Hi! I’m new to the Forums, but I’ve been coming to the site quite often. I’m a Catholic in the Diocese of Erie,PA. and I’m looking for advice. Here’s the situation:
A new diocesan magazine called “Faith” just debuted last month. I e-mailed the Editor/Senior writer because I noticed some content that was disturbing. Here’s the transcript of what I e-mailed and the response:
My e-mail: “I was rather disturbed by some of the content in the first issue. On page 9, there is the “Theology Profile” of Edward Schillebeeckx. He is a theologian who was officially censured by the Vatican, and is prohibited from presenting himself as a Catholic theologian. He has rejected many Catholic moral teachings, including those on contraception, and promotes heretical ideas such as women’s ordination. On page 26 there is a favorable article on Sr. Christine Vladimiroff, who is closely aligned with the heretical organization Call To Action. Having such material as this is not indicative of an authentically Catholic magazine. I strongly suggest that your staff thoroughly research future content to be sure it is faithful to Church teachings, the Pope and the Magisterium.”
The response: "Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments and impressions about Faith Magazine. I am a writer, editor and life-long Catholic, but will not for a minute pretend to be a theologian. That is why we have invited people like Matt Clark, assistant director of the Office of Worship and a scholar with a background in the sacraments, to prepare various columns. Matt assures me that although Mr. Schillbeeckx may have been censured at one point, he is regarded as an important voice in the Catholic Church amd his work was deeply integrated into the documents of the Second Vatican Council. It is his work discussing Jesus as the primordial sacrament, accepted by the Vatican, that is quoted in the first issue of Faith Magazine.
In addition, while not everyone who reads the magazine will agree with the personal approach each peraon has to his or her faith, we do stand behind the internationally recognized reputation of Sr. Christine. Her election as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, representing 95% of women religious in the United States, makes her newsworthy in our opinion.
We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from readers, but we are as sincerely pleased to hear from people who disagree with our approach. I have forwarded a copy of your e-mail to Bishop Trautman, who is eager to know how the magazine is being received throughout the diocese.
Thank you, again, very much for your input."
So, what do you I think I should do? I almost feel like I’m being brushed off as some ‘orthodxox’ complainer. I appreciate your help! Thank you and God bless!