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The Catholic World Report

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The Catholic World Report
EditorCarl E. Olson
CategoriesCatholic Church
Total circulation
FounderJoseph Fessio
First issue1991 (1991)
Final issueDecember 2011 (2011-12) (print)
CompanyIgnatius Press

The Catholic World Report is an international news magazine published by Ignatius Press that covers issues related to the Catholic Church. It was founded by Joseph Fessio in 1991 as a print monthly.[2] Its circulation was approximately 20,000 in 1995.[2] From December 2011 it ceased print publication and transitioned to an online-only format.[3] Its editors have included Robert Moynihan (1991–1993),[3] Philip Lawler (1993–2005),[4] Domenico Bettinelli,[5] George Neumayr,[6] and Carl E. Olson (2012–present).[7][8]

CWR is often characterised as a conservative publication.[9][10][7] Andrew Brown, a religion correspondent for The Independent, described it in 1993 as "a right-wing Catholic news magazine with an excellent record for accuracy".[11] It has been a vocal critic of clerical sex abuse and associated corruption in the Catholic Church since the early 1990s.[12][13][4] It campaigned against the liturgical use of the New American Bible Revised Edition, a modern translation which uses gender-neutral language.[2][14]


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  2. ^ a b c Weaver, Mary Jo; Appleby, R. Scott (1995). Being Right: Conservative Catholics in America. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-20999-3.
  3. ^ a b Moynihan, Robert (January 1, 2012). "A Tale of Three Magazines". Inside The Vatican. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Olson, Carl E. (August 6, 2018). ""We have nothing to fear from the truth": 25 years of covering clergy sex abuse". Catholic World Report. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "New Editor Named for Leading Catholic News Magazine". Catholic News Agency. September 1, 2005. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  6. ^ "Catholic Priests And Celibacy". NPR.org. May 11, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Pope Francis' approval among Americans slips ahead of U.S. visit". USA Today. Associated Press.
  8. ^ "Meet CWR's new editor: Carl E. Olson". Catholic World Report. January 2, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Lewin, Tamar (March 5, 2003). "Catholics Adopt More Liberal Attitudes During Their Years in College, a Survey Finds". The New York Times. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Mattingly, Terry (October 29, 2019). "Were they Pachamama statues? Some journalists declined to quote Pope Francis on that point". GetReligion. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  11. ^ Brown, Andrew (August 3, 1993). "Catholics braced for moral crackdown: The Pope is expected to take hard line over church doctrine". The Independent. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  12. ^ Jurkowitz, Mark (April 25, 2002). "At cross-purposes?". Boston Globe. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  13. ^ Rose, Michael S. (2002). Goodbye, Good Men. p. 24.
  14. ^ Rivera, John (May 20, 1997). "The word is made fresh. The Bible: Roman Catholics debate the use of "inclusive language" in new translation of a 2,000-year-old text". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 11, 2020.