Religion journalist sees New York Times advancing its own doctrine
April 29, 2010
The enthusiasm of the New York Times for criticism of the Catholic Church is understandable, veteran religion journalist Kenneth Woodward writes in Commonweal, because the Times " is not just the nation’s self-appointed newspaper of record. It is, to paraphrase Chesterton, an institution with the soul of a church." The Times, he explains, is like a secularized religious body, promoting its own doctrine. "Again like the Church of Rome, the Times exercises a powerful magisterium or teaching authority through its editorial board."