Oct 9, 2006

R.I.P. Mr. Al Antczak, a great Catholic journalist

Today's Los Angeles Times carries an obituary (click on this post's title) for Mr. Al Antczak, 84, a great Catholic journalist who worked for The Tidings from 1947 to 1989 and was its editor from 1973 to 1989.

Suffice it to say that Mr. Antczak lived up to the highest principles and demands of his noble calling as a Catholic journalist and that under him The Tidings was always edifying and without weekly outrages. He told the truth. He was loved and admired, and he will be missed.

The Times obituary says:

"While working at the newspaper, Antczak was also raising eight children with his wife, Helen, who had a job in the library at Loyola University when they met. A social worker, she died in 1994.

"Antczak is survived by his daughters, Helen Sanchez of San Gabriel, Margaret Antczak of South Pasadena, Teresa White of San Diego and Sister Mary Catherine Antczak, a Dominican nun in Los Angeles; four sons, Alphonse Jr. of San Gabriel, Thomas of Thousand Oaks, John of Pasadena and Joseph of Los Angeles; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

"A rosary is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at San Gabriel Mission's Chapel of the Annunciation. A funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Antczak will be buried at the mission cemetery."

Let us pray for the repose of the soul of Al Antczak, Catholic reporter and editor. May he be in Heaven, where every story has a happy ending. Amen.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice any statement from Cardinal Mahony about Antczak? He issued a glowing statement about diseased pro-abort politician Ed Roybal, but where is the Mahony eulogy for Mr. Antczak.

The silence is deafening.

Did they have a falling out when RM came on board as Archbishop over two decades ago?

I am liking more and more the sound of the number 2011.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I notice Mahony has a write-up on Antczak in the most recent Tidings. Perhaps I was premature in judging H.E. on this one.

That being said, I am still counting the days, hours and minutes to February 2011.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Kenneth M. Fisher

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, I meant 2011!

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


And how many souls have been lost since 2001! That's before the revelation of all the priest sexual abuse scandals. That's before the public knew about the likes of Mahony's Father (sic) Mike Baker.

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

patch, only God knows how many souls have been lost since 2001, I would say far TOO MANY!

That is my point, we cannot wait until 2011 when Mahony is supposed to retire!

Kenneth M. Fisher

8:09 PM  

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