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Important Announcement This Tuesday

June 22nd, 2013, Promulgated by Gen

A priest in good standing with the Diocese has informed us that it is “highly probable” that an announcement will be made on Tuesday regarding the naming of our next bishop. Stay tuned.

Bishop Watch – “Transition Imminent”

June 14th, 2013, Promulgated by Gen

While we have often been inundated with rumors and whispers regarding the appointment of our next bishop, I thought it prudent to share the following substantiated piece of news. Emails from various diocesan employees use phrases such as “transition imminent” and “coming very quickly.” But, most importantly, the following statement was confirmed through three separate sources:

Rehearsals for the “Installation Mass” are underway at Sacred Heart.

Bishop Watch – 5/6/13

May 6th, 2013, Promulgated by Dr. K

Since the last installment of bishop watch, Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Michael Barber, SJ to lead the Diocese of Oakland and Bp. Mark Seitz to run the Diocese of El Paso. We also witnessed the death of Bp. Joseph McFadden (Harrisburg) at age 65.

Here are the current lists of bishops serving past 75 and vacant sees. The Diocese of Rochester is #3 in the vacant see list and #6 overall.

Bishops serving past 75
1. Card. Francis George, Chicago [16 months]
2. Bp. Michael Pfeifer, San Angelo [11]
3. Bp. John Kinney, St. Cloud [11]
4. Bp. Joseph Latino, Jackson [7]
5. Abp. Henry Mansell, Hartford [7]
6. Bp. Timothy McDonnell, Springfield [5]
7. Bp. Sam Jacobs, Houma-Thibodaux [2]

Vacant sees
El Paso [17 months]
1. Bridgeport [14]
2. Portland, Maine [12]
Oakland [10]
3. Rochester [8]
4. Ft. Worth [8]
5. Marquette [4]
6. Wichita [2]
7. Harrisburg [1]

Bishop Watch

January 9th, 2013, Promulgated by Dr. K

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bp. Ricardo Ramirez, the first and only leader to serve the Diocese of Las Cruces. Bp. Ramirez led Las Cruces for 16 months after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75 (contrast with Bp. Clark’s 2 months). What follows is an updated list of American dioceses in need of a new bishop:

Bishops serving past 75
1. Card. Francis George, Chicago [12 months]
2. Abp. John Vlazny, Portland, Oregon [11]
3. Bp. Michael Pfeifer, San Angelo [8]
4. Bp. Walter Hurley, Grand Rapids [8]
5. Bp. John Kinney, St. Cloud [7]
6. Bp. Joseph Latino, Jackson [3]
7. Abp. Henry Mansell, Hartford [3]
8. Timothy McDonnell, Springfield [1]

Vacant sees
1. El Paso [14 months]
2. Bridgeport [10]
3. Portland, Maine [8]
4. Fargo [8]
5. Oakland [6]
6. Rochester [4]
7. Ft. Worth [4]

Bp. Dennis Sullivan was appointed earlier this week to lead the Diocese of Camden following the early retirement of Bp. Joseph Galante for health reasons.

For our friends in the Diocese of Albany: Bp. Hubbard turns 75 on October 31st.

Bishop Clark Retires : Where are we now and where are we headed?

September 21st, 2012, Promulgated by Dr. K

Bishop Cunningham and Bishop Clark at the press conference

On this day, September 21 in the year 2012, the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Bishop Matthew Clark. As of today, Bp. Clark is no longer the Bishop of Rochester and he relinquishes any power and privilege that belongs to said position.  The bishop is given the honorary title of “bishop emeritus.” He is still a bishop, just not our shepherd any longer.

At a news conference that took place around 10 AM this morning, it was announced that Bp. Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse will manage the Diocese of Rochester as Apostolic Administrator until a replacement has been named by Pope Benedict. Sadly, Fr. Joseph Hart will assist Bp. Cunningham in this administration. The diocese is presently sede vacante, meaning that we do not have a diocesan bishop. Our next bishop will be named in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Reflection on how we got here

I have to admit that when I woke up this morning I was shocked to hear that Bp. Clark had been replaced a mere two months after submitting his resignation. It’s a somewhat unprecedented move to have a bishop’s resignation be accepted so quickly, and it’s surely a repudiation of Bp. Clark’s tenure as Bishop of Rochester. 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

