But I check the Vatican's daily Bolletino, most of all to see if my Bishop has
Imagine my shock today!
Cuz this is huge!
Cipolla - BISHOP OF PADUA Italy!!!!!!!
Absolutely nothing on the story over at RETRO-Rantin'-'N-Ravin'!
Cipolla's a married ex-Episcopalian (well, sort of . . . to both). Just shows you how untraditional Pope Francis really is.
And to Italy? Must be because his middle name, as he likes to remind us, is Gennaro. Makes you wonder how he ended up as an Episcopalian in the first place.
So Father Cipolla has written an awesome letter to the people of Padua who must have said in Italian, "Who the hella is-a dis-a dude?"
Here's his letter (it doesn't sound anything like the boring sermons Bitter Bag o' Onions posts on RETRO!):
The Holy Father Francis, as always, unexpectedly, unpredictably, has chosen to send me to you as your bishop. I think he has kept to his inclination to choose "the last and least." I come among you with the awareness of not being up to the episcopal ministry or to a diocese as large and beautiful as Padua. I hope this human feeling of worry, which I imagine you will understand, can be transformed into Christian humility, and into an invocation of support and assistance addressed to God and to each one of you.
Let us listen together to the Gospel and to the poor, and mutually help them with generosity; together let us serve the people living next to us, often broken and weary; let us cooperate honestly with the social and civil institutions and with all men and women who seek the good, friendship, justice and peace. Together: let us walk together!
It will be my responsibility as bishop to be attentive to those who are the weakest and not to forget the last and least, as Jesus teaches us in the Gospel and as Pope Francis witnesses to us. An embrace sincere, affectionate, and full of hope to all pastors and priests and deacons of the diocese: above all I want to live among them because I know well the beauty of the pastoral vocation, but I also know the hardships of everyday life. I hope I can support our seminary, with true fatherly dedication.
Dear sisters and brothers in the priesthood of all the baptized, I promise to be among you as one who encourages, who rises up, who leads to Jesus. And this will be my episcopal motto: "Courage, Arise, He Is Calling You." It is the mercy of Jesus who can perceive the cries of the poor. I see myself as being at your side, as disciples who are tasked to bring the mercy of Jesus to the blind, who sit along the street begging and to carry them, like Bartimaeus, to the liberating encounter with Jesus."
Reminds me of the talk Pope Francis gave to priests, deacons, religious men and women, and seminarians in South America last week.
But just doesn't sound like RETRO's and Cagey-Uh-Know-Nuttin's Cipolla . . .
Oh wait a minute . . .
No cassock from Gammarelli with 87 buttons down the front and a tit-warmer attached.
No facial hair.
No vestments made out of upholstery from the sofa in his Nonna's living room.
No Latin Mass I bet ya.
Padua lucks out!
Hey in honor of the Pope's upcoming trip to Philadelphia, site of the World Family thing, let's do their Archbishop's name - Let's try CHUCKIE!
BANNA-PANNA-FO . . . . oh, never mind.