Catholic newspaper draws rebuke from bishop
The tension between NCR and Finn likely won’t resolve easily because it’s tied to an ongoing battle over authority in the church, said the Rev. Thomas Reese, senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.
‘‘The vision of the Vatican and the hierarchy is that the Catholic media should support and ... promote the positions taken by the hierarchy,’’ said Reese, who was removed from his position as editor of the Jesuit magazine America in 2005 after it published stories on topics including gay marriage.
‘‘But you know,’’ Reese said, ‘‘many people in the Catholic media think that they should also criticize those positions or be a forum where there can be discussion and argument and dialogue on issues facing the church.’’