I was there and I do not recall him snickering. Maybe I missed it, though.
Just to clarify so that no one misinterprets, though, you were not implying that he was snickering at the idea of obedience but rather at the “successors” part since he already knew he was leaving, right?
Anyway, I’m sad to see him go. He was a good bishop, an excellent homilist, and great for vocations. He ordained 5 last week and there will be six ordained next year. And in addition, he did announce at that mass that 12 more candidates would be entering seminary this coming year for a total of 47 (actually, I’ve since heard that it will be more since some weren’t finally accepted until after that mass). All the seminarians I’ve met (all solid, orthodox Catholic men) absolutely love him.
Changing tacks slightly, does anyone have any speculation on who might replace him?