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BY Father Owen Kearns, LCPublisher
We were pleased to hear from readers when I last asked for
feedback about the Register. At the time, I pointed out that, in our office, we
hear mostly negative feedback. In response, readers took the time to point out
what they like about the Register.
In conversation recently, another observation was made. We
often like to stress that the Register helps “equip active Catholics to engage
the culture.” In other words, we give you the information and “talking points”
you need to speak convincingly about how the Church’s teaching affects current
issues. We also inspire you with stories of effective laypeople to encourage
you to join in the great apostolic project of our time.
But there’s something else to being a subscriber to the
Doesn’t the very act of receiving a Catholic newspaper, week
after week, strengthen a reader’s Catholic identity? A hiker doesn’t receive a
hiking magazine just for the information in it — it also includes the subscriber
in the community of hikers.
It seems that with a Catholic newspaper this simple fact
might take on even greater importance — by strengthening the bond readers have
with the Church, and with other members of the body of Christ.
I would like to ask you a question again: What it is about
the experience of being a Register subscriber that you appreciate? What happens
when it comes in the mailbox? I have heard from families who crowd around the
paper to read “Umbert the Unborn” together, and from readers who read the whole
issue all the way through as soon as it comes.
Let us know your own “Register habits.” This will help us as
we promote this vital resource to more readers.