On June 10, a member of our organization contacted the Horizons which is a newspaper published by the Eparchy of Parma. We requested that our letter to the Bishop be printed in the June 23rd, 2019 edition. However, our request was denied. In an email, editor Laura Ieraci stated:
Dear cathedral parishioners,
Thank you for your email. I can empathize with your concerns. However, it is not in the purview of Horizons to publish such a letter.
Thank you for your understanding.
With best wishes,
The term “purview” is defined as the ” the scope of the influence or concerns of something.”
According to Laura, a letter to the Bishop about the concerns of of the Cathedral parish are outside of the scope of the Horizons.
Censorship is defined as “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.”
When an editor decides that it is not within the scope of an Eparchial newspaper to publish a letter to the Eparchial Bishop about the concerns of the Eparchial Cathedral, is it not censorship? Perhaps the Horizons only publishes information that is in-line with their specific agenda in order to influence people’s beliefs. That is also known as propaganda.