Friday quiz- updated
An Episcopalian bishop has been restored to authority in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, despite an earlier suspension for his gross mishandling of sex-abuse complaints. An ecclesiastical tribunal found that the bishop could not be deposed for his misconduct, because it occurred 35 years ago and the statute of limitations had tolled. The decision came down on Wednesday. What do you suppose happened on Thursday?
- The major television networks led their morning news coverage with the story?
- The New York Times launched a 5-part series of front-page reports on sexual abuse in the Episcopal Church?
- SNAP held a press conference demanding that the Diocese of Pennsylvania turn over files on all clerics accused of abuse?
- Time questioned whether the whole mess would forever mar the legacy of the Archbishop of Canterbury?
- Nothing. These are Episcopalians. Sexual abuse by non-Catholics is a non-story.
SNAP has contacted us, arguing that this quiz gives readers the misleading impression that the group has ignored abuse in the Episcopal Church. They have a point.
While technically Uncle Di is right-- there was no press conference of the sort he describes-- it is also true that SNAP has been outspoken in condemning the misbehavior of Bishop Bennison. Without that publicity, it's quite possible that the corruption would never have been exposed. SNAP continues to call upon the Episcopal Church to remove this bishop.
We have our disagreements with SNAP on other issues. On this matter we see eye to eye.
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Posted by: Antigone -
Aug. 24, 2010 8:08 PM ET USA
@polish.pinecone4371 -- Ha - thanks for the chuckle!
Posted by: garedawg -
Aug. 21, 2010 12:04 AM ET USA
There's not much to worry about in the Episcopal church, unless the priest in question specializes in abusing elderly people. That's pretty much the largest group you see in Episcopal churches these days.
Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 -
Aug. 06, 2010 8:18 PM ET USA
What?!? An Episcopal bishop mishandled the sexual misconduct of his own brother, who was an Episcopal priest?!? But I thought that because they were married, Episcopalians and other Protestant ministers didn't abuse! Isn't that what everyone says?? I thought only Catholic priests did that because they're celibate!! Oh, I'm so disillu....never mind.
Posted by: SentimentalGent -
Aug. 06, 2010 6:46 PM ET USA
Is this a trick question?