Second, Bp. Clark has a lengthy and oft-tumultuous history with Pope Benedict; the two have butted heads on numerous occasions. In November of 1986, Cardinal Ratzinger forced Bp. Clark to remove his imprimatur from a sex book written by former Rochester (and now Buffalo) priest, Fr. Matthew Kawiak. The book condoned various immoral activities including masturbation and homosexual acts. Also in 1986, Cardinal Ratzinger banned Diocese of Rochester priest, Fr. Charles Curran, from teaching in Catholic institutions. Bp. Clark famously defended this priest to the bitter end despite Fr. Curran’s repeated dissent on human sexuality. In 1997, Clark received even more scrutiny from Vatican officials concerning his Rainbow Sash Masses for homosexuals at Sacred Heart Cathedral on March 1st and October 5th of that year. Perhaps the pinnacle of the disagreements between these two men came in October of 1998 when Ratzinger ordered the removal of James Callan from administrator of Corpus Christi church. As most readers already know, Corpus Christi had been blessing gay unions, offering non-Catholics and non-Christians Holy Communion, and elevated Pastoral Associate Mary Ramerman to the title of “Associate Pastor” while letting her wear a half-stole at the altar. After Callan’s removal, the parish split and a large number of parishioners formed the schismatic Spiritus Christi church, which now boasts a gaggle of priestesses offering invalid Masses. Mr. Callan commented later about how Bp. Clark held a protective umbrella over the community for many years. The blood of this schism, and the loss of 3,000 souls, rests on Bp. Clark’s hands. The Holy Father certainly recalled these various acts of dissent.

Basically what I’m getting at is, the speed with which this resignation has been accepted is no coincidence. Our cries have been heard, and our next bishop is at hand. Your letters to Rome have made a difference. God is good!

What will happen next

The process of selecting the next Bishop of Rochester is underway. Various priest and bishop candidates will be considered, and three names will be recommended to Pope Benedict to fill this vacancy. The Pope, and the Pope alone, will make the decision. However, the Holy Father will likely receive input from various prominent Catholics such as Card. Dolan, the Nuncio, and the Congregation for Bishops which is led by Card. Burke. It could take several months for our next bishop to be named. After he is selected, the person will be consecrated/ordained (if not already a bishop), and formally installed during an Installation Mass.

Bp. Cunningham will oversee the Diocese of Rochester, in addition to his duties in the Diocese of Syracuse, until our next bishop has been installed. It is highly probable that Cunningham will clear out the Rochester curia so that our new bishop will be able to make his own appointments. I imagine he’d ask for the resignations of all curia members sometime soon. Bp. Cunningham will also tie up any loose ends and prepare a smooth transition for our next bishop.

Remember that Bp. Cunningham is only a temporary administrator. Don’t expect a lot of significant changes in the coming months.


It’s anybody’s guess who will be the next Bishop of Rochester. The process is bound by secrecy, though information tends to get out. After all, the people involved are only human. One rumor which I am sure you have heard is the possibility that Bp. Joseph Perry will be our next bishop. The rumor was that Bp. Clark was offered Perry as a coadjutor early last year, but declined. If this is true, then it is highly probable that Perry will be named our next bishop at some point in the near future. You may be asking, “why not name Perry our bishop now if this is the case?” Good question. My guess is that Perry wasn’t named today because he is needed to assist in the transition in the Archdiocese of Chicago while Cardinal George battles cancer. If Perry is to be our next bishop, he may be appointed shortly after George’s successor is named.

There are a great number of potential bishop candidates. Below is a list I assembled of some of the most likely individuals to be named our next bishop.

Auxiliary bishop candidates:

1. Bishop Joseph Perry, 64, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago

Diocesan bishop candidates:

1. Bp. Alexander Sample, 51, Bishop of Marquette
2. Bp. Michael Jackels, 58, Bishop of Wichita
3. Bp. Robert McManus, 61, Bishop of Worcester
4. Bp. Leonard Blair, 63, Bishop of Toledo

This process isn’t going to be completed in a week or two. There are 15 dioceses in need of a bishop. Some dioceses, such as Tyler, have been vacant for 14 months. Others, such as Las Cruces, have a diocesan bishop serving 12 months past 75. Here are the lists of vacant dioceses and dioceses with bishops serving past 75:

