After the introduction, we head into Chapter I, titled, “On the Teaching of the Church.”
The Catholic Church, since it was founded by Christ our Lord to bear salvation to all (people) and thus is obliged to preach the Gospel, considers it one of its duties to announce the Good News of salvation also with the help of the media of social communication and to instruct (people) in their proper use.
The Church lays claim that it can utilize modern methods of communication, as indeed it did up to the time of the Council, and has continued since:
It is, therefore, an inherent right of the Church to have at its disposal and to employ any of these media insofar as they are necessary or useful for the instruction of Christians and all its efforts for the welfare of souls.
Clergy are to steer the laity to a good and proper application of the media. Note that the laity themselves are responsible for developing both the “human and Christian spirit” into these endeavors.
It is the duty of Pastors to instruct and guide the faithful so that they, with the help of these same media, may further the salvation and perfection of themselves and of the entire human family. In addition, the laity especially must strive to instill a human and Christian spirit into these media, so that they may fully measure up to the great expectations of (humankind) and to God’s design.
At the outset of this series, I asked if bloggers held ourselves to these principles. I confess that I read relatively little outside of Catholicism, and most of that would be among conservative blogs. I have no idea, really, if bloggers imitate the big guns of conservativism more than Christ. Those who comment on blogs would be no less bound to “instill a human and Christian spirit” into their contributions.
Before I get too much deeper into either this theme or Inter Mirifica, let me confess my own struggle with sarcasm and anger and such. I’ve posted things over the years I don’t think fit the bill the bishops are giving us. But I do think there’s value in Catholic bloggers holding one another to a very high standard of behavior and accountability. Do you?