Catholic World Report's new editor introduces himself, and the new online CWR | by Carl E. Olson
The writer of Ecclesiastes was a man who had clearly spent time contemplating the transitory yet steady nature of time and existence. “What has been is what will be,” he wrote, “and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9). In the parlance of our time, the more things change the more they remain the same.
Yet change is real, even if real change is sometimes hard to define and quantify. Twenty years ago, Catholic World Report was founded in order to both report about the Catholic world and to articulate an orthodox, Catholic perspective within the world. Much has changed since then, especially in the realms of communication and technology. As a result (and to make a long story short) CWR is no longer a print magazine. There is, for all things—including magazines—“a time to be born and a time to die” (Eccl. 3:2).
However, I’m happy to say, in keeping with my use of Ecclesiastes—a book that all scholars agree contains no direct reference to CWR or the information age—CWR has not died, or disappeared, or even taken an open-ended sabbatical. It is alive, right here and right in front of you. The news, analysis, and commentary of CWR is now entirely online. Not only that, its content is free to all readers, including those who question my use of Ecclesiastes in introducing what is somewhat new under the sun!
I say “somewhat” because while the medium has changed, the focus and purpose and goals have not. To borrow from Father David Meconi, S.J., who has just announced that Homiletic & Pastoral Review is also completely and solely online, the “what” and the “why” of CWR are the same; it is the “how” that has changed.
CWR also has a new editor. ...
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