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Disastrous Bishop Hubbard of Albany replaced February 12, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness.

Praise the Lord!  Only three months after turning in his mandatory resignation, the disastrous Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany has been replaced by Msgr. Edward Scharfenberger.   It happened on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  I am certain Our Blessed Mother had much to do with this quick replacement.

Long known as one of the most modernist and sodomite-friendly prelates in the country, Bishop Hubbard, along with his BFF Matthew Clark, formerly of Rochester, have been directly responsible for running the Catholic Church in upstate New York right into the ground.  And they didn’t stop there, but kept right on digging.  The statistics alone tell  a tale of unmitigated disaster.  Hubbard was named bishop in 1977, under Pope Paul VI and the very homosexual-friendly apostolic delegate Jadot.  Since that time, the number of Catholics has decreased by one quarter, even while the overall population increased by 40%.  In addition, between 1965 1991, and today, the below have collapsed as follows:

Number of Parishes: 207; 196; 127. (a 40% decline – there are more parishes than priests)
Diocesan priests: 426; 255; 106 (and 90 retired priests). (a 75% decline)
Elementary schools: 106; 44; 19. (an 84% decline)
High schools: 25; 7; 4. (an 84% decline)
Total number of students attending Catholic schools, K-12: 51,131; 12,261; 4,527. (a 91% decline)
Total number of religious brothers and sisters teaching: 1,595; 91; 8. (a 99.5% decline!!!)

Old Mother Hubbard and his best friend – and, according to many reports, perhaps more than that – Matthew Clark, were two of the most nightmarishly modernist bishops in the history of the Church in this country.  They were two late holdouts of that destructive group of “Bernadin’s Boys,” bishops attached to and mentored by Joseph Cardinal Bernadin, an almost certainly active sodomite whose influence in the USCCB and its predecessor organizations was near total.  At one time, there were dozens of Bernadin Boys in episcopates around the country.  Today, with Hubbard’s departure, there are only a handful left (Mahoney, Sheehan, Kicanis, Lynch, a few others – most all due to retire within 2-3 years).  Perhaps I should take  that back – there are a good number of Mahoney boys around, and Mahoney was a close confidant and student of Bernadin’s, but even they are aging and not being replaced.  I think.

The damage Hubbard and Clark wrought on the Church and faithful of New York can never be overestimated.  Were the Church not a supernatural Body sustained by Grace, She would have floundered and ceased to exist years ago in those Sees.  The tales of Hubbard’s acts of unfaithfulness, severe lack of charity, lockstep leftism, modernist destruction, and general unworthiness could fill several volumes.  In fact, a large portion of Amchurch Comes Out is dedicated to the depridations of Clark and Hubbard.

But to just sum up a few – Hubbard infamously provided pro-abort, fornicating, Mass missing Andrew Cuomo with the Blessed Sacrament from his very hands, he has constantly promoted the idea that women could somehow serve as priestesses one day (including have female “pastoral administrators conducting pseudo-Masses and handing out Communion in many parishes), he was for years a staunch supporter of the radical pro-sodomy groups Dignity and New Ways Ministry, and he was deeply involved in the priest boy rape scandal and cover-up.  And that’s just a highlight of the highlights.

New Bishop Scharfenberger has his work cut out for him (as does Bishop Matano, Clark’s replacement in Rochester).  The faithful there have suffered as much or more than any in the country.  Hubbard and Clark even outshine Mahoney in their destructiveness.  Praying for the new bishops, for the healing of these nearly collapsed dioceses, and for their reconstitution as vibrant, faithful parts of the Body of Christ, would be great works of spiritual mercy.  The people there have dealt with more than enough.

It is amazing as just as that progressive cabal, with all its attendant perversions, is finally aging out of power in this country, one last great push is being made in other parts of the world to enshrine modernism and all its errors as a permanent part of the Church.  That is, the revolution is trying to irrevocably establish itself as the new “church.”  The Holy Spirit will not let this occur, but we can help with our prayers.



1. Brian - February 12, 2014

As a former seminarian from the Diocese of Albany, I have waited for this day for a very long time. Please keep in your prayers a seminarian who will be ordained this spring. He’s a good orthodox man who has had to put up with a lot of garbage. Only the Good Lord could have provided him with the strength to endure in that diocese.