1. Tyler [14]
2. Indianapolis [11]
3. El Paso [9]
4. Bridgeport [6]
5. Portland (Maine) [4]
6. Fargo [4]
7. Oakland [2]
8. Rochester [1]
9. Ft. Worth [1]

Bishops serving past 75
1. Bp. Ramirez, Las Cruces [12]
2. Card. George, Chicago [8]
3. Abp. Vlazny, Portland (Oregon) [7]
4. Bp. Pfeifer, San Angelo [4]
5. Bp. Hurley, Grand Rapids [4]
6. Bp. Kinney, St. Cloud [3]

So, my friends, here we are. We have waited 33 long years for change to come to Rochester and now the day has arrived. Bishop Clark is no longer the Bishop of Rochester, and soon his replacement will be named. Our next bishop will face the unenviable task of resurrecting a diocese in shambles. He will face a strong, ingrained, vocal progesssivism in the local priesthood and most area parish staffs. He will have difficult decisions to make about St. Bernard School of Theology, pastoral appointments, dissent, and a host of other local issues. This man is going to need our support and prayers. Please pray for our next bishop. May he be loving, strong, traditional, and orthodox in faith. Please pray for Bp. Clark. May he have a long, healthy and enjoyable retirement. May the very quick acceptance of his resignation not cause him any hurt or shame.

It’s time to move Forward in Hope. It’s time to Keep the Spirit Alive. Hope and change. Yes we can.

Happy Birthday to His Excellency, soon-to-be-retired Bishop Matthew H. Clark of Rochester!

July 15th, 2012, Promulgated by Gen

“Come, come, ye sons of art! Come, come away! Tune all your voices and instruments play, to celebrate, to celebrate this triumphant day!”


Interesting Exhibit at Sacred Heart Cathedral

July 13th, 2012, Promulgated by Gen

If you have the time and ability to stop by the Cathedral any time soon, please do so! There is a very interesting exhibit chronicling the tenure of Bishop Clark, with some exceptional highlights, including:

  • a “bishop’s yarmulke” with the Red Wings’ logo on it (Catholics call it a “zucchetto“)
  • a photograph from Bishop Clark’s first Mass . . . which was celebrated in the Extraordinary Form. He’s wearing one of these.
  • a copy of his letter “Fire in the Thornbush,” along with a letter of protest
  • some charming family photos
  • a charming photo next to a smiling Bishop Hubbard
  • a photo of a young seminarian Mr. Clark, smiling pleasantly, wearing a spiffy cassock
I couldn’t help but notice the extreme irony in one of the photos. It was taken after his first Mass (presumably), with him in a beautiful traditional “fiddleback” Roman-style chasuble, standing on the steps of a high altar with his entire family. Standing next to the handsome young priest is a young, pretty nun in full habit. The altar, as far as one can tell, is adorned beautifully with candles, relics, flowers, etc. Looking at this, one is baffled as to how this zealous priest turned into a champion of heterodoxy, chasing away countless numbers of faithful, and endangering the spiritual well-being of myriads of Catholics. Above this scene, on the walls of the sanctuary, are painted the following words:
“O vos omnes qui transitis per viam, attendite et videte si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.”
Translated, it means, “O, all you who come this way, look and see if there is any pain like unto mine.”
Pray for the Bishop. Pray for Rochester. Pray for the next Bishop.

17 More Months of Winter

February 4th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

About a month ago there was growing speculation that Bishop Matthew Clark was going to step down early as shepherd of the Diocese of Rochester and be replaced potentially by Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry. Quick to throw water on the fires of hope, the bishop sat down for an interview with the local Fox/CBS affiliate. During the interview, Bishop Clark reveals that he plans to serve out the rest of his term until he must submit his resignation in July of 2012. Below is part of the interview. You can read the entire piece and watch the corresponding video by clicking here.

“In just a year and a half the man who has led the Rochester Catholic Diocese for more than 30 years will step down. But that hasn’t stopped many from wondering if retirement will happen sooner for Bishop Matthew Clark. We took the question directly to the Bishop in an exclusive interview.

Bishop Matthew tells News 8 he has thought about retirement but has no plans to retire early. That won’t happen until July of 2012 when he turns 75, which is the mandatory retirement age for Catholic Bishops. At that time he’ll send a resignation letter to Pope Benedict.

