Diocese Changes Mind; Won’t Close Diocesan Paper

WILMINGTON, Del. (CNS) – The Diocese of Wilmington will continue publishing The Dialog as a biweekly newspaper that will also expand its communications mission to the Internet with stories and video reports, Bishop W. Francis Malooly announced in August.

Last April, when the diocese cut jobs and services to help pay a $77.4 million settlement to survivors of abuse by priests, The Dialog was slated to cease publication in the fall.

The bishop’s Aug. 8 decision to keep The Dialog in business follows the recommendation of a special committee formed last spring to suggest a diocesan communications plan after the paper was closed. That committee urged the diocese to improve its use of electronic media and to produce a printed publication as well, noting The Dialog was a “very active, solid” means of informing and evangelizing every Catholic household, according to Msgr. J. Thomas Cini, Vicar General.