The Catholic Anchor is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska. Archbishop Paul Etienne is its publisher.
The Anchor is published on Fridays, 12 times a year. It is mailed to every Catholic home in the archdiocese and to other subscribers around the state and beyond. Additionally, 700 copies are distributed through newspaper racks at 11 locations in Anchorage, Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley. Total circulation is around 10,000.
Retired Archbishop Francis Hurley established the Anchor in April 1999. Its mission has always been to inform Catholics about the church and the modern world and their roles in both. In its document on social communications, “Inter Mirifica,” the Second Vatican Council describes a “right to information about affairs,” the proper exercise of which “demands that the matter communicated always be true, and as complete as charity and justice allow.” The Anchor strives to provide true, complete and objective information, sharing the good news of the church without ignoring its shortcomings.
The Anchor carries local, national and world news, opinions and editorials, and paid advertising. The staff and several professional freelance reporters accomplish local news coverage. Catholic News Service, an editorially independent division of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, provides timely news from around the world. The archbishop writes a regular column, the editor writes editorials and columnists and letter-writers provide the balance of the op-ed section.