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