Celebrating Bishop Clark of Rochester

Celebrating Bishop Clark of Rochester

Bishop Matthew Clark of Rochester, New York, is interviewed on the 25th anniversary of coming to the diocese. They ask him about various hot button issues and he manages to skirt the edges. He says he thinks married men will be allowed to be priests in the Latin rite. He then manages to ride the fence on women’s ordination.

But it’s hard for him to see the ordination of women in the church’s future because it hasn’t been part of its tradition or its understanding of scripture. “Were it possible, I’d be pleased to ordain women.”

Nice definitive answer there, Bishop Clark. Let’s just transpose the situation for a hypothetical: “It’s hard for him to see the sanctioning of homosexuality in the Church’s future because it hasn’t been part of its tradition or its understanding of Scripture. ‘Were it possible I’d be pleased to marry homosexuals.’” The scary thing is that my hypothetical doesn’t seem like a far-fetched thing for Clark and some other bishops to say.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli

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