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In the last year, CWR has brought you twice the value of a yearly print subscription—for FREE!
Dear CWR Reader:
When I took on the
responsibilities of editor for Catholic World Report, I wrote that I did
so “with a mixture of trepidation and optimism: trepidation because I
am keenly aware of the standard of excellence that CWR has maintained
for two decades, and optimism because I think CWR has much to offer its
readers in the years to come, and I believe the Internet provides a
means of responding to events and news with a flexibility and immediacy
not always available with print.”
I further noted that the usual
print edition of CWR, which was published from 1991 to 2011, contained
nine or ten feature articles, interviews, and book reviews, along with
editorials, short news pieces, and a column or two. We intended, going
forward with an online-only CWR, to post two or three features a week,
along with regular blog posts and news briefs.
And all for free, available online all day, every day.
I’m happy to say, eleven
months later, that those expectations have been met and exceeded. Since
January 2012, almost 200 feature articles, interviews, reviews, and
essays have been posted on the CWR site. And that number does not
include the hundreds of posts on the CWR blog, many of them
feature-length, written by the CWR staff and several of CWR’s regular
In other words, in terms of content, CWR has been posting two full print editions worth of content every month!
While some readers miss the
print edition, the response these past few months to CWR online has been
overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. And traffic to the CWR site
has increased every month, which indicates that CWR does indeed have
much to offer readers in the months and years to come.
However, CWR needs your help
in order to continue providing high-quality news features, interviews,
and much more. Yes, eliminating the print edition of CWR reduced some
costs. Frankly, it saved CWR. But offering the magazine online for
free—without subscription revenue—also has costs. In order to
compensate contributors, to improve and expand the CWR website, and to
pursue new initiatives to make CWR even more effective, I am asking you
to consider donating to CWR.
I know how tough times are.
And I know that not everyone can support CWR financially. That said, I
strongly believe CWR is worthy of support; I think it provides a
valuable service, presenting Catholic news, analysis, and commentary
from a serious and orthodox Catholic perspective.
Please know that all of us
at CWR value your support—financial, moral, or spiritual support. And
please know that CWR will continue to pursue
excellence in writing and reporting, reviewing and editorializing, all
for the sake of the truth, the Gospel, and the Church of Christ.