National Catholic Register Bias and Reliability Overview

National Catholic Register is a biweekly newspaper and website that covers news “through the eyes of the Magisterium,” or the teaching authority of the Catholic Church. In addition to coverage of news from the Vatican and around the world, content includes features such as Culture of Life, Catholic education, Catholic travel and liturgy. Founded in 1927 in Denver, the Register is now owned by EWTN Global Catholic Network. The newspaper has a circulation of nearly 40,000, while the website records approximately 1.23 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates National Catholic Register in the skews right category of bias and as mixed reliability in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

The following are National Catholic Register’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 38.69

Bias: 8.90

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to + 42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URL Bias Reliability
Connecticut Assisted Suicide Bill Would Not Safeguard Against Coercion, Opponents Say12.3339.67
States Push Both Pro-Life and Abortion Expansion Measures in 202113.3343
Rebuking Trump: Impeachment if Necessary, But Not Necessarily Impeachment4.6735.33
Only the Church Does Anti-Racism Right4.3332
Court: Vermont Can’t Exclude Catholic School Student from College Tuition Program5.3345
Second Federal Court Strikes Down Transgender Mandate446
Joe Biden Taps ‘Transgender’ Rachel Levine to HHS Position7.3339.33
The Trump Presidency and What Happens After: A Catholic Take1.6736
Will Sen. Manchin’s Focus on Moderation Come at the Expense of His Catholic Principles?1424
Under President Biden, Vatican-US Relations Are Poised to Shift Dramatically048
US Bishops Offer Prayers, Pledge to Engage with Biden Administration241.67
Biden’s Secretary of State Backs Trump’s Tough Approach to China4.3342.33
Catholic Church Is Correct in Not Letting Abortion Issue Slide1032
President Biden Begins to Roll Out Plan for First 100 Days in Office0.6746
Will This Be a Peaceful Transition in Our Hearts?9.6730
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