May 9, 2011

The Pontifical Council for the Laity has withdrawn the canonical recognition of the International Catholic Union of the Press as a Catholic organization because of operational irregularities.

“It is a disaster from a functional point of view,” said Guzman Carriquiry, undersecretary of the council. Carriquiry said the council’s decision had nothing to do with questions involving faith or morals but were motivated by questions involving the rights of members and the transparency of UCIP’s staff and top officers.

“For too long, the association has not functioned, and too many Catholic journalists and organizations have abandoned it for this reason.”