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A word about CWN subscriptions

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 10, 2003

Have you noticed that, around this time each year, fundraising appeals take on a more plaintive tone? It isn't easy lining up donations during the summer, when potential donors-- just like the rest of us-- are on, or looking forward to, their vacations.

But then again, it isn't easy lining up new paying customers for a news service during the summer months, either.

From time to time, someone asks why CWN requires subscribers to pay for the service, when many other Catholic organizations rely on free-will donations. In my view it's a simple matter of economic justice. And that view was strengthened once again when I heard the Gospel at Mass today.

The laborer deserves his keep.

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  • Posted by: Psalms - Jul. 10, 2003 8:47 PM ET USA

    I don't mind paying a subscription fee for this service. If left to "good will offerings" I'm afraid you'd come up way short. We use to ask our parents to pay what they felt they could to send their child to our Catholic School. That lasted until we almost went broke. We began to charge and although there were a lot of gripes, they paid-and the school actually doubled in size. I'll be renewing this subscription when due - and thanks for the service-those of us in the the farm lands need this.

  • Posted by: Phil - Jul. 10, 2003 8:02 PM ET USA

    WF, you're wrong in fact as well as in theory. First, not everyone who reads OTR is a subscriber. This blog, like many other CWN resources, is open to all visitors. Second, when the Gospel message coincides with my own thinking, I don't count it as an ease for guilty feelings (especially when I don't feel guilt anyway). I count it as evidence that my thinking is right.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 10, 2003 4:53 PM ET USA

    Well, we've all pretty much subscribed. What exactly are you asking for? Or were you just having a guilty conscience that's been assuaged by the Gospel?

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