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Speaking Heart To Heart

EDITORIAL

By Dale Vree | April 1984

In our October 1983 editorial, I needed to make an appeal for funds. I am happy to report that the re­sponse to that appeal — and to other private ap­peals — was adequate, and that the New Oxford Review is now on solid ground.

That October editorial also indicated that the NOR could thenceforth be regarded as a Roman Catholic periodical (with non-Roman Catholic writers and readers still being most welcome in our midst). As was expected, the response was mixed: from very negative (“cancel my subscription!”) through puzzled to very positive, with the positive responses prevailing.

For those who have felt puzzled by the NOR’s transition, we would say, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” It should be apparent by now that there are not going to be any drastic shifts in our editorial policies. Indeed, we aspire to no exclusivist, triumphalist, inquisitorial, or truculent “Catholicism.” We will continue to be ecumenical in spirit and aspiration, a meeting ground for Chris­tians of various church allegiances.

This is not said as a magnanimous gesture — or as a condescending concession. For, if we were to become narrowly and insularly “Roman” it would be a disservice both to the Second Vatican Council and to the Roman Catholic Church herself. There are manifold Christian riches that the Ro­man Catholic Church yearns to appropriate more fully in order to be more manifestly Christian and universal. What might those riches be?

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