Christian - Media - World
"Since the very evangelization of modern culture depends to a large extent on the influence of media, it is not enough simply to
spread the Christian message and the Church's authentic teaching. It is necessary to integrate that message into the "new culture" created
by modern communications"
Pope John Paul II (Redemptoris missio, n. 37).
Urges Journalist to Live Values (Zenit)
Encourages their capacity for dialogue with world. Benedict XVI is
inviting Catholic journalists to bear witness to their faith by the life
Have Duty to Serve Truth (Zenit)|
Vatican Aide Comments on Message for Media Day.
"Those working in the media have a moral duty to disseminate
the truth, according to a Vatican spokesman.
XVI: Media Overstepping the Mark (Zenit)|
Urges Communicators to Seek and Present Truth
"Rather than reporting on reality, mass media sometimes
create reality, thus wielding tremendous power over all dimensions of
human life, Benedict XVI says."
Globalization a Positive Spin (Zenit)|
Vatican Aide Outlines Challenges for Christian Media
"We need to 'defend the variety and identity of all peoples, of
various nations, and make people understand that this cultural wealth
should be shared with everyone.'...Another theme of our communication 'is
that of charity and hope,' Father Lombardi said. 'We live in a world in
which bad news is abundant,' but 'there are also many more good things
around us that at first sight we don't see.'"
Secret for Communicators: Love Christ (Zenit)|
Interview With Father Raniero Cantalamessa
"In short, modern communication media convey sadness. The media place
far more stress on the evil and tragic side of the world than on the good
and positive aspects."
Council Focuses on Role of the Laity (Zenit)|
"Forming Catholics as media and communications professionals is one
of the priorities for the Church, says the president of the Pontifical
Council for Social Communications...this is one of the top five priorities
for the Church in communications."
Media Clean for the Kids, Says Prelate (Zenit)|
"The president of the Pontifical Council for Social
Communications, Archbishop John Foley at the opening of the 5th World
Summit on Media for Children, being held in Johannesburg through
Wednesday; told media professionals that entertainment, especially that
aimed at children, should be neither self-serving nor exploitative."
On Ecclesial Movements and New Communities (Zenit)|
The greatest challenge facing the Church at the beginning of the new millennium is the task which has always
been entrusted to her: evangelization. The Church is called in every epoch, and therefore in our own, to
embrace anew the missionary mandate of the Risen Christ: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey
everything that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20).
Papal Address on 75th Anniversary of Vatican Radio (Zenit)|
"Do not forget, however, that in order to carry out the mission entrusted to you, a proper technical and
professional training is of course necessary; above all, though, you must ceaselessly cultivate within you
a spirit of prayer and faithful adherence to the teachings of Christ and his Church. May the Virgin Mary,
Star of the new evangelization, help and protect you always!"
The Right to Offend? (Zenit)|
First Amendment Scholar Richard Garnett on the Limits of Free Speech
"Notre Dame law professor and free speech expert Richard Garnett argues that freedom of speech does include
the right to say things that others may find offensive, and that hearers of such speech are accountable for
their responses in light of this principle. He shared with ZENIT why the dangers of punishing 'offensive'
speech may be worse than the results of tolerating such speech."
Common Good Before Profit in Media, Says Pope (Zenit)|
"Benedict XVI highlighted 'the challenge to encourage the social communications and entertainment industries
to be protagonists of truth and promoters of peace. As you well know,' the Pope continued, 'such a commitment
demands principled courage and resolve, on the part of those who own and work within the hugely influential
media industry, to ensure that promotion of the common good is never sacrificed to a self-serving quest for
profit or an ideological agenda with little public accountability.'"
Pope's Address to Members of Council for Social Communications (Zenit)|
"In my first Message for World Communications Day I chose to reflect on the media as a network which
facilitates communication, communion and cooperation. I did so recalling that the decree of the Second
Vatican Council, "Inter Mirifica," had already recognized the enormous power of the media to inform the
minds of individuals and to shape their thinking. Forty years later we realize, more than ever, the
pressing need to harness that power for the benefit of all humanity.
Pope's Address on Vatican Radio - "A Great Family Which Has No Borders" (Zenit)|
"It is a great joy for me to be here. We are conscious that 75 years ago, Pope Pius XI inaugurated Vatican
Radio, thus giving a voice to the Holy See, beyond that, to the Church and to the Lord -- a voice with which
to truly apply the Lord's commandment: 'Proclaim the Gospel to all creatures to the ends of the earth.'"
Vatican Radio a Voice Serving Truth, Says Pope (Zenit)|
"In the media world, as we know," he said, "there is no lack of opposing voices. It is, therefore,
particularly important that this voice exist, which really wishes to be at the service of truth, of Christ,
and in this way, at the service of peace and reconciliation in the world."
Unbelief and Bad Belief - Vatican Document Weighs How to Evangelize Culture (Zenit)|
"The document starts by noting the loss of faith in today's world. 'There is a rupture in the handing on the
faith, intimately linked to the process of abandonment of a popular culture long attached to and impregnated
by Christianity,' the introduction states. The weakening of this popular religious culture brings with it
serious consequences in terms of how people think, behave and judge." This article lists the causes of
unbelief and how to evangelize culture.
Four Keys for Media are Spelled Out - Archbishop John P. Foley (Zenit.org)
"Archbishop Foley Addresses Gathering of Peace Communications Network. To be truthful, to contribute to justice, to serve freedom and
to transmit a 'superabundance of love' are the keys for the media to foster peace, a vatican official says."
