Thursday, June 10, 2010

“Independent Catholic News?

Not if Cardinal George had his way about it. On several occasions, including a speech at the USCCB meeting this past year, George stated that “insistence on complete independence from the bishop renders a person or institution sectarian, less than fully Catholic.” He would argue the independent online “Chicago Catholic News” should call itself Catholic unless he controls it. (Bishop Dewane of Venice Florida goes so far as to insist every weekly parish bulletin be cleared by the chancery before it is published.)

In the meantime, Robert Hergurth, editor-in-chief of, tries to maintain an indepent source of information, balancing progressive and traditional Catholic newsources for the millions of Catholics who live in the Chicagoland area. The referenced editorial is by Robert McClory, a former Chicago priest and journalism professor from Northwestern Univeristy. Draw your own conclusions about Chicago Catholic News…..

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