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Evolving Examiner - Fr. Anthony Charanghat

posted Jul 5, 2018, 7:02 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 6, 2018, 4:19 AM ]
Since July 10, 169 years ago, the Archdiocesan The Examiner News Weekly has left no stone unturned to faithfully producing this genre of print religious predominantly focussed on faith. We are beholden to God for giving the present dispensation along with the freelance erudite and scholarly writers and its supportive readers, the opportunity to contribute to carrying on the baton of its uninterrupted publication, which completes 25 years this year. Examining issues in the light of faith has been the mark of this dynamic and ever evolving Examiner, unlike media that has other agenda, in the culture of fake news. 

A vibrant Catholic religious media¬ - is needed more than ever, because it is still the most widespread means of ongoing adult faith education and formation we have today. This has become inevitable in the wake of the decline of the Catholic school system and weakening of Catholic family life with parents too busy to assume their role as ‘primary faith givers’. As the Church and the parishes face a tsunami of challenges from evangelicals and a secular world that is either indifferent to faith or question faith in God- the ministry of the media – becomes invaluable.

This has become the primary mission and task of The Examiner to make up for this lacunae and provide the missing faith input and information to many who are deprived of it. At a time when Catholics must seek to engage the great issues of the day, their voices barely rise above a whisper in the mainstream press. It needs an authentic voice of enlightened information to see reality through the eyes of God’s revelation to tell the news stories that are not being told or not being told well by the vested secular press.

We believe that being informed, seeing the world through Catholic eyes, is to increase understanding of one’s own faith. Our reportage is not restricted to just the who, what, where and when, but also the why. The regular appearance of a Catholic publication in print with news, features, comments, steeped in rich Catholic tradition from all over the globe, in-depth analysis and research by trained professional scribes, does more to help adult Catholic education and deepen mature faith formation. This is all the more so, given the number of those who admit print to be the preferred choice for ongoing faith education.

The Examiner rarely presents the faith in a systematic way, it is very much a presentation rooted in the world. It shows the faith alive and relevant in our society today. It always underlines faith as a living reality impacting the world and responsive to the exigencies of people today in a professional and pastoral way. The formation provided is not the same as catechetics. It is not narrowly pedantic in intent, nor is it propagandistic. It chooses to be intentional in this role, to be more effectively formative.

The model for its tone and content is deliberately selective. The writers and articles avoid any trace of arrogance, rashness in speech and being disputatious in tone, but men who know their religion. The contributors, in the words of Newman, "are persons who know their religion, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it."

The Examiner lays premium on inspirational stories about ordinary Catholics doing extraordinary things, from founding a center for addiction, unwed mothers, the concept of Marriage according to God’s plan and showing concern for refugees and care for creation. Themes on the defense of the dignity of life - great lessons in moral formation and on Holiness in the rank and file also form the grist of the media mill of The Examiner. This is the silver legacy it hopes to pass on to posterity.

Fr. Anthony Charanghat