TORONTO July 12, 1995 -- Michael McAteer, formerly religion editor of the Toronto Star, has been named interim editor of the Anglican Journal/Journal Anglican, effective August 1.
McAteer will oversee the editorial direction of the monthly newspaper until a permanent editor is appointed. Anglican Journal/Journal Anglican is funded by the Anglican Church of Canada but has an independent editorial policy.
McAteer follows Carolyn Purden, who had been both editor and general manager of the paper. That dual position was eliminated in a restructuring after the church's General Synod adopted a new strategic plan last month. Purden joined the staff of the Journal in 1967 and became editor and general manager in 1991. Under her tenure the paper won numerous awards for news and feature reporting and for general excellence. Purden was given a severance package.
Michael McAteer covered religion and the environment for the Windsor Star, before moving to the Toronto Star in 1977. He became religion editor in 1982, and held the post until taking early retirement last year.
During his time with the Toronto Star, McAteer covered papal tours in Canada and Central America, a World Council of Churches meeting in Korea, and Roman Catholic synods in Rome. He has covered significant events in the life of all the major Canadian denominations, and expanded the Toronto Star's religion coverage to include other faith groups.
Currently, McAteer continues to write a weekly column for the Star and he is completing work on "The Man in the Scarlet Robe : Two Thousand Years of Searching for Jesus". The book, co-authored with new Testament scholar Michael Steinhauser, will be published in October. It explores current controversies surrounding the search for the historical Jesus.
The Anglican Journal/Journal Anglican has a circulation of 255,000. Under its terms of reference, the editor makes all decisions on editorial content. The paper is encouraged to express the full range of opinion within the Anglican Church community and takes an independent stance in editorials.
Contact Doug Tindal, Director of Communication 416-924-9199 ext. 286; 905-335-8349 (residence)