Mainline Sidelined

When my first boss in the church was installed as rector of a large church on Fifth Avenue, a photo of the event appeared the next day in the New York Times. In 1972, no one thought much about this publicity; it was taken for granted that the Episcopal Church was important news.

Last Saturday, the new bishop co-adjutor of the Diocese of New York was installed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. As far as I know, the Times offered no coverage. One local television station referred to the new “bishop co-agitator,” but that was about it. Many commentators have noted the declining media attention paid to the mainline Protestant churches. Here is an example–all the more striking when the Cardinal Archbishop of New York recently received days of front page attention. —J. Douglas Ousley

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2 Responses to “Mainline Sidelined”

  1. oracle says:

    Why is it important that we get press coverage for such things?

    We ordain a Bishop for God, not for the media.

    As for the lack of coverage, it has to do with the ratio of Roman Catholics to Episcopalians. There’s a lot more of them than there are of us. The Bishop’s installation just doesn’t matter to enough people. I’m not sure why your Rector was covered in the Times all those years ago, but newspapers functioned very differently in society back then than they do nowadays.

  2. Dana Cole says:

    I too noticed this, but would expect that when the bishop is installed (he was consecrated Saturday, not installed)that will get media attention. At this point, we have two bishops for the diocese; when we have one new one, that will be news. Time will tell.

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