PRIESTS should not act as censors of the Catholic Press, said Fr. James Collins, parish priest of St. Joseph the Worker, Kirkby, Lancs.. last week.
Writing in his parish newsletter, issued to coincide with Press Sunday in the archdiocese, Fr. Collins said: "It has been known for a Catholic priest to ban a Catholic newspaper because he did not agree with its views about something or another.
"It is hard to say he cannot do this if he feels deeply about something doctrinal and thinks that a Catholic paper is destroying the purity of doctrine. I suppose a priest can regard himself as the guardian of his people's consciences.
"But it is easy to go too far and become a censor. That is not good. We are very lucky in our country to have a Catholic Press run by efficient lay men and women. They are a free group of journalists, all Catholics, all dedicated. and we should support them."