Clark, has grown used to questions about his retirement. Whether it’s from people curious about his age or critical of his decision making. “People who sometimes travel from our Diocese to other places when they identify the people say oh, who’s your Bishop? And they’ll say Bishop Clark. They tell me on the one hand they say oh poor you, or aren’t you lucky. So it depends on where the seed falls.”

In the time he has remaining, Clark wants to tie up loose ends and make final decisions on closing and consolidating schools and parishes [So he’s foreshadowing that more parishes will close. As I’ve said before, I expect St. Anne church to be in his cross-hairs. The assault on orthodoxy and places/people who have been  identified with orthodoxy and tradition during his tenure will continue through 2012].  He says the diocese’ financial house is actually in pretty good shape. He wants the next Bishop to have a fresh start.

As far as retirement, he hasn’t made specific plans. He will no longer be the Bishop of Rochester, but he will still be a Priest and a Bishop and he would like to live in Rochester and continue to be active in ministry.”

There you have it folks. There is going to be at least 17 more months of winter here in Rochester. This fits in better with the Bishop Clark that I know. To think he would surrender power a second sooner than he will be forced to does not fit his personality.  If the bishop stays on through 2012, then he will have to meet with Pope Benedict as part of the upcoming ad limina visits around the end of this year. That is sure to be a fun experience given their history. I am a little concerned about the part where the bishop says he would like to continue his ministry in Rochester after retirement. The last thing our next bishop needs is his predecessor staring over his shoulder and having his progressive followers whine and complain to him in an attempt to undermine the authority of the ordinary. If Bishop Clark remains in Rochester, I wouldn’t expect it to last longer than a year or so until Bishop Hubbard retires, and the pair can travel the country on a Forward in Hope book tour promoting their distorted vision for the Church.

On Bishop Clark, Bishop Perry, and Coadjutors

January 10th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Hello faithful readers, as well as well-wishers from Google, American Papist, Ten Reasons, and other Catholic sites on the web. It’s been four days since Perry Watch 2011 officially got underway in and outside of the Diocese of Rochester. There was a lot of hope and excitement when the news was first broken, as it all felt very real and imminent. I think it is worth stepping back for a brief moment, taking a deep breath, and examining where we are right now with regard to this rumor, and how we got here.

We began hearing talk about Bishop Clark taking a sabbatical and retiring early about two weeks ago. Also part of this talk was that Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, was being groomed and preparing to take over the reigns of the diocese. This talk was not anonymous Internet e-mails sent in by someone trying to play a joke on the site, but real conversations that staff members had with real knowledgeable laypeople and priests in the area. We discussed these rumors for a few days, and I decided to include it in our 2010 year in review post to give us a little hope going into the final year and a half of Bishop Clark’s tenure. At this point, I hardly felt like it was a sure thing.

One of our staff members discovered what we believed to be Bishop Perry’s Facebook profile, and attempted to contact him. The response we received, though not admitting that the rumor was true, suggested that it was real and that there was a “process in the works.”

Shortly after this, Thomas Peters received a tip that Bishop Clark was going to retire soon and that an announcement could be made that Bishop Perry would succeed him as soon as this past Friday. This corresponded with what we had heard in the local rumor mill. Obviously, Friday has come and passed with no local news conference. However, a reader of Cleansing Fire astutely pointed out that the Vatican was on holiday, and it was highly unlikely that any announcement would be made on the weekend of the Epiphany.

We soon learned that the contact information we received via the Perry Facebook page was false, since the page was created by Nigerian scam artists trying to extract money by posing as the bishop. This problem has been going on since last May. See the national news story here. I have since contacted the bishop (the real one) and confirmed that the profile was indeed fraudulent. So while this particular piece of supporting evidence is not true, it doesn’t really affect the fact that we had been hearing rumors about Perry becoming our bishop prior to attempting the contact via Facebook, as well as the fact that Thomas Peters received a tip unrelated to our attempted contact.

So where are we now? Well, we’re waiting anxiously to see if an announcement will be made some time this week or in the near future that Bishop Clark will be retiring early or that he has requested a coadjutor bishop. Either option is possible, and so is the possibility that neither will happen. A loyal reader of the blog did find something very interesting as it pertains to Bishop Clark possibly retiring before he is due to submit his resignation in July of 2012 (upon his 75th birthday). The following is an excerpt from a November 2010 article in the Corning Leader, available online here. The second to last sentence is worth a close inspection (emphasis added).

