On September 22, a giant of Catholic journalism died—and genuine Catholic journalism might well have died with him.
Paul Likoudis was a crack reporter for The Wanderer, America’s oldest national Catholic newspaper—founded in 1867, published in German until 1954, and banned by Hitler in the 1930’s.
Likoudis joined the paper in 1986 and immediately began breaking major stories that took “mainstream” journalism decades to catch up with. He irritated many a bishop as he reported on the rot that dissent, heresy, and feminism had wrought within the Church. Yes, hierarchs often raged—not because the rot was there, but because Paul revealed it.
The only prelates who welcomed Paul’s work lived in Rome, where many considered him an antidote to the happy talk that was being fed them through official channels.
Among Paul’s most groundbreaking work was his reporting on the clerical abuse crisis. Already in the 1980’s he was revealing the cover-ups, tracing the scandal’s roots to the infestation of the priesthood by active homosexuals and their enablers. Like most whistle-blowers, his warnings were ignored, often spitefully, by an ungrateful hierarchy, and now we know why: Only in 2002 did an enraged public discover that a majority of American bishops had aided, abetted, and protected abusers for years. Refusing...