Catholic Media Issues in India

Maybe some apply here in the US or elsewhere. What do you think? Father George Plathottam, media secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India thinks bloggers could spread professionalism to traditional media forms:

In a country enjoying press freedom, we are not using it as effectively as we ought to. We may have many periodicals, but many of them lack a sense of mission and professionalism.

Most of Catholic press is ‘pietistic’ and ‘propagandist’. They don’t focus on vital issues. We should see less of those and campaign for a more upfront, relevant and people-friendly press.

More creativity is needed:

The church is too clerical in structure, and unless we create space for creative people, laity, youth and women in particular, to bring in their passion and resourcefulness, the church cannot move forward in communication.

My parish is looking at its own traditional media forms. Like almost every North American parish, we print a weekly bulletin. But should we? Most of our students bypass them on the way out from Mass. Almost every resident parishioner is connected online. Would we be better off blogging or tweeting?

We all have scarce resources of time and talent. Sometimes priorities need to be readjusted. What would happen if your parish cut the Sunday bulletin? What would replace it? Would people notice?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to Catholic Media Issues in India

  1. My guess is that a lot of people would notice if we were to abandon bulletins. Blogging and tweeting would be a good way to connect those already connected, and should be pursued. Even so, they only draw in those already committed. That’s not to say that someone doesn’t develop a spur-of-the-moment interest, but for the most part, these methods are preaching to those already highly involved.

    The advantage of the bulletin, anncuncements at the end (or beginning) of Mass, or direct mail is being able to solicit participation. Among new media, Facebook has this capability, if the parish is proactive in inviting people into the parish’s group page.

    In general, I believe that the more venues you have for getting out a message, the better.

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