An Important Announcement

CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter

September 21, 2004


Dear Friend,

I have some very important news to share with you.

On Friday, I told the board of CRISIS Magazine that I'd like to step
down as publisher. They agreed and on January 1 of next year, I'll
become the Director of the newly established Morley Institute.

The Institute will have two major functions: 1) To provide continued
funding for CRISIS magazine and, 2) To support several new projects
that I've wanted to pursue for some time. (The first of which will be
a book on how Catholics can get involved in politics... something
about which I have firsthand knowledge.)

I'm very excited about this. But it does mean I'll no longer be

Don't worry. Not much will change from your perspective. Since the
staff of CRISIS has been running the magazine for the past 2 years,
you won't actually notice any changes there.

This is really more of a personal decision. It's the right thing for
me to do.

As you can imagine, the past month has been very difficult for both
me and my family. There's no doubt that the recent adverse publicity
about me, and the criticism that followed, influenced my decision. As
long as I remain publisher of CRISIS, I'll be a source of

As my friend and supporter, you've stood by me through all of this.
because of your friendship, CRISIS magazine is healthy and (still!)

But as you have supported me as publisher, I now ask that you
support this decision. Please know that this was my call. The plain
fact is, I'm tired of being a lightening rod. And more importantly,
this whole thing is causing great pain to my family. When all is said
and done, I'm a husband and a father. I'm certainly not perfect, but
I love my family dearly, and their well being is my first priority.

Thank you for your friendship and your prayers. I can't begin to
tell you what they've meant to me. My greatest hope right now is that
you understand my decision and continue to support the magazine I

I'll talk to you soon,


P.S. I apologize for not being able to answer all your kind emails
personally. Please know that I do read every email I get.
Unfortunately, I don't always get the chance to answer them.


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