giovedì 19 gennaio 2017

Editor loses job for questioning Pope Francis

Dutch Editor Loses Job for Questioning Francis

Dutch Editor Loses Job for Questioning Francis

What else would you expect from those who promote or agree with Amoris Laetitia?
January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Netherlands’ only independent and traditionally-minded Catholic weekly, Katholiek Nieuwsblad, is changing course after its editor-in-chief was forced out.
The departure of Henk Rijkers, who held the position for the past four years, is arguably a side effect of Pope Francis’ insistence on “pastoral care” as opposed to clean-cut, doctrinal orthodoxy.
A division between Rijker and Huub Vromen, the new president of the paper’s governing council, percolated for more than year, with the publication of Amoris Laetitia in April precipitating the latent crisis. The main bone of contention, however, can be summarized in two words: “Catholic truth.” Rijkers believed 21st century Catholic media should make that the center of its message.
Under Rijkers’ direction, Katholiek Niewsblad (KN) published several articles setting out a critical position on Communion for the divorced and “remarried.” At that point, tension was already running high with Vromen, a former school director who objected to what he saw as overly harsh criticism toward the Pope.
Vromen became more critical of Rijkers’ leadership, leading the 59-year-old father of three adolescent children to realize he could not in good conscience continue as head of the editorial staff. On the day before Christmas, there was a contractual termination of his labor agreement.
Under Dutch law, Rijkers could not be sacked in the absence of an objective cause required to justify firing an employee, because he always fulfilled his professional obligations to the satisfaction of KN’s governing council.
But he had no other option than to negotiate his departure. Rijkers was faulted for upholding “Catholic truth,” he told LifeSiteNews, when the new leadership of KN wanted the paper to look for the “good” in other points of view. Among the reasons advanced by Vromen was Katholiek Nieuwsblad’s loss of subscribers since 2013, suggesting that readers were reacting to the paper’s rigid approach.

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