If you’ve ever read “Good bye Good men” you will have an idea of what it’s like to apply as a seminarian in the Albany Diocese. The whole operation is run from the Consultation Center headed by Rev. Thomas Konopka. He and Rev. Chiarmonte (you can see them in their ties on the website) psychologically rape candidates for the seminary with a whole battery of sexual questions – I believed they called it a sexual inventory. I thought it was the norm until I talked with the Archdiocese of New York.

If you “pass” the test and are accepted you move to the St. Isaac Jogues House of Discernment in Green Island, NY. It’s an old rectory attached to one of the many perishing churches. It is here that you spend two years being re-programmed while attending Siena College – a unorthodox Franciscan college. Our chapel (located in the basement) had the tabernacle set in the corner with quasi-choir seating. We couldn’t have kneelers and had to stand (or sit) through the entire Mass. We were required to “give” the “homily” during Mass. It was critiqued right afterwards by all present. It was a chance for the vocations director to “read” the orthodoxy/pastoral sensitivities of his candidates. I will refrain from elaborating on the other vocation director who was removed from his position after threatening a seminarian in a drunken rage. He has since been “reformed” and sent back to his parish. He’s one of Hubbard’s Boys.

It’s only by God’s Grace that some solid men have been ordained in the Diocese of Albany. Unfortunately a handful of them have left to join the Archdiocese for the Military. Make no mistake – nobody (I hope) can be as bad as Bishop Hubbard but he has left a disaster for the incoming Bishop. There are militant pseudo-priest (mostly women) who are spread out in the parishes and offices of the diocese. It’s either going to be business as usual or one heck of a fight.

2. Baseballmom - February 12, 2014

We must pray for all of these new Bishops coming in to these awful Diocese. It will be a long, tough battle, they will need our prayers and sacrifices.

3. Judy Gutierrez - February 12, 2014

Thank you for your blog. I’ve been following it daily. Learning so much along the way from you. I am grateful! I have taken to praying for holy vocations to the priesthood as we are in desperate need. I have a friend whose son is currently in seminary at Mundelein seminar in Chicago- a seminary once under Bernadin. Do you know if there has been sufficient change there, in other words, is he safe? Also, do you know if Abp. Wilton Gregory one of Bernadin boys like Mahoney? Thank you. Keep informing and forming us!

God bless, Judy

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Brian - February 12, 2014


The seminarian I speak of (from Albany) who is a transitional deacon is studying at Mundelein. In my opinion, it’s one of the better seminaries in the country. Of course each seminary has its own subculture – some of it good and some of it bad. The faculty plays a big part in forming future priest but the seminarian himself must guide his own vocation. He must seek the Lord…it can’t be imposed upon him. If one is conservative or liberal (not in a political sense) they will find a niche at any seminary. Hopefully he has a good spiritual director and good friends at the seminary.

tantamergo - February 12, 2014

Take what I said for what you will – an outsider’s perspective. Brian’s opinion may be better if he’s closer to the seminary.

But overall, I would be guarded in considering any non-traditional seminary.

Brian - February 12, 2014


If we are speaking about the difference between a traditional and non-traditional seminary – it’s night and day.

If Judy mentioned Bishop Gregory because the seminarian is from Atlanta than he doesn’t have much of a choice. I don’t know if they send seminarians to Mundelein exclusively but there are a lot of them there.

I too have my issues with Father Barron. I’m sure I would have issues with other faculty members as well. I’m not sure you have to play the semi-modernist game at the seminary as it’s the diocese (albeit with input from the seminary) who calls the seminarian to Holy Orders. The diocese and their delegates (vocation directors/bishop) are the ones you have to play the game with. Imagine what its like in Albany! At any rate I am sure you are easily labeled at the various seminaries (that are non-traditional) especially among your peers.

tantamergo - February 12, 2014

Wilton Gregory….he is certainly of that group. He is a USCCB insider. I don’t know how tight he was with Bernadin – I don’t think as tight as Mahoney or Clark – but he’s problematic.

As is Mundelein. It is much better than it used to be, but it still has a lot of problems. Most diocesan seminaries do. Modernism is still taught, to a degree, though not as openly as before, and Fr. Barron as seminary rector would give me some pretty strong doubts. You can search this blog for problems with Barron.

