Today, we look at some possible initiatives in modern communications media. Before we get to them, a dose of reality:
497. The gospel values must be communicated in a positive and forward looking manner. Many say they are unhappy not so much with the content of Church teaching, but with the way it is presented.
Accurate insight. Wasn’t it Fulton Sheen that said people aren’t anti-Catholic so much as anti-however they saw Catholicism in their experience and from poor examples?
Hence in drawing up pastoral plans we want to:
a) Foster the formation of a laity able to act as true ecclesial agent and competent interlocutor between Church and society, and society and Church.
That formation involves a recognition of baptism as a sacrament of vocation.
b) Optimize the use of Catholic media, making them more active and effective, whether for communicating the faith or for dialogue between the Church and society.
North of Latin America we have our moments here. We can do better cleaning up the fringes.
As John Paul II would encourage us:
c) Work with artists, athletes, fashion professionals, journalists, communicators, and media hosts, and with those who produce information in the media, such as intellectuals, professors, community and religious leaders.
d) Restore the role of the priest as opinion shaper.
… I find myself a bit more skeptical about. Part of the formation and guidance support for the laity. But theological, ethical, moral guidance is well taken from other lay people as well.
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.