New bishop wants to get 'smell of the sheep'

Bishop Randazzo greets a Broken Bay family at his installation Mass on Monday (ACBC)

Newly installed Broken Bay Bishop Anthony Randazzo wants to have “the smell of the sheep”, a phrase his old mentor – Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis – used to encourage in his priests. Source: Daily Telegraph.

Bishop Randazzo said the phrase did not refer the smell of farm animals but rather get to know the “warmth of a community” symbolised by a sheep’s thick wool and rich lanolin oil.

After 16 months without a designated spiritual shepherd following Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli’s appointment as Archbishop of Melbourne, Bishop Randazzo was installed as Bishop of Broken Bay on Monday.

Bishop Randazzo revealed he has no initial plans to shake the Diocese up with changes.

“That is not the starting point,” he said. Instead he wants to “get around as much as I can” to meet people in the diocese and get an understanding of their needs.

To continue the shepherd analogy, Bishop Randazzo said “you cannot care for them if you don’t know them”.

Having spent two stints in Rome, Bishop Randazzo has personally known the last three popes. He was working in the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in the final year of St John Paul II’s pontificate and the first few years of the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI.

“He still is for me one of the most amazing humans that have walked the Earth,” Bishop Randazzo said of St John Paul II.

He described Pope Benedict as “the most intelligent human being I have ever met” and Pope Francis – who used to stay in the same clergy house as him during his visits to Rome while still a cardinal – as having “a humanity about him that is inspirational”.

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New Bishop of Broken Bay Anthony Randazzo installed (Daily Telegraph

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