The new bishop (new last year) just lost his father a short time ago. He is a very solid man, but he has a really, really tough diocese to reach, and he has to pick his work very carefully. Liturgy is not a top priority right now, and while it might be for those of us who are living in really BAD situations, we do have to consider that the bishop is responsible for so much, pray for him, and trust him (and I do.)
As for the parishes, if you’re in an area where there are suburbs, you might get a halfway decent parish. If you’re out in the boonies, you are stuck. Too many parishes still are living la vida 70s and the music is still utterly horrendous. Don’t get me wrong, for the last 30 or 40 years and due to no fault of their own, a lot of parishes ‘lost’ their old choirs. organists, etc., and the guitar players who came forth to assist did so from noble motives and in many cases, they have done a wonderful job working with ‘stone knives and bearskins’. A guitar, and guitarist, can make truly sacred music, no question. But --again really not due to fault–because guitars are so prevalent today, far more than a piano, in ‘secular’ music, people who play them for church usually also play them for ‘secular’ events and in a secular style, and that ‘carries over’ to church, and the "Gather’ type ditties which are also written in that never-to-be-sufficiently-regretted lounge lizard style of the 70s and 80s lend themselves to being ‘performed’ instead of ‘offered’, so you add in people who have probably been playing at the same parish for 20 some years, the same music, the same style that was ‘fresh’ when they were young, and who get applauded by people who have grown used to that style and think it’s perfect. . .and you get the kind of parish that is VERY typical of the Albany diocese. I was here in the 80s and 90s, moved away, returned a year ago and it’s as though I never left. And that’s NOT a good thing.