Is the Chief Editor of Kung Kao Po (a Catholic newspaper in Hong Kong) stupid or great?
Written by an old parishioner who believes in justice and peace
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At the beginning of June, I have advised Ms. Susanne Ho, the editor-in-chief of Kung Kao Po (a Catholic weekly newspaper) in an article “Dialogue between two Catholics”(which was published on Facebook page “Catholic Platform for the Faithful"), that she did not have to worry too much about the column content of Justice & Peace Commission of the HK Catholic Diocese. As the commission belongs to the diocese, if there is any problem with the content to be edited or removed, it is not the responsibility of the chief editor.
When there is disagreement, Ms. Ho should take a proper procedure by negotiating first with the chair of the commission. If it persists, she can consult the “church advisor”(Fr. Louis Ha Ke-loon ); if the advisor sides with HKJP and disagrees with any editing or even article removal, she can then seek help from the auxiliary bishop (Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing); the auxiliary bishop can bring the question to the highest rank of the diocese if he does not want to decide himself.
All in all, the chief editor of Kung Kao Po has no responsibility and is not qualified to make the final decision.
Ms. Ho responded to a Hong Kong newspaper for her action, “There is no specific instruction (from the top), so don't think too much about it.” Apparently she planned to take the blame for another person’s fault and that sure made me “think a lot”. I truly believe that she has been given orders or at least some degree of encouragement from the top. If that is so, she is too great and I feel pity for her.
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