The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester said Friday he’s willing to make “tough decisions” before leaving his post to ensure the next generation of local Catholics is not overly burdened.

Bishop Matthew Clark, who was in Corning on Friday to preside over a Mass for local Catholic school students at St. Mary’s, said he doesn’t want to leave the diocese with problems “because I didn’t make tough decisions.”

Clark, 73, has indicated he may soon retire, although he has not yet set a date. He has served as bishop since 1979.

Read that last part carefully: “he may soon retire, although he has not yet set a date.” It certainly sounds from the article that Bishop Clark may not be serving until July 15, 2012. Also, bishops do not “set a date” for their retirement unless they voluntarily retire before the Holy See makes them. If Bishop Clark were to serve until July 2012, it would be the Holy Father setting the date for Clark’s retirement, not the bishop. So these words are very interesting, and seem to support the rumor that Bishop Clark will be retiring before next summer. The above passage does not indicate one way or the other if Bishop Perry will be our next leader.

However, before we get too excited about the Corning Leader article, a reader contacted the diocese late last week, and was told that the bishop planned on serving out the rest of his tenure. This may or may not be true, since Canon Law requires that these sort of things be kept confidential. Remember that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles adamantly denied rumors about Mahony’s successor when that event was taking place.  However, this does give us some pause.

It’s still very possible that Bishop Clark will step aside early, or that Bishop Perry will somehow be named Bishop Clark’s successor prior to 2012. One possibility which hasn’t been discussed too much is that Bishop Clark may have requested a coadjutor bishop, and that Perry (or someone else) has already been chosen for this role and may begin serving as Clark’s bishop-in-waiting by July of this year.

A coadjutor bishop, for those unfamiliar with the position, is a bishop who has right of succession for a particular diocese. Basically, the bishop provides assistance for the normal diocesan bishop while he becomes acclimated with the diocese. He then assumes leadership of the diocese when the regular bishop retires or in some other way can no longer continue. This process has taken place in at least two United States dioceses within the past few years in Cincinnati and Los Angeles. There is a growing precedent for this form of succession — and it makes sense.

There are a number of clear benefits to Bishop Clark requesting a coadjutor. First, the bishop could have at least some influence over who will be his successor. In the case of Cardinal Roger Mahony, he was allowed to review the list of potential successors prior to one being selected by the Holy Father. If the bishop were to not request a coadjutor, he would be completely at the mercy of the Holy Father to choose and reveal the  candidate in late 2012. Personally, I would prefer the latter so that we get the best possible candidate. However, if Perry is indeed our next bishop, then I’m more than fine with that.

A second benefit is that the transition to our next bishop would go smoother. If Bishop Clark serves out his term with no successor named, then when the Holy Father accepts the bishop’s resignation (and you better believe he’ll do it quickly), an administrator would be appointed to run the diocese until the successor is chosen. This could be very tumultuous, and may not be a good idea for this diocese. It would be far more pastoral and responsible if the bishop were to request a coadjutor who could meet the people of Rochester, get used to things around here, and be prepared to begin his job immediately when the bishop retires. It is my opinion that if Bishop Clark truly cares about the spiritual welfare of his flock, then he should request a coadjutor appointment by this summer so that the transition will go smoothly.

A third benefit to having a coadjutor, at least from the bishop’s view, would be that he could “groom” this bishop until Bishop Clark decides to hang up the miter. The bishop would be able to present his vision for the diocese in hopes that he could convince the coadjutor to embrace at least some parts of it, rather than having a bishop come in without any exposure to Rochester when Clark is gone and implementing his changes immediately.

Then again, there are also some reasons why Bishop Clark may not want a coadjutor. For one, he may not be comfortable with his successor looking over his shoulder. The bishop might fear people will ignore his authority and appeal to the coadjutor on controversial decisions. Second, Bishop Clark may roll the dice that the Pope resigns and that a progressive Pope is appointed all within a year’s time (don’t hold your breath on that one). Third, the Bishop Clark I know is proud and loves his power. I think the only way he’s going to leave Rochester is kicking and screaming, but that’s just my personal opinion.

