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"The Catholic Church was founded by Christ our Lord to bring salvation to all men. She feels obligated, therefore, to preach the Gospel. In the same way, she believes that her task involves employing the means of social communication to announce the good news of salvation and to teach men how to use them properly."

The Urgent Call to Evangelization,
Father John A. Hardon, S.J.


"These important tools of communication can favor reciprocal knowledge and dialogue, or on the contrary, they can fuel prejudice and disdain between individuals and peoples; they can contribute to spreading peace or fomenting violence."

Pope Benedict XVI Vatican - Sunday May 8, 2005 (The World Communications Day)

"If it doesn't happen on television, it doesn't happen."

Pope John Paul II

The purpose of the media is to "contribute to men’s entertainment and instruction as well as to the spread and support of the Kingdom of God." Church teachings and regulations in regard to the media "serve to promote not only the eternal welfare of Christians, but also the progress of all mankind."


"…the first means of evangelization is the witness of an authentically Christian life, given over to God in a communion that nothing should destroy and at the same time given to one's neighbor with limitless zeal. As we said recently to a group of lay people, "Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses." St. Peter expressed this well when he held up the example of a reverent and chaste life that wins over even without a word those who refuse to obey the word. It is therefore primarily by her conduct and by her life that the Church will evangelize the world, in other words, by her living witness of fidelity to the Lord Jesus – the witness of poverty and detachment, of freedom in the face of the powers of this world, in short, the witness of sanctity."

Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI

"…the Church keeps her missionary spirit alive, and even wishes to intensify it in the moment of history in which we are living. She feels responsible before entire peoples. She has no rest so long as she has not done her best to proclaim the Good News of Jesus the Savior."

Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI

"It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times – signs willed by God – which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history."

Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI

"Like Christ during the time of His preaching, like the Twelve on the morning of Pentecost, the Church too sees before her an immense multitude of people who need the Gospel and have a right to it, for God ‘wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth.’ "

Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI

Archbishop Foley urged young writers to never lose sight of two things: "We have a God-given dignity, an eternal destiny and a continuing moral responsibility" and "we have an obligation to always tell the truth." He also underscored four norms that must guide the work of a journalist. Never, never, never tell a lie or be guilty of writing or broadcasting a deliberate untruth; investigate to know the truth and not be guided by preconceptions or prejudices but by fact;" "be very careful with the reputation of others" and "assiduous in examining public records" as this "can be most useful and informative for the general public."

Archbishop John Foley, President of the
Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Vatican City, October 11, 2004

"Because of the unceasing ferocious dishonest attacks against the Catholic Church and its teaching, Catholics must enter the media on all levels. They must provide sound doctrine, and authentic Catholics must co-operate with each other. Catholics must evangelize through print, film, radio, television, and now the Internet. The first medium is print. It is not necessarily the most influential, but it is the most lasting and so it has the most lasting influence."

Catholics Must Enter the Media – Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

"Jesus is the model and the standard of our communicating. For those involved in social communication, whether as policy makers or professional communicators or recipients or in any other role, the conclusion is clear: ‘Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another... Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear’ (Eph 4:25,29). Serving the human person, building up human community grounded in solidarity and justice and love, and speaking the truth about human life and its final fulfillment in God were, are, and will remain at the heart of ethics in the media."

Ethics in Communications – Archbishop John P. Foley

"The first discernible effect of electronics media—telephone and telegraph, radio and television, radar and computer, photography and film and their derivatives—has been to collectivize those who come under their influence. Words like ‘tribalization’ and ‘mass participation’ vaguely suggest something of what is happening. Simultaneously millions of people find themselves equally involved in seeing and hearing and feeling the influence of a single man or woman—or a single event—with whom (or which) they establish instant rapport. This is one side of the involvement. Instinctively they also sense that unseen multitudes of others are equally captivated by the same experience, which now takes on cosmic proportions."

Christianity and the Communications Revolution – Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

"Either we Catholics use and exploit these media in the interests of the apostolate, or the situation of the Church and, for our present subject, lapsed Catholics, and the loss of Catholic commitment will only increase. It will not abate, not in a media-dominated country like the United States."

How Should Catholics Be Retrieved? – Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

"Catholics have to wake up to their grave responsibility in the modern world; they must be aroused from their sleep of lethargy in allowing the media to be mainly untapped for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom in our day."

The Urgent Call to Evangelization – Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Catholic Faith, 1995

"...we encourage the pastors and people of the Church to deepen their understanding of issues relating to communications and media, and to translate their understanding into practical policies and workable programs."

Pastoral Instruction, Aetatis Novae, 3
Pontifical Council on Social Communications

"The unity and advancement of men living in society: these are the chief aims of social communication and of the means it uses…the way men live and think is profoundly affected by the means of communication.…(S)ocial communication can contribute a great deal to human unity. If, however, men’s minds and hearts are ill disposed, if good will is not there, this outpouring of technology may produce an opposite effect, so that there is less understanding and discord, and as a result evils are multiplied. Too often we have to watch social communications used to contradict or corrupt the fundamental values of human life"

Pastoral Instruction on the Means of Social Communication
Communio et Progressio, January 29, 1971

"2467     Man tends by nature toward the truth. He is obliged to honor and bear witness to it: ‘It is in accordance with their dignity that all men, because they are persons…are both impelled by their nature and bound by a moral obligation to seek the truth, especially religious truth. They are also bound to adhere to the truth once they come to know it and direct their whole lives in accordance with the demands of truth.’ "

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, p.592

"2494     The information provided by the media is at the service of the common good.285 Society has a right to information based on truth, freedom, justice, and solidarity:

The proper exercise of this right demands that the content of the communication be true and – within the limits set by justice and charity – complete. Further, it should be communicated honestly and properly. This means that in the gathering and in the publication of news, the moral law and the legitimate rights and dignity of man should be upheld.286"

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, p.597

"2498     ‘Civil authorities have particular responsibilities in this field because of the common good….It is for the civil authority…to defend and safeguard a true and just freedom of information.’ 288 By promulgating laws and overseeing their application, public authorities should ensure that ‘public morality and social progress are not gravely endangered’ through misuse of the media.289 Civil authorities should punish any violation of the rights of individuals to their reputation and privacy. They should give timely and reliable reports concerning the general good or respond to the well-founded concerns of the people. Nothing can justify recourse to disinformation for manipulating public opinion through the media. Interventions by public authority should avoid injuring the freedom of individuals or groups."

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, p.598

"The machine, the microphone, the screen are our pulpit. The printing plant, the production, projection, and broadcasting studios are our Church."

Blessed James Alberione (Society of St. Paul)

"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).