Skip to comments.Serratelli named new Paterson (NJ) bishop
Posted on 06/01/2004 1:15:50 PM PDT by sidewalk
PATERSON, N.J. -- The Most Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli, a Newark native with a command of Spanish and a preference for conciliation over confrontation, was named the seventh bishop of Paterson on Tuesday by Pope John Paul II.
The pope accepted the resignation of Bishop Frank J. Rodimer, 76, who had passed the Vatican's mandatory retirement age for bishops more than a year ago. Serratelli, an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Newark, where he served as vicar general, did not announce any sweeping reforms, saying he wants to listen and learn from the diocese's 111 parishes.
But at a news conference at the Cathedral of St. John The Baptist, the 60-year-old Serratelli hinted he would seek to find common ground in contentious issues roiling the church, including politicians who support abortion rights (and parishioners who vote for them), the ongoing fallout from the clergy sex abuse scandal and other points of disagreement. He also said the central tenets of Catholicism are non-negotiable.
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"the 60-year-old Serratelli hinted he would seek to find common ground in contentious issues roiling the church"
Hmmm, like sodomy and abortion. What is the common ground, exactly?
"Serratelli hinted" doesn't mean anything to anyone but the reporter. If Serratelli had said anything concrete, there would have been a direct quote.
From the Diocese of Paterson website:
Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli
Bishop Serratelli was born in Newark, on April 18, 1944 and attended local grammar schools, Seton Hall Prep and Seton Hall University, where he studied philosophy. He studied for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, NJ.
After ordination, he served as a parochial vicar at St. Anthony Parish, Belleville. He then joined the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, where he taught systematic theology from 1970-1972. After that, he returned to studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and the Pontifical Gregorian University. Upon his return to the Archdiocese of Newark, he served as a professor of Sacred Scripture at Immaculate Conception Seminary. In 1997, Fr. Serratelli was named rector of St. Andrew College Seminary. In 1998, Fr. Serratelli became Msgr. Serratelli when His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, elevated him to the position of Prelate of Honor.
He was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark in June of 2000.
In response to a question on whether he would deny communion to politicians who support abortion rights as well as individual Catholics who vote for them, Serratelli said he would wait for the results of a United States bishops' report on the issue before deciding. "
But I have a personal sense that most bishops are not thinking of making the altar a place of confrontation," Serratelli said.