Controversial Bishop Clark submits retirement letter
Bishop Matthew Clark, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has submitted his resignation to the Vatican Sunday in compliance with Church regulations requiring retirement at age 75. The diocese of Rochester contains the whole of Livingston County.
Clark has presided over the Rochester region for 33 years, a tenure marked by severe controversies throughout. Although the bishop was praised by progressive activists for many of his positions, he attracted the ire of conservative Catholics for his support of the same agendas. While he never actually stated his explicit views on gay rights, Clark hosted several events on the matter and welcomed gay activists to church services over which he presided. An approval that the bishop placed on a sex education book published by a priest was ordered removed by the Vatican.
Clark also supported the ordination of women to the priesthood, a practice that is not allowed by the Catholic Church.
Hochul ahead of Collins in fundraising
Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul’s Congressional campaign already has more money in the bank than Republican challenger Chris Collins. However, Collins has pledged his vast personal wealth to the fight against Hochul. Fundraising for the second quarter of the year left Hochul with $1.23 million in cash against Collins’ $65,370. However, this does not take into account Collin’s own personal bank accounts. Collins has a net worth of around $100 million, a fortune that he earned as a businessman in Erie County.
Patchy fog today with a high of 86. Tonight, partly cloudy skies with a low around 70.