The us is a national Catholic review published by Jesuits in the US. Founded in 1909, The us has received dozens of awards for its coverage of religion, politics and the arts. In 2011 it used to be awarded Best Magazine in the General Excellence category by the Catholic Press Association. According to its mission remark, The us is “a media communications ministry that seeks to interpret the world for the church and the church for the world.”
From the beginning The us has been the work of Jesuits from across the US. John Wynne, S.J., the first editor, lasted only some months, but the editorial formula he devised lasts to this day-editorial comment, feature and short articles and reviews of arts and letters.
America retains a loyal readership, especially a few of the hierarchy and other leaders and managers of the Catholic Church in the US, lay and religious. Right through the post-Vatican II period, the editors have consistently promoted conciliar reform, but they’ve struck a balance between the extremes of liberal and conservative opinion in the reforming Church, acting as a bridge for Church dialogue.
The balance favored by these editors has given the magazine a reputation for temperateness that its founding editor did not all the time share. But such steadiness has enabled the magazine to fulfill during the twentieth century the vision of its founder, who wrote in the first issue: “The object, scope and character of this review are sufficiently indicated in its name-The us: A Catholic Review of the Week.”
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