Catholic World Report, HPR to cease print publication
October 11, 2011
Ignatius Press has announced that Catholic World Report and Homiletic & Pastoral Review will cease print publication at the close of the year. Both will maintain an online presence.
Homiletic & Pastoral Review was founded as The Homiletic Monthly & Catechist in 1900; Catholic World Report was founded in 1991. Catholic World News editor Phil Lawler served as the magazine’s editor from 1993 to 2005.
“For several years now, Ignatius Press has been subsidizing these two magazines, and the loss has been in the $200,000-range each year,” said Father Joseph Fessio, publisher of the magazines. “We have continued to subsidize them because we believed--and still believe--they have provided an important service to the Church.”
“However, it doesn't take any prophetic gifts to see what is happening to print magazines. The rapid growth of electronic sources of news and opinion has led to the demise of many magazines, and this is clearly a trend that is going to continue.”