For nearly forty years, Howard Hubbard has been the Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Albany but a new bishop has now taken control of the diocese.
Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger is the new bishop of Albany. Hubbard is considered one of the most liberal and controversial bishops in the United States along with his lifelong friend, former Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark.
There has been speculation that the new bishop will now join with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City in an attempt to influence Gov. Cuomo who, while Catholic, is a strong supporter of abortion on demand and same sex marriage.
It took only a matter of months for the Catholic Church to name a replacement for Bishop Hubbard unlike the case of Matthew Clark who was replaced only this year. However, Church authorities took all governing power away from Clark shortly after he hit the mandatory age for retirement.