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Vatican forces out editor of America.

FR. TOM REESE, THE editor of the Catholic journal America, has resigned following the Vatican's five-year campaign to force him out. The final straw came when the Vatican threatened to impose a board of censors on the magazine if Reese did not resign.

Reese's editorship coincided with a seven-year period of growth for America, during which it regularly questioned church shibboleths, especially as they related to gay rights, the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and the denial of communion to prochoice Catholic politicians.

While Reese's resignation came after Pope Benedict XVI was installed pope, the campaign to oust him was initiated while the pope was in his former position as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Fr. Richard McBrien said of the resignation, "I can think of no Catholic in the public sphere who is more moderate, more responsible, or more restrained in his judgments and statements than Father Thomas Reese. Indeed, he often bent over backwards, as it were, to avoid even the appearance of opposing official church teachings and policies." As regards the fallout from the resignation, McBrien concluded, "The US Catholic church may lose one of its most credible and effective spokespersons with the capacity to explain and interpret developments in the church to a wider public. And second, others like him may be less inclined to step into the breach."
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Title Annotation:Fr. Tom Reese
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2005
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