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America is a national weekly magazine published by the Americanmarker Jesuits that contains news and opinion about the Roman Catholic Church and how its positions relate to American politics and cultural life.

The publication was founded by 1909 in New Yorkmarker, and the Jesuits still maintain and publish the magazine. It has a circulation of 45,000 readers. It describes itself as: "America, the weekly Catholic magazine of news, opinion, book reviews and articles for the thinking Catholic and those who want to know what the Catholic people are thinking." The magazine provides editorials and news on the church, moral and social issues, along with book and movie reviews. The former editor of the magazine, Rev. Thomas J. Reese, called America the "CatholicPBS" .

Because of its Jesuit origins, America is usually seen to present a liberal view on Catholicism, which has led to conflict with the Catholic Church. America has carried a number of articles and opinion pieces taking positions contrary to Catholic Church teaching on matters such as homosexuality, priestly celibacy, AIDS, and the roles of women in the Church. This has caused the magazine to come under increasing scrutiny by the Vatican; former editor Thomas J. Reese was forced to resign in May 2005 on the orders of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Catholic administrative office which monitors and enforces adherence to Catholic dogma. The directive reportedly came in mid-March of that year from Josef Ratzinger—the later Pope Benedict XVI—himself, who was the head of the CDF at the time. The CDF had been monitoring America for at least four years and had at one point threatened to impose a committee of censors to review the magazine's content.

In 2009, it gave support to an invitation for President Barack Obama to speak at Notre Dame Universitymarker, which was controversial given that directives from the USCCB discourage pro-choice politicians and activists from speaking at Catholic universities.

Its current editor is Drew Christiansen, SJ.

References

  1. Sectarian Catholicism


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