In for the Long Haul

June 2002By Dale Vree

In our February editorial (“A Time to Pinch Ourselves”), we noted that the NEW OXFORD REVIEW turned 25 years old, and that we were most grateful to have made it that far when many periodicals similar to ours have bitten the dust.

We also discussed our current financial adversities, noting how we’ve been running at a deficit for too long (due in part to the recession). We also noted that postal rates are going up — an increase from 34¢ to 37¢ for each renewal notice we send, and a 10.0 percent increase to mail your NOR to you. The rise in rates was scheduled to kick in in September, but now we’ve learned that the Post Office (ever speedy when it comes to raising rates) will likely get its higher rates on June 30.

We also indicated that we need to raise $68,700 to get back on track financially and to prepare for the postal increase. So far we have raised about $56,000 — for which we are most grateful and which we find most encouraging — but we’re still lacking about $12,700. Our need has become more urgent because the postal hike is scheduled to hit three months earlier than expected.

In that February editorial we also spoke of the hard times in Catholic publishing. We gave a rather lengthy list of nonliberal Catholic periodicals that have recently reduced their frequency of circulation and/or instituted drastic price increases. We also noted eight such periodicals that have recently ceased publication. And the list continues to grow. We have learned that two superb orthodox Catholic periodicals are scheduled to be shut down imminently (we won’t name them because the official announcements have, as of this writing, not yet been made). This is very sad news for the orthodox Catholic cause.

We also noted in that editorial that liberal Catholic periodicals seem to be flourishing. Since writing that editorial we’ve learned something interesting. The January 25 Commonweal announced that it had received a $500,000 donation from a reader for its Endowment Fund. To get the donation, which is a “challenge” donation, Commonweal has to raise $500,000 on its own, which would mean a cool $1 million for their Endowment. And only two-and-a-half months later, in the April 5 Commonweal, it was announced that Commonweal had already raised over $203,000 toward its goal. Wow! Those elite liberal Catholics must have money coming out their ears.

And the NOR is only trying to raise a measly $68,700, and we still haven’t got there. Well, we’re not giving up!

How could we? We recently read a survey indicating that only 37.5 percent of U.S. Catholics are orthodox whereas 62.5 percent are progressive. We still have a long, long way to go!

Please help us achieve our modest fundraising goal by sending your donation to: NEW OXFORD REVIEW, 1069 Kains Ave., Berkeley CA 94706. The NEW OXFORD REVIEW is a nonprofit entity and has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Donations are therefore tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Checks are of course to be made out to NEW OXFORD REVIEW.

Thank you for standing with us. Let’s hope that, together, we can help push the percentage of Catholics who are orthodox to well over 50 percent.

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