A NEW MAN AT THE HELM – Hong Kong Sunday Examiner

Benedict Keith Ip

On 1 January 2018, Claretian Father Josekutty Matthew took on the position of deputy-editor-in-chief of the Sunday Examiner from Columban priest Fr Jim Mulroney who had occupied the post from January 2003 to the present.

The Sunday Examiner reported that “Father Jose—as he likes to be called—was born in Kerala, India, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2003.” The Claretian priest came to Hong Kong in 2009, where he studied Cantonese. After finishing his course, he was named parish priest of Mui Wo in Lantau.

O Clarim asked Fr Jose a couple of questions.

In your new appointment, is there a specific goal you would like to achieve?

Let me begin quoting Fr Jim my predecessor: “At the Sunday Examiner we have adopted the pastoral priorities of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences as our editorial policy: the dialogue with religion; the dialogue with culture and the dialogue with life, often interpreted as poverty’.“” And this continues to be my objective as I begin my journey with the Sunday Examiner in Hong Kong.

My biggest challenge is to be at a desk which Fr Jim occupied for over 15 years. One of the first principles of journalism is to avoid cliches, but here I would use one: It is impossible to “fit into shoes” of Fr Jim. I pray for wisdom to choose the right content to put out Hong Kong’s Catholic News of the Week.   

Would you consider having more interactions and communication between HK and Macau on reporting and editing? If so, could you describe a little bit?

I am certainly looking forward to working together with O Clarim and to have greater interaction. In fact, I am under the impression that there is an understanding between O Clarim and Kung Kau Po. Mutual support and cooperation are vital in serving the Church, particularly in communicating the “good news” in this region. Of course, let us be good neighbors!

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