Ousting of editor viewed as ominous

Thomas Reese leaves Jesuits' America magazine
Was Thomas Reese, the respected priest-editor of a Jesuit magazine who was often seen on TV during April’s papal transition, the latest casualty in a simmering battle between the Vatican and the U.S. Catholic Church?

According to most accounts, Reese was ousted as editor of America magazine on May 6 because some U.S. bishops and Vatican officials had grown impatient with his policy of allowing open debate on controversial topics in the New York–based publication.

Those who were already worried about heavy-handed leadership by the Vatican say firing Reese, or pressuring him to resign, sends an ominous signal that the American church is headed for a trip to the principal’s office.

 

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