15 February 2024, The Tablet

Catholic journalism – ‘I was broke and I was broken’

by Ian Dunn

Catholic journalism – ‘I was broke and I was broken’

The editor’s daughter drops off a copy of the magazine’s first issue.
Ian Dunn


A year after he announced its closure, the editor who launched a magazine for Scottish Catholics that aimed to bridge the divides in the Church reflects on the reasons for its failure.

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User Comments (1)

Comment by: Rosemary from Edinburgh
Posted: 02/03/2024 11:02:57
Dear Ian
We read this and felt sad and slightly guilty. We did buy, and even contribute to Scottish Catholic from time to time. We are probably those older, more liberal, Catholics you write about but we met your young assistant several times and got on well, even though he was one of the younger more traditional Catholics. But we didn't buy every issue - not because we didn't enjoy the issues we read but because we have so much else to read, physically and online. Reading is easier for us than others because, as academics, it is our stock in trade - it's hard enough to persuade some people to take the parish newsletters home with them! I have a large pile of unread Tablets and an even larger pile of unread academic journals waiting for my attention and that's probably the main reason we don't buy yet more publications.

We did enjoy the copies we read and you and your team are to be congratulated on your achievements. thank you so much and be of good cheer.