The Press: For Active Presence

Today the Catholic press exists, above all, to exert an active presence and testimony. Its presence must be active, intelligent and alert in respect to the innumerable problems posited by present-day life.

—Pope John XXIII

The Roman Catholic press in the U.S. has 580 newspapers and magazines, a total weekly circulation of more than 25 million, and a lively intramural issue: Should it stick to strictly Catholic affairs, reporting on rubrics, clerical appointments and church-building, or should it expand its coverage? Last week, from Robert G. Hoyt, editor of the Catholic weekly Reporter of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., writing in the Jesuit-edited weekly...

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