There is one other item which supports the idea that Bishop Clark will retire before July 2012, and that is the upcoming ad limina visits for the bishops of the United States. If Bishop Clark stays on as bishop of Rochester through the end of this year, then he will be required to visit the Holy Father in Rome, possibly this Fall. For those unaware, Bishop Clark and Pope Benedict (then Cardinal Ratzinger) have had a very interesting relationship over the years, with the Holy Father reproving the bishop on more than one occasion. Some examples include the Charles Curran situation, the bishop’s imprimatur for a book that condoned masturbation, and the entire Corpus Christ/Jim Callan/Mary Ramerman situation, among others. If Bishop Clark meets with the Holy Father this Fall, one can imagine that Clark will hear an earful about problems in the Diocese of Rochester. People have been writing to Rome for years, and the Holy Father has had the power to take serious action for only five years. The bishop has not yet had an ad limina with Pope Benedict, and this could be something he would want to avoid at all costs. It would not be shocking to see Bishop Clark retire before the ad limina visits. From what I hear, the Pope is very firm during the private ad limina visits.

Alright, to summarize a very long and detailed post, we’re still waiting to see if Bishop Clark is going to retire early, if Bishop Perry will be named his successor, and if there will be a coadjutor appointed some time this year, whether it be Perry or someone else. There is evidence to support several different possibilities, so it is still too soon to predict what will happen. I encourage everyone to keep an eye on this blog, watch for rumors at Whispers in the Loggia and Catholic Vote Action, and pray that God’s will be done.

The next few years are going to be very interesting. If the bishop doesn’t retire this year, then he will have to submit his resignation next year upon his birthday as required by the Code of Canon Law. Hope and change.

Bishop Joseph Perry – Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester?

January 6th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

[Update 1/8/11 – With two straight days of no announcements, I think it’s safe to assume this rumor is dead… for now. We’ll let you know if there are any future updates]

Well folks, it looks like we may be “partying like it’s 2012” a solid year and a half early. Supporting earlier reports first broken here at Cleansing Fire, the American Papist blog has reason to believe that Bishop Joseph Perry, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will be named the successor for Bishop Matthew Clark as the chief shepherd of the Diocese of Rochester today. Yes, today… January 6th, 2011. For those unfamiliar with Perry, he is a rock-solid, pro-Tradition, orthodox, pro-Traditional Latin Mass bishop who also has done much work for African-American Catholics (he himself is African-American). This would be the first change in leadership for the Diocese of Rochester in over 30 years.  Bishop Clark was installed in 1979.

As of right now, we don’t have anything official to sink our teeth into, so to any media outlets who follow the blog, it would be best to exercise caution until something official comes out. However, Thomas Peters picking up this story supports what we have been hearing here at the Cleansing Fire rumor mill over the past week.

It is also worth noting that the Diocese of Rochester website was down for much of this evening. It could be possible that they are preparing to update their site to include information about the future bishop of Rochester.

Anyway, here is the full text of the Thomas Peters article:

“While I haven’t been active in the new bishop buzz recently, I did receive a fascinating report tonight that Bishop Joseph Nathaniel Perry, an auxiliary of Chicago, may have been chosen to become the next bishop of Rochester, New York.

The announcement could be made as soon as tomorrow morning.

The diocese of Rochester needs a new bishop. There are blogs dedicated to cataloging the woeful liturgical and doctrinal abuses that take place in that diocese. I know several Catholics who have lived in the diocese who confirm how far it has declined.

The current bishop, Matthew Harvey Clark, has 555 more days to serve. But according to my source, Bishop Clark may be allowed to retire early (described as a “sabbatical”, even though such a thing does not exist for a bishop). [This is part of the rumor we heard as well. We at Cleansing Fire believe that Perry will serve as coadjutor until July of this year, when Bishop Clark will retire a year early]

There is some interesting circumstantial evidence to support Bishop Perry as a reasonable choice for the daunting task of saving the diocese, but I’ll save that for another time.

If what I’m hearing is confirmed by the Holy Spirit, we’ll know soon enough. In the meantime, let’s pray for the poor souls of Rochester, that their day of liberation from heterodoxy may soon be at hand.”

Cleansing Fire will monitor the situation closely and relay news to you as it becomes available. We do wish to caution everyone that this could be false. It is just a rumor as of now. Please stay glued to your computers today for immediate updates throughout the day!

Update 11:00 AM – Still no word on this. Oh what a cruel joke for people to play if this is false! If our priest/deacon readers hear anything one way or the other, send us a e-mail to: . With each passing hour, this is looking less likely to happen today (if at all).