For those unfamiliar with the Albany Diocese, the diocese was presided over by Bishop Hubbard, a progressive and allegedly homosexual fruit-loop, for nearly forty years. Albany is the capital of New York State and during the reign of “Mother” Hubbard, the present governor, an adulterous, abortion-supporting, gay marriage passing heretic claiming to be Catholic, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn in. In this same cathedral, a Mass was celebrated for the occasion with Hubbard as the celebrant. Not only did he declare the new governor to be the savior for the people of the state, but he also personally gave the “Communion cookie” to Cuomo and his concubine.
The diocese has been a wasteland as far as vocations and attending Mass was hit-or-miss as to whether you’d get a real Catholic Mass or a spirit of ’68 mess. In 2010, it was big news when the diocese ordained five men as priests, the largest number in 28 years! “The drop in vocations goes back 30 years, Walsh said. ‘A lot of people connect it to the sexual abuse scandal but having a vocation shortage was long before that. It’s not a major issue in terms of people not coming forward. It’s almost a motivating factor for these guys, quite the opposite of what a lot of people think.’ In other words, the vocations crisis has existed there as long as Hubbard was the bishop. Quite frankly, Hubbard is the epitome of everything wrong in the Church for the last forty years and his track record is shameful. How this man was left there for so long is incomprehensible. Yet, this is what Pope Francis seems to want to bring back as seen by his recent appointments in Chicago and San Diego, and let’s not forget the people in Chile with their new exemplar of a man set to take over in a few days.
Bishop Celebrates the 1962 Mass at the Cathedral in AlbanyThe Cathedral was filled nearly to the brim as the Bishop of Albany, installed just less than a year ago, celebrated the Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal.
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, installed as Bishop of Albany on April 10th, 2014, celebrated a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on Saturday morning, March 14th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Fr.s Michael Flannery and William Pape of the Diocese of Albany and Fr. Jeffery Larche, MS served at the Mass, as well as 10 altar boys, including 2 MCs. A choir of sixteen singers was led by Brian Gurley, the Director of Music for the Cathedral .
The Mass was particularly special to this Diocese because it was the first Mass in the Extraordinary Form to be celebrated at the Diocese’s Cathedral in nearly 50 years, and it is especially notable because it was celebrated by the Bishop of Albany. Historic, indeed.
As previously mentioned, the Cathedral was nearly full for this event. Attendance estimates range from 350 to nearly 600. I helped to hand out worship aids (with the Propers and Prayers) before Mass, and we extinguished all 300 of them before 15 minutes prior to the event. The Priests and MCs had to scramble before Mass to make sure that enough hosts would be consecrated because of the unexpected large number of people that were pouring into the Cathedral. The parking lot was nearly full with more than a half-hour to spare before the beginning of Mass.
I received a note from a friend of mine in New York state who is well situated to hear all manner of news.
The vocations office in Albany has gone from zero to 120 inquiries from young men of the area.
My first reaction is to say, with Henry, “Let there be sung Non nobis and Te Deum“.
Next, I say, “Yep. This isn’t rocket science.”
Then, I say, “What do you want to bet that none of these men have subscriptions to the National Schismatic Reporter?”
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Let’s be clear. I am not suggesting that there is an immediate connection between saying a Pontifical Mass and a sudden increase in vocations, though I think that the fact of the Mass will be helpful for prompting vocations in the future. I think that, if the numbers are accurate, men are reacting to a new style, a new vision which the new bishop has brought in. Part of that new style and vision now includes willingness to celebrate Holy Mass also in the Extraordinary Form. He is a both/and bishop.