Archbishop Foley's Address to Communicators (Zenit.org)|
"Here is the text of an address Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, prepared
for a presentation today to a joint meeting of the Catholic Press Association and the Catholic Academy of Communications Arts
Intervention By Archbishop John P. Foley|
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications,
International Catholic Union of the Press (UCIP),
Jubilee Celebration, Pontifical Gregorian University,
Rome, Friday, December 6, 2002 (Agenzia Fides)
Homily of Archbishop John P. Foley,|
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications,
Mass at Congress of New Evangelization of America (NEA),
Dallas, Texas, February 1, 2003 (Agenzia Fides)
Pastoral Instruction "Aetatis Novae" on Social Communication - John P. Foley (Mediamatic)|
"There can be no doubt that the Roman Catholic Church is going through a crisis. The energy Pope
John Paul II displayed in visiting the most remote archdioceses contrasts sharply with the Church
of Rome's sluggishness in making use of the media revolution. For good reason, the recent pastoral
brief about 'means of social communication' opens with the statement that today, people everywhere
feel the strong influence of the media on religious and moral attitudes, political and social
systems and education. But one certainly need not be a catholic to add that it is not the catholic
media which are producing this effect."
To World Federation of Advertisers (EWTN)|
"In Brussels, Belgium, for celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the World Federation of
Advertisers, Archbishop John P. Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications,
delivered the following intervention on 28 October 2003. The speech was voted best of the
"Boredom" Greatest Sin in Media - Archbishop John P. Foley (Zenit)|
The president of the Vatican dicastery for communications reminded students studying mass
communication that "you have the delicate task to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to
announce it to the largest possible public, but never in a threatening or coercive manner."
The Church Should Use the Internet to Evangelize - Archbishop John P. Foley (Zenit)|
"The Internet can be a new path to God, a call to the Church to question itself on the
opportunities offered by the new media to inform, educate, pray and evangelize, to take the Word
of God everywhere, to reach also those who live in solitude and who perhaps would never open the
door to their home."
What Does The Media Say About Itself?
||New Media Apostolate Was
Inspired By Late Jesuit ( Matt Abbott)
“After Fr. Hardon’s death, there was a slow, relaxed time, but
that soon came to an end,” said Gruss. “I began to remember
Father’s voice reminding me of the many needs of the Church. He
would often state a need, and you knew he wanted you to do
something. He believed every Catholic should give his or her time
and work, and should sacrifice for the Church.”
Catholics, the Media and the American Public Square (Catholic Educator's Research Center)|
"The following is an edited transcript of speeches given by: Rod Dreher Senior Writer, National Review J. Bottum Books and Arts
Editor, The Weekly Standard Philip F. Lawler Editor, Catholic World Report and Robert Lockwood Director of
Communications, Diocese of Pittsburg. These papers were given at a conference on Catholics and the Media held at the National Press Club
on March 13-14, 2002." (Faith and Reason Institute)
How Reporting on the Church Is Distorted (Zenit)|
"One of the greatest distortions when it comes to reporting on the Catholic Church lies in 'favoring reactions over and above what is
said,' says a professor of communications. Diego Contreras, professor of information analysis and practice at the School of Communication
of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, offered that opinion in his opening address to the Assembly of Media Delegates, which met
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Impact of Mass Media on the Church, According to Marshall McLuhan|
Interview With Father Dariusz Gronowski
"The Church sees the means of communication as if they were
"instruments" and not as "agents." For this reason, the discussion over
the media in the Church is centered on two aspects: the way in which
they can be used for our goals, for evangelization; and on an ethical
level, that is to say, the way in which the world of mass media should
Pope Benedict XVI Meets With Journalists (FindLaw) - Victor L. Simpson|
"(AP) - VATICAN CITY- The new pope, reading prepared remarks in four languages, thanked journalists for their coverage of the
"historically important" events during the papal transition, urged them to remember their ethical responsibilities and said he hoped
to continue his predecessor's tradition of openness with the media."
Church and Media Seen as Colleagues, Not Foes (Zenit)|
"Archbishop Wilton Gregory, now head of the Atlanta Archdiocese, said Friday that 'given the extraordinary scope of the media in today's
world, the Church herself must be engaged in working collaboratively with this powerful source of information and influence.' In his
address entitled 'What Does the Church Expect from the Media?' the archbishop said: 'While there may well be moments of tension,
misunderstanding and differing perspectives with a particular component of the media, the Church cannot choose to ignore or fail to
employ the services of so powerful an institution of public benefit.'"
Media Urged to Be Committed to Truth and Human Dignity - Bishops of the Americas Hold Conference in Columbia (Zenit)|
"However, 'the media must also demonstrate its commitment to truth,' given the profound influence it exercises, as for many people, 'the
search for truth is linked to what they see in the media,' they said. 'When the media's commitment to truth is defective, then people's
judgments and conduct are likewise defective. For this reason, the Church feels especially committed to seeing that the media defends
ethical imperatives,' explained the prelates."
||Where Have You Gone Fulton Sheen? - Raymond Cleaveland|
"During the 1952 American Presidential campaign, Eisenhower ran commercials in selected cities across the
country. His opponent, Adlai Stevenson, did not employ television in his campaign strategy. He underestimated its power. TV was just
making its debut in America's living rooms, but it made the difference for Ike. It has for every politician in every country ever
||William Donohue - Media Savvy Catholic - Raymond Cleaveland|
"Last month, when Planned Parenthood protested the federal government decision to allow its employees in
27 Illinois counties to choose a Catholic health plan run by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Dr. William Donohue made
his voice heard..."