Category Archives: Inter Mirifica

Inter Mirifica 10

Those who make use of the media of communications, especially the young, should take steps to accustom themselves to moderation and self-control in their regard. They should, moreover, endeavor to deepen their understanding of what they see, hear or read. … Continue reading

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Inter Mirifica 9

Passive recipients need not apply: All who, of their own free choice, make use of these media of communications as readers, viewers or listeners have special obligations. For a proper choice demands that they fully favor those presentations that are … Continue reading

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Inter Mirifica 8

Public opinion, not as a bellwether for politicians and such, but as a power which needs formation. It’s interesting that in talking with both liberals and conservatives, one aspect of common ground is the sense of powerlessness in shaping public … Continue reading

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Inter Mirifica 7

The bishops don’t necessarily condemn the depiction of evil, but they would draw the line at titillation: Finally, the narration, description or portrayal of moral evil, even through the media of social communication, can indeed serve to bring about a … Continue reading

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Inter Mirifica 6

The bishops make a case for the primacy of objective morality:  The second question deals with the relationship between the rights, as they are called, of art and the norms of morality. Since the mounting controversies in this area frequently take … Continue reading

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Inter Mirifica 5

Pardon the interruption of the past few days. We return to a look at the Vatican II decree on the media of social communications: It is, however, especially necessary that all parties concerned should adopt for themselves a proper moral … Continue reading

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Inter Mirifica 4

For the proper use of these media it is most necessary that all who employ them be acquainted with the norms of morality and conscientiously put them into practice in this area. They must look, then, to the nature of … Continue reading

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Inter Mirifica 3

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, … Continue reading

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Inter Mirifica 2

Modern methods of communication can be of great benefit, and of great harm when misused. This is nothing new. The Church recognizes that these media, if properly utilized, can be of great service to (humankind), since they greatly contribute to … Continue reading

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Inter Mirifica 1

Often overlooked with the promulgation of its big sister Sacrosanctum Concilium, Inter Mirifica, was actually the first council document promulgated, along with SC, at the end of the council’s second session in December 1963. The DECREE ON THE MEDIA OF … Continue reading

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