From the Kansas City Star:
Bishop Finn airs frustration over KC-based National Catholic Reporter
Finn objects to editorial positions taken by the Kansas City-based newspaper.
BY ALAN BAVLEY
The Kansas City Star
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is expressing public frustration with the editorial stances of the National Catholic Reporter, a Kansas City-based independent newspaper that has called for the bishop to resign over his handling of sex scandals in the church. [While it is true that the National Schismatic Reporter has called for Bp. Finn's resignation, the reason why Finn is now calling out the paper of record for heretics and schismatics is because they are the paper of record for heresy and schismatics. They promote heresy. I suppose Finn could care less that Fishwrap wants him to resign.]
In a column posted Friday in the online edition of the official diocesan newspaper, Bishop Robert Finn said the National Catholic Reporter was “undermining” church teaching on contraception and the ordination of women while praising “dissident theologies.” Finn also raised questions about whether the newspaper should call itself “Catholic.” [NO. He didn't raise questions. He cited his predecessor on the matter. The paper should not use the word "Catholic".]
“I have a responsibility as the local bishop to instruct the Faithful about the problematic nature of this media source which bears the name ‘Catholic,’?” Finn wrote.
“Bishop Finn clearly feels [feels? No... he knows.] our voice is not a Catholic voice,” said National Catholic Reporter publisher and former editor Tom Fox. “We are a Catholic publication, [Not according to the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Not according to what they write. We must start calling them the National Schismatic Reporter.] but independent of the church structure. That’s one of the keys to our credibility.” [HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.... Get that? Church "structure". These heretics contrast the "institutional" Church with their more gnostic groovy church.]
Fox said the National Catholic Reporter is a member of the Catholic Press Association, which is sanctioned by U.S. bishops. [And that means precisely NOTHING. Fishwrap obtained that membership years ago from like-thinking... like-feeling liberals. CPA member? Big deal.] The newspaper has won awards for general excellence and investigative reporting. [Awards from liberals. Again... big deal.]
Its investigative reporting has included coverage of allegations of sex abuse by members of the clergy, an issue the newspaper had been addressing since 1985, Fox said. The issue took on a high profile in the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese in recent years, leading to further coverage.