Friday, March 1, 2013

Second Bishop Calls National Catholic Reporter into Question

Bishop Michael Sheridan
Following the lead of Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn, who recognized that the National Catholic Reporter isn’t “Catholic,” Colorado Springs’ Bishop Michael Sheridan has publicly criticized the newspaper as well.
In an interview with, Bishop Sheridan described the newspaper as “an embarrassment to the Catholic Church.”
“I believe exactly what [Bishop Finn is] saying,” said Sheridan. “That is a big deal for me…I don’t understand why some of these publications use the word Catholic when in some of their editorial stances they stand absolutely opposed to Church dogma.”
Bishop Sheridan added that Catholic parishes should “absolutely not” make the newspaper available to parishioners in their magazine racks.
Code 216 in the Code of Canon Law specifies that no organization can describe itself as Catholic without the permission of the competent ecclesiastical authority.
“NCR is proud to call itself a Catholic publication,” wrote publisher Thomas Fox on January 27. Fox pointed out that the newspaper is a member of the Catholic Press Association.

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