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Secular foundation grants $2.3 million to National Catholic Reporter to provide publicity for women religious

Catholic World News - August 23, 2013

The Conrad Hilton Foundation has awarded a $2.3 million grant to the National Catholic Reporter to establish as “global sisters’ net,” providing “greater voice to countless Catholic sisters around the globe.”

The grant to the National Catholic Reporter-- a newspaper with a long history of dissent from Catholic teaching—comes at a time when women religious in the United States are under Vatican scrutiny. Annette Lomont, the chairman of the board for the Reporter, said: “We’ve been standing with sisters from the beginning, and I consider the grant encouragement to go on telling their stories.”

The Reporter explained that the grant would be used to set up a network of journalists who will write about the work of women religious, and to help the sister develop their own publicity plans.

In January Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri—the diocese in which the newspaper is located—said that the National Catholic Reporter should not identify itself as a “Catholic” publication. Bishop Finn pointed out that in 1968 his predecessor, Bishop Charles Helmsing, had ordered the editors of the Reporter to remove the word “Catholic” from the title of the publication. The editors refused.

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  • Posted by: johnmaria6985 - Aug. 31, 2013 1:08 PM ET USA

    I think the continued disobedience of the National Catholic Reporter is scandalous. That said, I love May I pose a question? Why is it that your site continues to provide links to stories there? I understand that you respect the reporting of John Allen, but perhaps it's time that the respected John Allen leave an organization that encourages dissent. Perhaps his friends in the Catholic media should encourage him to do so.

  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Aug. 23, 2013 9:17 PM ET USA

    $2.3 million will not save from extinction the many orders of "sisters" who are even now dying off since they have become organizations of social workers, indsitinguishable from lay women in their dress, their prayer life and committment and their (lack of) obedience to the Church. As orders of sisters, who offer women a challenge and communal lives of prayer, thrive and build convents, the traditional orders build convalescent homes! "Even now the axe lies at the root of the tree."-John Baptist

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 23, 2013 6:10 PM ET USA

    NCR has from the beginning stood only with the "right kind" of women religious, the ones who militate for change that the Church cannot support.

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