After a day off…
I feel like I should at least acknowledge the NTY’s long, page one Sunday story about the Archbishop of New York and how he dealt with sex abuse in St. Louis and Milwaukee.
When I picked up the paper, I probably had the same reaction as a lot of folks: Oh boy. I wonder what they got on Dolan.
I read it all the way through and came out thinking: Not much.
I realize that these things are in the eye of the beholder, but I thought the story gave one a good sense of the very difficult situations that Dolan faced. The main anecdote, about an allegation of abuse in St. Louis, left me without any clear sense of what Dolan should have done.
In the end, although Dolan said and did a few debatable things, I thought the story made him look pretty…good.
The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue, not surprisingly, saw the article as a failed “hit,” noting that it was largely ignored by other media.
On the Commonweal blog, veteran journalist Paul Moses concluded “No runs, no hits, no errors.”
In the comments section, former Commonweal boss Peggy Steinfels more or less agreed: “I thought the reporter managed to convey the hard places in which Dolan found himself over the years.”
Dolan did blog about the NYT on Sunday, but didn’t mention that day’s article by Serge Kovaleski.
The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests — SNAP — usually responds to major media reports about abuse. SNAP was featured prominently in Sunday’s article, but I don’t see any statement from the group on their website.