Calling Father Reese

On Silencing the Messenger

I had just taken my seat at the Diocese of Brooklyn’s annual World Communications Day lunch when religion journalist David Gibson told me that Rev. Thomas Reese had been pressured into resigning as editor of America magazine. This major news story had been developing for some time.

Vatican pressure to remove Reese from the Jesuit-run weekly began five years ago, according to a source who asked not to be...

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About the Author

Paul Moses, a professor of journalism at Brooklyn College/CUNY, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009).