RIP, Joe Feuerherd

RIP, Joe Feuerherd May 26, 2011

Sad news from the world of Catholic media:

Joseph A. Feuerherd, whose journalism career began as a college intern in the Washington Bureau of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) and concluded with his service as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of that award-winning publication, died Thursday morning (May 26) at Casey House, a hospice facility in Rockville, Md. Feuerherd died of metastasized soft tissue sarcoma, a cancer diagnosed in Oct. 2009.

“I made the coffee, sorted mail, answered phones, clipped newspapers — and grabbed whatever reporting assignments I could finagle,” Feuerherd, 48, later wrote of his time as an intern working out of the paper’s small National Press Building office.

His first published bylined article, in 1984, was a short item describing the religious community’s reaction to the US invasion of Grenada. More recently, in a March 2011 column, he praised New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s handling of the controversy surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s personal life. “Dolan, proving that ‘Vatican officials’ are not always ham-handed in their appointments [of bishops and archbishops], handled the situation deftly,” he wrote.

As NCR publisher beginning in Oct. 2008, Feuerherd emphasized the paper’s roots as a vehicle for hard-hitting reporting on the Catholic Church. He long contended that NCR’s editorial independence has been essential to the paper’s success. NCR is the only US newspaper that covers the Catholic Church but is not owned or operated by an entity answerable to Church authority.

Feuerherd expanded NCR’s presence on the Web, launching “NCR Today,” the paper’s popular group blog. Further, he brought on a group of web-based writers, whose contributions resulted in a doubling of the number of visits to the site, now averaging more than 1.5 million visitors monthly, making the most popular US Catholic news website.

Feuerherd wrote recently that NCR is comparable to a “good daily city newspaper reporting the foibles of the mayor and city council as they award the latest garbage contract to a favored vendor.” 

Read more.  Also, Kathryn Jean Lopez remembers him here.

My prayers go out to his friends and family, and all those touched by this loss. 

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him…

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6 responses to “RIP, Joe Feuerherd”

  1. Joe will be greatly missed. He was always kind and had a ready smile for everyone.

  2. RIP? More like RIH! I wouldn’t let my Parrot even **** on a copy of NCR. It has no right using the world Catholic in its name.

  3. Ray:


    Well, excuse me. Why can’t you behave like a gentleman and say that you just do not agree with the National Catholic Reporter and its slant?

  4. HMS?=

    Oh I’m sorry Mr. Holier Than Thou. I love guys like you who think the Jesus taught us to be punching bags to the world. Would you have scolded Jesus for calling the Pharises “a brood of vipers”, cursing the fig tree, or kicking the money lenders rearends out of the temple? Tsk, tsk Jesus, not very gentlemanly of you. Feurherd was an anti-Catholic rat, and him and his paper take every chance they get to stab our religion in the back. They have no right to use the word “Catholic” in their title, if they are not officialy part of the Church. RIH Feuerherd

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