By W. H. MARSHNER
APRIL 25, 1974
Last year 50,429 fewer people received a diocesan newspaper than the year before. In any other business, that kind of decline would be called catastrophic, or at least precipitous. But in the Catholic press business, last year was one of the “good” years; people even talked about a stabilization. The “rate” of decline, you see, had begun to decline. The Editors of the diocesan newspapers entered rejoicing, therefore, into a very exclusive Wonderland previously inhabited only by crime statisticians and Nixon economists.