Overall, outside the explicitly traditional orders, every seminary is going to have some problems. Mundelein is probably OK by US diocesan standards, but it is a far cry from what it should be. You pretty much have to play the “I’m OK you’re OK” semi-modernist progressive game to get ordained out of them.

David - February 14, 2014

About American Seminaries:

1) Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland is held in high regard. Dioceses such as Savannah (Georgia), Lincoln (Nebraska), and Peoria (Illinois) sent quite a few seminarians there. These three dioceses are known for saying “what priest shortage?”

2) St. Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia has a pretty good reputation. In 2006, I was there for several days on a retreat, and in my opinion I would have felt comfortable there had I been a seminarian. Now-bishop Burbidge of Raleigh was rector there for a few years, and Burbridge sends the majority of his seminarians to Philadelphia.

3) Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut has a pretty good reputation. The Fathers of Mercy send there. It is also a seminary where a man can begin pre-theology there without being sponsored by a diocese or a religious order (also, the pre-theology student pays his own way if he is not sponsored). To continue in major seminary there, a man must be sponsored by a diocese or a religious order.

4) I’ve heard good things about Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit after 1995. In 1995, now-Archbishop Vigneron became rector, and from what I have read and heard, Sacred Heart had quite a bit of housecleaning. Dr. Janet Smith is on staff there, as is Dr. Ed Peters.

5) St. Joseph’s Seminary (also known as Dunwoodie) in New York City (it’s in the Bronx) I heard was OK.

6) I don’t know much about St. Meinrad’s in Indiana, but Bishop Slattery is a good bishop and he sends seminarians there. I heard St. Meinrad’s had it’s problems in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but those problems may have disappeared. Quite a few dioceses (Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Indianapolis) send to St. Meinrad’s,

I’ve also heard that Kenrick-Glennon in St. Louis had it’s share of problems in the 1980’s, but those problems may have disappeared there too. Quite a few dioceses send to Kenrick-Glennon as well as St. Meinrad’s.

7) I’ve heard that St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver is pretty good. This Denver seminary is fairly new, having been opened by then-Archbishop Charles Chaput in the late 1990’s. (Please DO NOT confuse Vianney in Denver with the OLD SEMINARY in Denver, which closed sometime in the 1980’s due to the fact that things were so bad there that several dioceses intentionally stopped sending seminarians there).

8) I’ve heard some good reviews about St. Vincent’s College and Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Scott Hahn has been a part-time instructor there.

9) Mundelein is probably OK. It’s got to be better than St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore or St. John’s in Camarillo, California. Many liberal dioceses send seminarians to Baltimore or Camarillo.

I heard St. John Vianney Seminary in Miami was pretty bad. I had a female friend who was a lay student there about ten years ago. she quit taking classes there about due to the liberal teaching and watering down. However, now-bishop Wenski may have lead a purge of this Miami seminary since he became the bishop in Miami.

10) I don’t know much about Immaculate Conception Seminary in New Jersey (it’s close to Seton Hall University), and I don’t know much about Christ the King Seminary in upstate New York.

11) Many “late or delayed vocation” seminarians are sent to Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Boston. From what I have heard it’s not a bad place to go.

12) There’s another “late vocation” seminary in Wisconsin where the average age is 50+, and while I have met a few good priests who went there (i.e. quite a few widowers are alumni – one spent many years as a priest at my mom’s parish in Houston), my impression is that the late vocation seminary in Wisconsin is more of a “fast track” to ordination. I guess if a seminarian has studied much on his own, and worked on his own formation (particularly an older gentlemen), it might work for some candidates, but not for every “later vocation.”

13) A few seminaries I’m glad are now closed:

– Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA
– St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth,Michigan
– Waldhams Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg, NY

4. Michael Aiello - February 12, 2014

As a refugee fro the Diocese of Rochester, I can agree with everything mentioned concerning Bishop Clark. He suppressed the Catholic Physician’s guild when they came out in support of the Magesterial teachings concerning homosexuality and Clark was aligning the diocese with the gay-friendly DIGNITY.

There were a whole slew of things he did to damage the diocese. If anyone is interested, they can go to http://www.cleansingforedor.co for a detailed description of the damage Clark did to the diocese.

At least a strong but small group of laity resisted his efforts.

