After editing the Catholic Sentinel for more than three decades I am saddened by its shuttering. The Sentinel joins the growing list of daily and weekly newspapers that no longer publish because of the pressures of the internet. It was a lively tabloid in which we jammed a gallon’s worth of content in a pint-sized container each week. The late Cardinal Francis George told me once he was impressed by all the content we included, no small praise from a former Sentinel publisher-in-chief then reassigned to Chicago.

The Portland Tribune once curiously observed that the Sentinel routinely printed negative news about the church in western Oregon. Apparently, Tribune staffers expected us to ignore news about church bankruptcy, clergy sex abuse scandals and the like. I insisted on reporting what the good Lord allowed to happen. The Sentinel appeared each week in an exciting format; one could never tell when a reader would come upon a page-one story nestled among the tire ads on page 24.

We sent reporters beyond Oregon to report on world events. We printed deep-read stories and pages of beautiful photos from Kosovo, Vietnam, The Philippines, Cambodia, Ecuador, Germany, the Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Poland, Jordan, Israel, France, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Malawi and the Vatican. We also kept current on parish chicken dinner fundraisers, exercising paranoid care to ensure the times and dates were accurate; God forbid we were responsible for assembling hundreds of hungry parishioners on the wrong day.

We routinely wrote about lay Catholics who made a difference in people’s lives. They are the folks who keep the doors open in their parishes through their support and inspiration.

Some of the priests and women religious I worked with lifted me up on dark days; they represented the top 1% of any cohort of people.

When I joined the Sentinel in 1981, after working 12 years at daily newspapers in Salem and Baker, I was struck by the retirement home culture I found. I was used to a frenetic pace. The Sentinel people were not happy to greet me. Over time, I completely upgraded the staff, scrapped our typewriters for computers and redid the format, so it resembled a modern newspaper. The “Catholic Senile” insult went away during my reporting on the Laughlin sex abuse coverup, the first clergy sex abuse scandal publicly reported in America. The Sentinel contributed significantly to the release from prison of Santiago Ventura Morales, where he was serving a life sentence for murdering a fellow farmworker. I am responsible for convincing Holy Cross Father Tom Oddo to give Santiago a scholarship to the University of Portland.

Finally, Sentinel letters to the editor became the first page readers turned to. There were none when I first arrived. And at Archbishop William Levada’s request El Centinela, the Spanish-language paper, began publication in 1995.

Bob Pfohman, managing editor of the Sentinel and El Centinela from 1981 to 2014.