Our local diocesan newspaper, The Evangelist, recently refused to print an article I wrote to commemorate the third anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. The editor, who initially encouraged me to expand a letter I had written into a short article, rejected the piece with these remarks:
I appreciate your effort but we’ll have to pass on this. There are too many concerns about some positions, role of church documents etc. Perhaps you’d consider writing again on another topic.
I confess I’m disappointed. I’m well aware that people disagree about this stuff. But, what does “too many concerns about some positions” mean? They seem to think I have misused Church documents, but I don’t know how. I wish he had explained.
One gets the impression that they’re very liberal and open-minded at The Evangelist, so they wouldn’t have rejected it simply because they disagree, right?
I wonder if anybody can explain what’s wrong. Especially, how have I misunderstood the role of Church documents?