David - February 14, 2014

You are well informed Michael. I visited this website frequently over the past few months, and I’m glad Matano is there now.

I’m grateful that Pope Francis I acted quickly in finding a replacement for Hubbard, and I was very pleased that Clark’s resignation was just about immediately accepted upon it’s arrival in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI.

The cleansing fire link is: http://cleansingfiredor.com/

tantamergo - February 14, 2014

If you’ll look, you’ll see Cleansing Fire is on my blogroll and has been for years. It’s very New York-specific so I don’t link to it often, but i do read it.

5. Christopher Ekstrom - February 13, 2014

Recently there was an news item I ran across that said Albany, NY had the highest per capita number of atheists in the US. After this post I know why!

6. Steve - February 13, 2014

Any information as to the spiritual condition of our (Dallas Diocese) seminary? Thank you.

tantamergo - February 13, 2014

Much, much better than it used to be. Still a long way to go. Can’t say much more than that. There are still problems, and problem children, if you know what I mean, but most seem to be weeded out.

A $197 million judgment tends to get one’s thinking straight, at least as far as ordaining child abusers.

David - February 14, 2014


I heard that Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas back in the 1980’s was pretty bad – in fact, I even heard it was a “pink palace” in the 1980’s.

My opinion is Holy Trinity Seminary got much better when now-bishop Duca (Shreveport) became rector there in the mid-1990’s. Now-bishop Olson (Fort Worth) did a good job there too as rector. I’ve met both of them over the years. I hope the new rector is pretty good – he arrives this summer.

Something to keep in mind (I say this to alleviate some confusion, and to bring in some terminology)- Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas is a college seminary. The academics of a college seminary involve a seminarian to complete a philosophy degree. After that, the seminarian will go to a major seminary, for Theology. Seminarians that already have a bachelor’s degree are frequently sent to Holy Trinity Seminary for a year or two to academically fulfill their credits in philosophy before going to major seminary.

This year, Holy Trinity Seminary is full, with seminarians coming from at least nine dioceses.

7. TG - February 13, 2014

Does anyone know anthing about the seminary in the Diocese of Austin? I hesitate to support the diocese because I think they are liberal and emphasis too much on social justice. I give to the FSSP seminary hoping one day, we have a FSSP priest in Central Texas.

David - February 14, 2014

TG, several dioceses do not have a seminary within their geographical boundaries. Austin is one of these. In most cases, the bishop decides which seminaries to send his seminarians. I know the Austin Diocese sends college and pre-theologate seminarians primarily to Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas. I recall that the Austin Diocese sent some seminarians to major seminary at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. The Austin Diocese has also used the Josephenium in Columbus, Ohio, (two of my college buddies are now priests in the Austin Diocese, and studied at the Josephenium) but I don’t know if Austin still sends there.

I believe when Bishop Aymond (now Archbishop of New Orleans) was at the helm of the Austin Diocese, some Austin seminarians were sent to Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Aymond was rector there at one time.

I know Bishop Slattery in Tulsa sends seminarians to St. Meinrad’s in Indiana, and I remember when Bishop Bruskewitz was at the helm of the Lincoln Diocese, seminarians were sent to only three places: St. Gregory the Great in Nebraska, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg (please DO NOT confuse Emmitsburg with St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, these are two ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PLACES), and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.

8. TG - February 13, 2014

Just read Matt Abbott’s article that you linked. Wow such filth in the church.. Matt has written a lot of articles on sodomite priests and priests who have been murdered. I guess he’s out in the public too much for anyone to hurt him. I read a comment in your blog (think it was RC) who said how difficult it is to convert anyone to the Catholic faith right now. If you are grounded in your faith like we all are, we understand it’s Christ’s church but to the outside world, it’s looks like a cesspool. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

9. patty - February 15, 2014

Howie Hubbard has been a nightmare! This diocese can only improve. The new Bishop will have his hands full as there is still a lot of garbage to clean up. The image of the Priest in this diocese has to change, as also the image of the sisters. I am hard pressed to encourage a vocation when church doctrine is not followed, the woman in these orders dress and behave inappropriate as with many of the priests. The masculine man is in the minority in this diocese and often punished, lets say the recipient of lateral violence in the workplace! Many prayers are needed for the new Bishop!

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