I'm not sure what the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints would say about it, but in my mind the last-ever editor of the Catholic Sentinel, Ed Langlois, is the patron saint of local Catholic newspapers. He's not perfect and I'm no theologian. But Ed — a man of humility, discipline, courage and fierce love for Oregon Catholics — is worthy of such heavenly esteem.

The editor of a small Catholic paper does everything from deciphering hand-written letters to the editor from 90-year-old Catholics to navigating dicey chancery politics. An editor must respond to disgruntled priests, readers calling the paper too liberal, late story submissions, pages with news holes, grumpy writers, ceaseless deadlines, readers calling the paper too conservative, and church-related news that is, at times, demoralizing. Ed did it all with skill and a faith that just doesn't quit.

Ed won at least a million awards as a longtime reporter for the Sentinel. Or at least so many I've lost track. He's reported from across the globe and is esteemed by colleagues around the country. When Ed was named managing editor in 2016, the paper quickly became the best of its kind in the country, winning top awards from the Catholic Media Association.

Yet Ed never boasts. He wasn't in it for the kudos. He was in it for everyday Catholics in the pews.

With brains and discipline, Ed can bust out stories as quickly and skillfully as any veteran Associated Press reporter. Grab a Sentinel from the past 30 years and you'll see his byline everywhere. At the same time, he has the heart of a storyteller, savoring a well-crafted sentence and attempting to explore tough questions with nuance. He once gave staff a portion of John Steinbeck's “The Grapes of Wrath” so we could meditate on the author's masterful writing.

Ed also has had the courage to tell difficult stories, even when it irked those in power. He knew it was good for the church to report on clergy abuse, racism in the church and polarization in politics. Yet alongside big stories, he wanted to cover the smaller ones that reflect much of the daily life of the church: briefs on parish picnics and school fundraisers, pieces on parishioners working hard to renovate a beloved parish, personal reflections from longtime teachers.

Maybe Ed's regular work commutes via bike helped keep him grounded over the years amid his often-stressful responsibilities. But what spurred his work was, I believe, his love of the church, flaws and all, and heart for Oregon Catholics.

At the end of its 152-year-old run, the Sentinel has had the best there is — canonized or not.

Scott is a former reporter for the Catholic Sentinel.