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Crux contributor, editor apologize for ‘convert neurosis’ remarks

August 14, 2017

Austen Ivereigh, a contributor to the Crux news site, has apologized for a column in which he suggested that some Catholics who entered the Church as adults suffer from a “convert neurosis” that nourishes their conservative views.

John Allen, the editor of the Crux site, also apologized for running the column, and announced a new editorial policy for Crux barring ad hominem attacks. Allen announced that for Crux contributors:

If the nature of a piece requires that specific individuals be named in a critical light, it must always be for their ideas or policy positions, never for their backgrounds, personalities, private lives, supposed dysfunctions or failures, etc.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Aug. 17, 2017 5:42 AM ET USA

    Matters of the Catholic Faith should not be categorized in the political terms of "liberal" or "conservative." Proper qualification would be "orthodox" or "heterodox" (or "heretical"). From the Apostolic times, every adult who converted to the Faith has been naturally attracted to Catholic orthodoxy. And there is nothing wrong with it.

  • Posted by: cincinnatus - Aug. 14, 2017 9:41 PM ET USA

    Catholic Culture and Catholic World News would do well to examine its own conscience as regards its treatment of persons it disagrees with, starting with the Pope, and in its choice of articles from other publications it chooses to include in its news roundup. Orthodoxy, and lower-case tradition have a beauty of their own which is not enhanced by cranky and curmudgeonly "defenses" or re-publication of supermarket-tabloid-type exposés that are the shame of some Carholic polemicists, low and high.