Contrary to popular rumors, the ordination of a bishop does not include a part where they remove the spine. (I doubt it would have worked this time anyway.)
You figure a Mass in which the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments is supposed to ordain the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments is going to be liturgically sound. (Granted, the Prefect didn't make it due to visa problems.)
You figure a Mass in which the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is presider and homilist is going to be doctrinally sound.
I did not realize "sacerdotal" is best pronounced with a soft "c." Thanks, your Eminence, for letting me know before I embarrassed myself. (Reminds me of a long talk I once heard a friar give, the only detail of which I recall is how "Chalcedon" is pronounced.)
The letter from the Pope, read by provincial prior Dominic Izzo, OP, was impressive. (The Latin is on page 5 of this PDF program.) What made it even more impressive is that all that talk about the Pope's "beloved son" was directed toward someone who worked directly for the Pope for several years, and so is probably not just Vaticanese for "you there."
The ordination of a bishop is a leisurely thing, but a dozen bishops can lay hands on a single episcopal ordinand a lot faster than two hundred priests can lay hands on six sacerdotal ordinands (as happened at the only other Ordination Mass I've attended).
Archbishop DiNoia is the first titular bishop of Oregon City. As Cardinal Levada explained, the cathedral was moved from Oregon City to Portland in 1928, and "Oregon City" was added to the list of available titular sees (given to bishops who aren't assigned to active sees) while the Cardinal (for whom the new Archbishop worked for the last four years) was Archbishop of Portland.
The best thing about an Ordination Mass: After the ordination, there's still a Mass. More precisely, the Liturgy of the Eucharist. It's the same as with a marriage or a baptism. Once the temporal particulars are addressed, we move on to the action that unites, not only this moment with the moment of Christ's sacrifice and with eternity -- as all sacraments do -- but also this moment with every other moment the Mass has been and will be offered, from the Last Supper through the Last Day. As important as the particulars may be, the Eucharist remains the source and summit of the Christian life.