THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER reports — The Catholic Herald’s U.S. edition is shutting down after less than two years of publication.m The magazine, which claimed to be “America’s only national Catholic weekly magazine of current affairs and culture,” was plagued by mismanagement in its short life, a person familiar with the matter said, adding that its ownership “didn’t have realistic expectations” at any point in the publication’s run.
The magazine was never profitable, with only about 900 paying subscribers at its height.
The Catholic Herald launched its U.S. edition to much fanfare in late 2018 in New York City. The launch was hosted by the magazine’s primary owner, British hotelier Rocco Forte.
The magazine promised to be a trusted news source for Catholics in the wake of a series of sexual abuse scandals.
“The American church has been devastated by a series of scandals that require urgent scrutiny,” it said on its website. “Our powerful reporting, opinion pieces and cultural analysis will be a resource for orthodox Catholics who face a time of profound crisis.”
The Catholic Herald was founded in 1888 in the United Kingdom.