In the March 2012 edition of The Catholic Telegraph new editor Steve Trosley makes some bold and at times refreshing statements about “what kind of publication” is The Catholic Telegraph:

   The Catholic Telegraph represents the archdiocesan community to itself and the public by reporting on the lives and activities of the members of that community in the context of the magisterium – the teaching authority of the church.  That authority has been handed down from Jesus Christ through His apostles and their successors, the bishops, who in turn may choose to delegate it to qualified individuals.

This makes our publication and its companion website a teaching arm of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and its leader, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr.

Archbishop Schnurr may and should use all channels of mass media to spread the Gospel but  The Catholic Telegraph represents the official channel for the transmission of those messages, whether they involve the example of our faith shown through the lives and activities of our community or involve a letter or essay from the archbishop or someone he has qualified.

To protect the credibility of The Catholic Telegraph and to remain true to the teaching mission of the church, we must remember that we are not a traditional newspaper and are not guided by the same imperatives.

The publication must be viewed as a whole.  We strive to observe most American journalism conventions such as a commitment to accuracy and accountability, but in every other way, we are dedicated and devoted to an unadulterated, unchallenged and inspiring  presentation of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

That will help explain some of the policies and features we will be deploying in the months ahead as we evolve this publication from the foundation built by former editors and staffers.

What policies and features will the Telegraph be deploying in the coming months?  Will the Telegraph be turning from its old days, such as when letters to the editor contradicting Catholic teaching going completely unchallenged were routinely printed?  Only time will tell.  And what about the statement that the Telegraph represents a teaching arm of the Archdiocese and its Archbishop?  What do OTRITT readers think of this claim?

Later in the column Trosley mentions:

I am painfully  aware that I am a stranger in a town that places a high value on its hometown heroes.

I sort of wonder if Mr. Trosley is alluding to OTRITT’s posting when he was introduced in December 2011.  While my posting was completely neutral as to whether his announced hire was a good thing or a bad thing (Honestly my attitude was and is still to take a wait and see approach.  The guy is just getting started at his new position and I have no reason to think he doesn’t need a fair shot at making things better.) OTRITT readers certainly had critiques for a column he wrote for his previous, secular gig in 2011 on the subject of illegal immigration.

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