January 08, 2006

Catholic paper reverses ban on ads for travel agency


By Tim Townsend

The St. Louis archdiocesan newspaper has been running advertisements from a travel agency it once banned from its pages because the agency was under a cloud - the priest who ran it was accused of sexually molesting minors.

The archdiocese said in May 2002 that it would no longer accept advertising in its weekly newspaper, the St. Louis Review, from Golden Frontier, a travel agency in Swansea run by a Belleville priest, the Rev. Robert Vonnahmen.

At the time, Jim Orso, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said, "We feel it is inappropriate to continue running these Golden Frontier ads as long as Father Vonnahmen, who is out of favor in his own diocese, continues to have an affiliation with Golden Frontier."

Jim Rygelski, the Review's editor, said last week that the newspaper resumed accepting advertising from Golden Frontier three years ago, within months of banning it. The paper is under the editorial direction of the Rev. Robert W. Finn (now bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese).

Posted by kshaw at January 8, 2006 08:12 AM