The news media have a constitutional right to make inquires of public entities for a response and position on questions the media believe involves matters of public interest The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is not a public entity but has an obligation under the Code of Cannon Law of 1983 to articulate answers consistent with Catholic Church doctrines to legitimate inquiries, while the Church protects the rights and privacy of individuals
To facilitate the media's right of inquiry and the Diocese's responsibility to proclaim its position, the diocesan Bishop has appointed the Director of the Catholic Communications Office to act as spokesperson for the Diocese or to authorize other persons to act as spokesperson for Diocese on specific subjects related to their area of expertise
Information concerning diocesan policy, information and confidential or internal issues involving a parish, school, department or other entity of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend may be released to the public only by the respective pastor, principal, department head, superintendent and/or associate superintendent through the Director of the Catholic Communications Office, subject to the approval of the Bishop.
Media inquiries to any parish or entity of the Diocese should be facilitated as follows:
1. Secure the name of the inquirer, the medium represented, the subject matter of the inquiry, the inquirer's telephone number or Email address, and response deadline
2. Direct this information immediately to the Catholic Communications Office at 260-744-0012, or to the Director at 260-399-1448 (direct line).
3. If the Catholic Communications Director cannot respond to the inquiry adequately, he/she immediately will contact the proper person in authority for a briefing and schedule an opportunity for response to the inquirer, either by the person in authority through the Catholic Communications Office or by the Catholic Communications Director
4. All diocesan personnel are asked to follow Steps 1 and 2 if the media makes an inquiry directly to them 5. Anyone receiving a media inquiry is reminded of the media' right of inquiry and the Diocese's obligation to be faithful to its mission by responding in a timely manner