|Editor||Matt Malone, S.J.|
|Former editors||Drew Christiansen, S.J.|
|Company||America Press Inc. (Society of Jesus)|
|Based in||New York City|
The publication was founded by 1909 in New York, and the Jesuits still maintain and publish the weekly 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 "Catholic PBS".
With its Jesuit affiliation, America presents a liberal-leaning view on Catholicism, which has, on occasion, led to conflict with the Catholic Church hierarchy. Over the years, America has sought to offer its readers Catholic viewpoints representing more than one side of sensitive issues. Consequently, the magazine has sometimes published articles and opinion pieces taking positions contrary to official 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 doctrine. 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, and whose work also appeared in the magazine. 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 receive an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame, which was controversial given that directives from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops discourage pro-choice politicians and activists from being honored at Catholic universities.[clarification needed] Its current editor is Matt Malone, SJ. James Martin is a contributing editor.
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- Goodstein, Laurie (2005-05-07). "Vatican Is Said to Force Jesuit Off Magazine". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
- Newman, Andy (2005-05-15). "Following Editor's Ouster, Some Catholic Theologians in U.S. Expect More Papal Scrutiny". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
- "Profile". The Holy See. 2010-01-07. Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
- USCCB Source?
- America Magazine online (Subscription required for access to full text)