Today, the Boston Archdiocese announced that Scot Landry is moving on. Here are excerpts from the article in the Boston Pilot:
Landry to lead Catholic Voices USA
By Pilot Staff
BRAINTREE — The Archdiocese of Boston announced Aug. 29 that Scot Landry, Secretary for Catholic Media and President and CEO of iCatholic Media, will leave his current duties to become Executive Director of Catholic Voices USA, a national apostolate that seeks to prepare lay Catholics to articulate, share and defend the Catholic faith.
Landry, who has been with the archdiocese’s Central Ministries since 2006, will transition to his new position in September. He will continue to assist Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley as a Consultant, write columns for The Pilot, and serve as one of the hosts of The Good Catholic Life radio program.
“Scot Landry has assisted me on many important initiatives over the past seven years,” said Cardinal O’Malley. “His gifts for leadership, organization, training and communication have helped the Archdiocese of Boston greatly. Catholic Voices is an important new initiative and its approach to civil communication on challenging cultural issues will be helpful locally and nationally under Scot’s leadership…”
Bishop Robert P. Deeley, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Boston, said, “I am grateful to Scot for the wonderful leadership he has offered as a member of Cardinal Seán’s Cabinet these past seven years, first as Secretary for Institutional Advancement and then as Secretary for Catholic Media…I hope his new endeavors, which will build on his abilities in media and evangelization, will bring him much happiness,” he added.
Landry joined the archdiocese in 2006 as Secretary for Institutional Advancement. In that role, he oversaw an increase of financial support to the Central Ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston through the Catholic Appeal each year, implemented new training programs on stewardship and fundraising for parish leaders and was instrumental in the Improved Financial Relationship Model (IFRM).
In 2008, as part of a reorganization of the archdiocese’s Central Ministries, Landry became responsible for overseeing the archdiocese’s media organizations — The Pilot, CatholicTV, and archdiocesan websites and new media.
Given the rapid growth in media and because of his commitment to the New Evangelization, Cardinal O’Malley moved to establish a new Secretariat for Catholic Media in July 2010 and named Landry its first Cabinet Secretary. Among his accomplishments in that role, Landry established Pilot Bulletins and Pilot Printing, he helped bring a Catholic Radio station WQOM to the archdiocese, he launched and hosted a live local daily program on Catholic radio called “The Good Catholic Life,” he led Archdiocesan efforts to utilize Social Media for communication and evangelization, he led the revision of the Pilot Catholic Directory of the Archdiocese of Boston, and he worked with leaders of The Pilot newspaper and CatholicTV to strengthen those critical ministries.
Landry was part of the team that managed and led many important Archdiocesan initiatives during his tenure, such as Catholics Come Home, The Light is on for You, the educational campaign to prevent assisted suicide in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the organization of 3,000 Boston-area participants at the 2008 Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium, and coverage of the 2013 Papal Conclave from Rome.
Cardinal O’Malley will begin a process, working with Sister Marian Batho, chair of the iCatholic Media Board of Trustees, to determine roles and responsibilities related to the leadership of the iCatholic Media Corporation. As President of the CatholicTV Network, Father Robert Reed will continue to run CatholicTV operations. As President of the Pilot Media Group, Antonio Enrique will continue to guide the ministries of The Pilot Newspaper, Pilot Catholic Directory, Pilot Bulletins, Pilot Printing and Pilot New Media.
This has been in the works for a little while now. Rumors have been active for a while that he was unhappy, and BCI first heard about the prospect of Scot moving on several months ago.
As would be expected, Landry has his fans and critics. The Pilot article cites the accolades. In addition, he often served in a helpful capacity along with Janet Benestad (Secretary for Faith Formation) to balance the non-orthodox liberal-Democrat-leaning coalition of Terry Donilon, Bryan Hehir, and Rasky Baerlein (as well as Jack Connors and former Chancellor Jim McDonough). BCI will offer several brief comments:
- Scot, earning $250K a year, was one of the people in the category of “excessive six-figure salaries” we have been complaining about for years. Still, he was paid less than the poster child for excess compensation, Mary Grassa O’Neill paid $340K/year until she left two weeks ago, and her Milton friend, General Counsel Beirne Lovely, paid $300K/year.
- BCI wonders about whether establishment of Pilot Bulletins and Pilot Printing is really a positive for the Boston Archdiocese. We have heard for some time that these operations are not profitable and are subsidized by the Pilot newspaper and Catholic TV
- BCI also wonders about Catholic Voices USA and their effectiveness for two reasons. First, Cardinal O’Malley referred to their “approach to civil communication on challenging cultural issues.” What “civil communication” usually translates to is the classic, “big tent” with watered down, non-confrontational messaging to make everyone feel comfortable sitting around the table. Second, Kathryn Jean Lopez is the current Director. A number of our readers are familiar with her time at the National Review, and we will ask them to comment.
We will let our readers weigh in with their comments.