Nine minutes ago, on The Wall Street Journal, Ian Lovett published an article about how badly the ongoing global sex abuse scandal has damaged Roman Catholicism.
That brand had been one of the most powerful and enduring.
That was then.
Now, as with the Roger Ailes scandal at Fox, some of those whose resume is associated with the Roman Catholic Church wonder how much that will handicap a search for a job. Holders of the JD or those teaching at those universities are among them.
When the allegations about Ailes first were emerging, a former producer at Fox asked me if he should leave that experience off his resume. His stay there had been short and he had done other consulting assignments during it to account for that time period.
He decided to remove Fox from his credentials. He received two good job offers, one in D.C. and one in Manhattan.
Of course, no one knows if leaving it on a resume would have limited his career track.
In its prime, Roman Catholicism had been a builder.
To socialize the immigrants coming from Europe in the early 20th century, it established grade schools, private high schools, and colleges/universities.
Those institutions insulated the Irish, Italians, and Poles from the bias of White Anglo Saxon Americans (WASPs).
The odds are that they will lose both funding and emotional support. After the Boston Globe first broke the story of clergy sexual abuse in 2002, parish schools began to close down. Likely there will be lots more of that, at every level of higher education.
At risk is the marketability of those who graduated from those institutions or who worked at them.
Even before the latest wave of scandals - that is, the Pennsylvania one - as a communications pro I recommended Roman Catholic institutions rebrand themselves as faith-based. Doing that actually could be a public service to the degree-holders and employees, past and present.
Full disclosure: I had graduated from a Roman Catholic grade school and college. Since I later acquired other degrees from secular institutions all that could be easily "buried" - which had been smart to do.
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