Date of Award

Summer 1957

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Host, David

Second Advisor

Kidera, Robert A.

Third Advisor

O'Sullivan, J. L.


The purpose of this thesis is to study the contents of an editorial column in The Tidings, Los Angeles Archdiocesan newspaper, in order to determine whether the column, as the editorial voice of the newspaper, did take temporal stands on temporal affairs, and if so, what stands and to what extent. Consideration will also be given to the question of the extent to which the two editors who directed The Tidings during the year, 1949, differed in their treatment of temporal affairs. This study will also attempt to determine whether readers could be confused regarding whether the temporal judgments represented the authority of the Church. The year, 1949, was selected because it presented an opportunity to study the editorial column, "El Rodeo," in The Tidings under two successive editors. The Reverend (now Monsignor) Thomas J. McCarthy wrote the editorial column from Jan. 7 to July 22, 1949. He began his editorship in 1942 and concluded it in 1949. The Right Reverend Monsignor William E. North began his editorship on July 29, 1949 and concluded his editorship on June 15, 1951. Monsignor North wrote the editorial columns included in this study from July 29 through Dec. 30, 1949.