I’ve heard a rumor that Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Illinois, the former president of the US bishops conference who last spring assured us that the Scandal is “history,” is being considered for the office of Archbishop of Atlanta. Another nugget of wisdom from Bishop Gregory last spring was that the bishops’ “progress has been nothing short of a miracle.” Yes, there has been so much miraculous progress. Notice how many bishops who sheltered, shuffled, and enabled molesters of our boys and girls have suffered the consequences through the loss of their offices and standing in the Church? Yeah, I can count them on less than half the fingers of one hand. I don’t call that progress,and neither do I call the denial and buck-passing we going on progress either.
Now, the Atlanta rumor has apparently been floating around for a while. So what’s happening? One reading is that while this is being pushed from the US (say, by a high-ranking pal of Gregory’s on the East Coast) the Vatican is balking. That would be the best-case scenario. The not-so-good case is that this will happen and it will prove that the Barque of St. Peter has no one at the helm.
Atlanta is one of the fastest growing dioceses in the US with a generally orthodox bent to it. It would be a shame to see that ruined.