Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Richard John Neuhaus, foe of 'editorial error.'
On Sunday, I noted First Things editor Richard John Neuhaus's circumlocutory expression of unsurprise at the forced resignation of America editor Thomas Reese:
"It would be fair to say that during the pontificate of John Paul II that America apparently saw itself or at least certainly read as a magazine of what some would describe as the loyal opposition. And, needless to say, there's dispute over the definition of 'loyal' and the definition of 'opposition.'"
Great stuff from a guy who insists that "[i]ntellectual freedom and integrity require that all pertinent evidence and lines of reasoning [i.e., "intelligent design"] be taken into account" in teaching biology. Today's Boston Globe report on the ouster of Reese as editor of the Jesuit magazine America shows just how strongly Neuhaus believes the same principle of intellectual freedom and integrity applies to subjects involving the church:
"A lot of people were unhappy with America, including people in Rome," said the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things, a New York-based journal on religion. He said he knew many Catholics, including bishops, who were unhappy with Reese's stewardship of America, which, he said, "had kind of a carping attitude toward the pontificate of John Paul II."
"Just as you don't expect Planned Parenthood to give a platform to the prolife position, there's no reason why a Catholic journal should provide a platform for positions that are clearly contrary to those of the church, and that was an editorial error that caused Tom a lot of trouble," Neuhaus said.
I'm glad Neuhaus is protecting the religious world from carping! The last thing we'd want is a Catholic journal — any Catholic journal — providing a platform for points of view not already endorsed by the Vatican. We wouldn't want any editorial errors, would we?
("Editorial Ouster Worries Catholic Publications," Michael Paulson, Boston Globe 5.10.05, reg req'd)
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 10 May 2005 at 10:04 PM