The Press: Catholic Press Lord

"I'd rather be the editor of the Register than Cardinal Archbishop of New York," says Monsignor Matthew John Wilfred Smith, 63, of Denver, Colo. Monsignor Smith is not settling for too little. As editor and boss of the Catholic Register, he is not only the No. 1 press lord of Catholicism, but he runs the biggest and most successful chain of religious newspapers in the world. His national edition and 35 diocesan editions—all of them brightly edited, eight-column weeklies—have a combined circulation of 794,566.

Editor Smith's definition of religious news is broad. It embraces...

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