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Surprise Promotion for NY Archbishop: Progress for Abuse Victims?

Catholic and secular media outlets alike blared the news yesterday: in a surprise upset, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is the new head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) — the first time in decades that the group’s sitting vice president, in this case Bishop Gerald Kincanas of Arizona, won’t get the job.

Could this be considered a victory for clergy abuse victim advocates, including the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP)? On the one hand, SNAP never seems to like any bishops, and even issued a statement against Dolan, but the group really had a problem with Kincanas. (Meanwhile, Pope Benedict has called on cardinals from around the world to convene at the Vatican on Nov. 19 to discuss the abuse scandal, so stay tuned for those headlines next week.) Or is this just another form of anti-incumbent sentiment in American politics?


Different articles stress different aspects of the USCCB decision — GetReligion already has a blog post up about the coverage and an open thread for comments — so check out these links for a complete picture:

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Rob the Rev

posted November 17, 2010 at 9:32 am

It appears that BN is now ignoring this significant story. Why is that?
Jim Swilley, Georgia Megachurch Pastor, Comes Out To Congregation After Gay Teen Suicides

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Nicole Neroulias

posted November 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

There are a lot of stories that this blog and Beliefnet don’t get to on a daily basis, Rob the Rev… but thanks for sharing the link.

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posted November 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Of course SNAP does not like any bishop. I had that pegged a long time ago. This is not a victory for SNAP. Archbishop Dolan is liked by many and perhaps this is indeed indicative of a certain anti-incumbent trend in American thinking.
I like Archbishop Dolan.

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Rob the Rev

posted November 18, 2010 at 8:47 am

Nicole Neroulias @ “There are a lot of stories that this blog and Beliefnet don’t get to on a daily basis, Rob the Rev.”
I would think a story about a megachurch Georgia pastor who comes out to his congregation as a gay man and that is carried on the national media like CNN and others is one that Belief Net, which is dedicated to carrying the religious news, would be one that it should carry. Are you saying that the readers of BN would not be interested in such a story? I find that hard to believe.

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Nicole Neroulias

posted November 18, 2010 at 11:01 am

Rob the Rev, I can’t speak for the other bloggers or the Beliefnet editors (other than that they’re short-staffed and extremely busy), but to answer for Belief Beat: My RSS reader collects more than 300 religion headlines a day, so I generally blog about a topic that has generated at least 10 of them. But it only brought up two stories about the Rev. Jim Swilley, plus a mention in the daily RNS roundup.
Having said that, I also take reader requests into consideration. I’ll include the links to the Swilley stories soon, probably in an update on the It Gets Better project.

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