This article was very informative about the history of the paper that Fr. Z calls “fish wrap”. The National Catholic Reporter publishes some good news articles of current subjects in the Church, but it has a lot of offensive material, which leaves me hesitant to refer people to who are not well-schooled in the faith. This article points out that the paper was declared heretical according to this paragraph in the article cited above:
Finally, it has given lengthy space to a blasphemous and heretical attack on the Vicar of Christ. It is difficult to see how well instructed writers who deliberately deny and ridicule dogmas of our Catholic faith can possibly escape the guilt of the crime defined in Canon 1325 on heresy, and how they can escape the penalties of automatic excommunication entailed thereby.
Diane M Korzeniewski, OCDS makes observations at the end of the posting that asks the pertinent questions as to the current status. I hope that these will not go unnoticed and unanswered.