Introducing the New Editor of "Catholic World Report" | August 3, 2006 | IgnatiusInsight.com
Introducing the New Editor of Catholic World Report | August 3, 2006 | IgnatiusInsight.com
The mission of the Catholic journalist is one that is unique, says the new
editor of Catholic World Report (CWR). Done right, George Neumayr explains, Catholic journalism brings a much-needed
focus on God's truths by reporting the news accurately and in proper context.
Neumayr, who was recently appointed editor of Catholic World Report,
told IgnatiusInsight.com that he sees his role at Catholic World Report as bringing the wisdom of the
Church to bear on the news of the world at a time of intense civilizational
crisis. The August/September 2006 issue of Catholic World Report will be the first issue edited by Neumayr.
Neumayr most recently served as
managing editor and executive editor of the American Spectator in Washington, D.C. He is a media fellow at
Stanford's Hoover Institution, a member of the California Political
Review's editorial board,and a 2004 recipient of the "Spotlight
Award" from the Center for Military Readiness in Washington, D.C.
His columns have been featured on the Rush Limbaugh show, Beliefnet.com,
Human Events Online, and numerous magazines and newspapers. He has appeared
often on national television and talk radio programs discussing political,
cultural, and religious issues.
A native of Southern California,
Neumayr holds a degree in philosophy from the University of San Francisco,
graduating magna cum laude in 1994. He served as the first editor of the San Francisco Faith newspaper, and then as an editorial writer and Op-Ed
editor at Investor's Business Daily in Los Angeles. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
IgnatiusInsight.com: How does your background suit you for the role of CWR editor? What do you bring
to the job that is unique?
Neumayr: I come from a Catholic academic background. My mom's father, J.M. Cameron,was a Catholic
philosophy professor fromGreat Britainof the progressive stripe who
wrote for The National Catholic Reporter,
Commonweal, the Tablet, and the New York Review of Books, among other liberal publications; my father, John
Neumayr, is one of the founders of Thomas Aquinas College and continues to
teach philosophy and theology there. So wide-ranging Catholic controversy --
intellectual, cultural, and political -- is a subject with which I am very
familiar. The issues CWR covers are issues I've heard debated since childhood.
also exposed to Catholic issues, both national and international, in college: I
went through the St. Ignatius Institute at USF before its dismantling, majored
in philosophy, spent my junior year at Blackfriars College at Oxford, and wrote
for the student newspaper at a time of intense political correctness and
journalistic experience has deepened my interest in the civilizational crisis that
CWR covers. I've written about conflicts across the world and within the
Church. Perhaps what I bring to the job that is unique is experience in
sectarian and nonsectarian journalistic settings that has trained me to look
more closely at where religion, culture and politics intersect and figure out
ways to introduce at those pointsthe wisdom of the Church into the
IgnatiusInsight.com: What role does Catholic media play in the Church?
Neumayr: Pope Benedict recently told Catholic journalists to report on the world as Jesus Christ sees it, "to
be able to look at the world with his very eyes." The role of the
Catholic media is to present the news, good and bad, honestly, chronicling the
crises that afflict the world and the Church while advancing truths that
provide the only hope of overcoming them. Though obviously in a less
significant way, Catholic journalists, like the writers of the Bible, are in
the business of reporting God's truth. Once they forget that they become
IgnatiusInsight.com: What can a Catholic news magazine offer the reader that is not easily available
Neumayr: It can offer them news of
the world and the Church under a more penetrating light -- a light that not only
uncovers facts but exposes their deepsignificance. The orthodox Catholic
media has a great deal of field to run on because the blinkered secular media
and secularized Catholic media can't see much of it. They are awash in
information but lack the judgment to interpret it meaningfully. Even when they
get around to telling important stories, they often botch them, because the
philosophy underlying their coverage is so false and foolish. A Catholic news
magazine can give the reader facts he won't see in secular media outlets and
put in context those facts he does get from them.
Selected Articles by George Neumayr:
"Stem-Cell Mania Has Liberals Saying Anything", The Diocese Report, July 2001
"God Is My Pilot", The American Spectator, April 2005
"Darwin's Compost", The American Thinker, August 2005
"Cardinal Sin", National Review, April 2006
"Gore, Enviros Hope to Scare Americans Into Statism", Humans Events, May 2006
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