05/08/2005: And So It Begins...
The SF Chronicle has published this article Editor of moderate Catholic journal ousted: Criticism of church reportedly rankled Vatican leaders by Laurie Goodstein (NY Times).
”The Rev. Thomas Reese, an American Jesuit who is a frequent television commentator on Roman Catholic issues, resigned Friday under orders from the Vatican as editor of the Catholic magazine America because he had published articles critical of church positions, according to several Catholic officials in the United States.
The order was issued by the Vatican's office of doctrinal enforcement -- the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- in mid-March when that office was still headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter. Soon after, Pope John Paul II died and Ratzinger was elected pope, taking the name Benedict XVI.
America magazine, a national weekly based in New York City, is a moderate to liberal journal published by the Jesuits, a religious order known for producing the scholars who run many of the church's universities and schools. The Jesuits prize their independence, but like everyone in the church, even their top official, the Jesuit superior general in Rome, ultimately answers to the pope….”
Courtesy of Andrew Sullivan for this post on the New Pope’s first policy objectives -- Silence Any Dissention -- Close Ranks.
Karen on 05.08.05 @ 07:30 AM CST