Let't hope the Holy Spirit guides the bishop and the laity in the right direction. All they have to do is pray and let the spirit in to guide them.
He's being very tactful. Remember he has to look at Rodimer for quite a while since he's going to be retired and living about 20 miles away in the diocese.
Rodimer was very reticent when it was time to repudiate the pro-abortion politicians in the diocese and I just hope the new bishop does his job.
By ROBERT HANLEY
Published: June 2, 2004
PATERSON, N.J., June 1 - The Vatican has selected a biblical scholar who grew up in Newark and became a seminary professor and skilled speaker as the new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.
The appointment of Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, 60, as successor to Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, the head of the three-county diocese for 27 years, was formally announced here on Tuesday at the seat of the diocese, St. John the Baptist Cathedral.
Bishop Rodimer, who is 77 and submitted his retirement papers to the Vatican in 2002, said he was delighted that Pope John Paul II has chosen Bishop Serratelli to replace him.
"He's a wonderful priest, he's a scholar, and he's down-to-earth," Bishop Rodimer said. "He loves people, he loves the Lord Jesus, and he loves the Gospel."
After his installation, scheduled for July 6, Bishop Serratelli will preside over a small but diverse northern New Jersey diocese that includes about 388,000 Catholics in 111 parishes. The diocese includes the poverty-stricken cities of Paterson and Passaic in Passaic County, the middle-class and wealthy suburbs in Morris County and the rural and farming communities in Sussex County.
Although his career in the church has focused on scholarship and teaching, Bishop Serratelli has served for the last two years as the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Newark, the highest-ranking post under Archbishop John J. Myers. Earlier, he was an auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese for two years.
During a news conference at the cathedral, he seemed to offer a moderate voice to a recent tempest in New Jersey over church doctrine, including its opposition to abortion. Archbishop Myers, in a pastoral letter about a month ago, said Roman Catholic elected officials who support abortion rights should spare the church "scandal" by not receiving communion at Masses.
Two other New Jersey bishops have personally criticized Gov. James E. McGreevey, a Catholic and former altar boy. One, Bishop John Smith, head of the Trenton diocese, said Mr. McGreevey was "not a devout Catholic'' because he publicly supported abortion rights. The other, Bishop Joseph A. Galante, the new head of the Camden diocese, said in early May that he would not let Mr. McGreevey receive communion at his installation ceremony because the governor had remarried after his divorce without receiving an annulment from the church.
Bishop Serratelli was asked if he favored denying communion to Catholic officeholders who support the right to abortion. He said that a committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was studying that matter and that it would be premature to offer his views. But he added, "I have a sense, and it's only a personal sense, that most bishops are not thinking of making the altar a place of confrontation."
Arthur Serratelli graduated from Seton Hall University in 1965 and was ordained a priest in Rome in 1968. A year later, he received a degree in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1976, he received another degree, this one in Scripture, from the Biblical Institute in Rome. In 1977, he received a doctorate in theology from Gregorian.
He spent 27 years teaching Scripture and biblical languages, including Hebrew and Greek, at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall. He is chairman of a committee in the bishop's conference that is reviewing biblical translations.
For more than a quarter-century he has also served as a weekend assistant and said regular Sunday Mass at the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes, N.J. "He's just an incredibly gifted homilist," said Msgr. Tom McDade, a former pastor at the church.
Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company
Good Luck Coleus,We will pray for him.