The Press: Gospel--By Other Means

The title is singularly misleading. The Catholic Digest is not really a "digest" at all: C.D. originates more than 75% of its material (mainly by planting articles in other Roman Catholic magazines). Although it is run by priests, the magazine is not a church property; it is a tax-paying private corporation that grosses $5,000,000 a year. Its contents are preponderantly secular, right down to the ads: in C.D.'s pages, an advertisement offering a $6.95 rosary containing "earth from catacombs of Rome" competes with a suggestion from the Christian Brothers of California to serve their newest wine "well chilled at cocktail hour."...

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