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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

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2 comments:

Philocrites:

May 10, 2005 10:35 PM | Permalink for this comment

I seem to have a carping attitude about the pontificate of Richard John Neuhaus. Don't worry, Father Neuhaus, I'm just jealous:

Between 1989 and 2002, the Institute for Religion and Public Life [which publishes First Things] received $7.8 million from the following right-wing foundations: Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Sarah Scaife Foundation, John M. Olin Foundation, Castle Rock Foundation, and Carthage Foundation.

Are there any politically connected foundations out there that want to set me up in good style with a magazine for pointy-headed religious liberals? Anyone, anyone?

("Funding the War of Ideas," Leon Howell, Christian Century, July 19, 1995; "Institute on Religion and Public Life," Right Web Profiles, June 2004)

Owen R Pool:

April 25, 2006 11:12 PM | Permalink for this comment

Addressed to Rev Richard John Neuhaus.

On "Meet the Press" you stated that everyone is welcome to be a Catholic. What is the answer to a person who is a "Celiac"? My gradndaughter who is now 23 years of age, and a graduate of Northwestern University cannot partake of communion. She attended grade school at St Joan of Arc in Skokie IL. She then attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette Il. She was accepted in Notre Dame. She chose NW. As a celiac, her body does not even tolerate a crum of bread. Cramps and diahrrea will follow. A healthy person as long as she does eat any food derived from wheat, oats or barley. My daughter asked for a rice substitute from the Cardinal of Chicago. Refused. She is a health reject of the church. First Communion she had to set out as her whole class was give the first wafer. When we as a family all went to Mass, we also were the only people in the church who stayed in our seats rather embarass our poor grand child. The end result is that not one person in our family attends mass anymore. We become angry in mass and that is not the way to attend church. Some are now Episcopalians. Some of us never attend as we have real dislike to clergy. The problems in the church as of late have not helped. I have written to clergy such as Father McBrien of NOtre Dame. As before, I do not expect an answer. YOu have none.

Owen R Pool
14404 West Whitewood Dr
Sun City West AZ 85375
otpool@msn.com



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