From the Anchoress and a few other sources, I see the Greatest American Bishops post is getting some blogotraction the past several hours. The top ten has now expanded to include a saint originally brushed aside to make way for a modern.
I suspect we all forgot Neumann because he’s a saint. Probably seemed like a different category to our subconscious minds.
Indeed. And probably to a number of conscious minds.
It seems customary to include some bold underdog/minority pick. So I suppose in the present episcopal firmament, Archbishop Chaput is as good as any other not rocked by mismanagement scandals. He’s not getting picketed by the Temple Police. Yet.
The usual bias toward big-city bishops, which might make any top-ten listing more a popularity contest. Or would that be the anti-patristic tradition of careerism: moving the best bishops away from their starter
wives dioceses and into a bigger spotlight.