EPMS asked the following in the comments section to a recent post where I remarked on some of the offerings in the latest edition of The Portal, the Magazine of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. You can find a link to The Portal on the right hand side of this blog. Click on the picture of The Portal and you will be taken to the site.bv
He (I’m assuming EPMS is a he) writes:
Two thoughts: how can the OOLW, which is apparently much smaller than the OCSP and certainly has fewer resources, put out a monthly magazine when the OCSP could not even continue to maintain a quarterly? and, if The Portal is read by 25,000 people a month, as an interview in this issue states, how can the OCSP justify not having any kind of similar publication? The website is no substitute, as it is very sparse. The parish list is much improved, although the service times are mostly wrong. But essentially print and on-line publicity has been left in the hands of parishes and unofficial bloggers, and not all of the latter are well-wishers. Strange.
I suppose at some point I could write or phone the chancery in Houston to ask why or why not.
But I imagine some of it has to do with no one coming forward and volunteering to do it, or the chancery thinking they have more important things to do.
I was a little surprised at how cheeky and opinionated The Portal is given, as I understand it, it is an official organ of the OOLW. I would imagine that some of the articles may not always make the Ordinary Keith Newton completely comfortable!
What I have seen come out of Houston tends to be more clearly public relations efforts—quite slick, with high quality photos, professional-looking with a uniform message.
That takes time and money to do.
Meanwhile . . .What can we do as a grassroots effort in the meantime?
I am hoping I can add other bloggers here to help beef up the news content here on Ordinariate communities. I do not, however, want this blog to be a place where naysayers and those seeking to discourage or disparage some of our fragile communities tear down efforts or make nasty claims about individual personalities. So I recognize I am playing to some extent a public relations role, though unofficial and unsanctioned by the Houston chancery, in doing this blog. I do want to encourage debate, discussion and the building of community among our widely flung Ordinariate communities and those who are not Catholic but are also interested in Anglican/English Catholic patrimony.
Interestingly, the UK has had a tradition of outspoken blogger priests such as Fr. Hunwicke who is now an Ordinariate priest and Fr. Ed Tomlinson, among others who are not Ordinariate but share many of the same concerns such as Fr. Tim Finigan and Fr. Ray Blake.
I write as a journalist primarily for newspapers that are owned by various Catholic dioceses in Canada. While the bishop in the diocese has the ultimate say, the way things run on a day to day basis is that the bishop keeps an arm’s length relationship and does not vet individual issues or micromanage the running of the newspaper. I would not be surprised if he occasionally opens a paper and finds something in it—a column, an article, that is not to his liking. If he feels really strongly, he can call up the editor. From what I know, that doesn’t happen very often.
I know that I, however, am aware that I am writing for papers that are supposed to be reflecting the news through a Catholic lens. Also, you get an idea quickly, too, of what kinds of stories the editors will run, and which get ignored.
All this to say is: what kind of publication with Ordinariate news would you like to see? How would you like to contribute to one?
I imagine if someone came forward with a proposal to Houston for a magazine or a news letter, it would be given serious consideration.
In the meantime, if you have news to share, send me some links. If you’d like to blog and you can stay within our parameters of acceptable discourse, let me know and I will send you an invitation. I am hoping David Murphy will resume doing what he had been doing at Ordinariate Expats here, as he provided a great service.
I would also like to set up some blog aggregation for Ordinariate sites, perhaps at the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society website.
What makes The Portal lively and interesting is they have lots of contributors. And it looks like they have freedom to be themselves, to be opinionated and to have fun. That makes it readable and entertaining. At the same time, it is positive and not gloomily looking around to find fault or lay blame.
The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society does have its journal Shared Treasures, but it tends to be more of an effort to publish more scholarly work on Anglican/English Catholic patrimony than to act as any kind of newsletter.