Monday, May 09, 2005

Fr. Tom Reese...

Fr. Thomas Reese has resigned as editor-in-chief of America. Most reports suggest that he was pushed by the CDF. See the Washington Post, NYT.

The National Catholic Reporter's take on the reasons for his dismissal:

Over the course of a five-year exchange between the doctrinal congregation and the Jesuits, the Vatican congregation had raised objections to various editorial choices at America under Reese's leadership, including:

  • An essay exploring moral arguments for the approval of condoms in the context of HIV/AIDS;
  • Several critical analyses of the doctrinal congregation's September 2000 document Dominus Iesus, on religious pluralism;
  • An editorial criticizing what America called a lack of due process in the congregation's procedures for the investigation of theologians;
  • An essay about homosexual priests;
  • A guest essay from U.S. Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, challenging suggestions that the church should refuse Communion to Catholic politicians who do not vote as a number of bishops believe they should vote.

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