion, church lawyers complained the judge wouldn’t let them introduce the child abuse victim’s adult “sexual activity” into their case – a move seemingly at odds with Matano’s stated intentions.

    On Wednesday, the bishop wouldn’t comment about the lawyer’s actions.

    “These are areas that are best answered by the attorneys,” Matano said’.,d.cWc

  7. annonymouse says:

    I have (apparently) not (yet) been banned from these pages, although (with one exception, and now, two) I have refrained from posting for quite some time, but this thread causes me great concern, and causes me to emerge from my lair.

    May I humbly suggest, Scotty and any others who may be so inclined, that you refrain from criticism of this selection and trust in the Holy Spirit for a change. At least until the man is installed!

    You and I were not consulted on this selection, nor did we get to vote on it, so it seems to me needless and disunifying to voice concerns and/or disappointments at this time. For this site to start in with criticism / disappointment, less than five hours after the selection was announced, can have no good effect other than to cut the man’s legs out from under him.

    As he himself said this morning, this is a very difficult job for which he’s been selected (and which he has so generously undertaken). Let us all pray for him and give him our full support as he (and we!) work together to build Christ’s Kingdom here in the Diocese of Rochester.

    And this to DAZ on the next thread – BRILLIANT POST! Simply brilliant. Thank you for that.

  8. Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    It is so very good to read your comments again, annonymouse. Welcome back.

    Thank you for your kind word to me. As you probably already discerned, I sincerely believe we have been given a Man of God to pastor us in the Diocese of Rochester. May all of us prayerfully support him in his episcopal ministry.

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