Archdiocese's Newspaper Nixes Ad

By Stephanie Saul
October 3, 2003

Catholic New York to Voice of the Faithful: No thanks.

The newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York has refused to publish a paid advertisement for the Catholic lay organization, Voice of the Faithful, according to the organizer of an upcoming conference.

The Voice of the Faithful wanted to publicize their Oct. 25 conference on the church's sexual abuse crisis. According to a conference program, the meeting is an effort to "go forth in a spirit of healing and hope."

"It's not an abortion clinic," said the conference coordinator, Marie Ford Reilly, expressing surprise that the ad would be turned down.

"Obviously it's a blow to us. We very much need to get the word out. This is an opportunity for Catholics who love our church... to work to facilitate healing and strengthening and renewal for our future."

Reilly said the general manager of Catholic New York, Arthur McKenna, told her the $950 ad would not be published and that nothing could be done to change that.

Neither McKenna nor a spokesman for the archdiocese returned calls yesterday.

Catholic New York, one of the largest Catholic publications in the United States, declined last year to publish an ad from SNAP, the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests.

The Voice of the Faithful conference is to be held at Fordham University and features a speech by psychologist and author Eugene Kennedy.


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