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CATHOLIC VOICES began with a single aim: to ensure that Catholics and the Church were well represented in the media when Pope Benedict came to the UK in September 2010. Inspired by that visit, it has …

CATHOLIC VOICES began with a single aim: to ensure that Catholics and the Church were well represented in the media when Pope Benedict came to the UK in September 2010. Inspired by that visit, it has become much more: a school of a new Christian humanism; and the laboratory of a new kind of apologetics.

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  • 1. How to defend the faithwithout raising your voice
  • 2. A project for thePapal Visit to UK inSeptember 2010
  • 3. Feb 2010: Selection of speakers
  • 4. Mar-Jul 2010: Training – briefing sessions
  • 5. • Equality Legislation and Freedom of Conscience• The Church and Politics• Social Teaching of the Church• Clerical Sexual Abuse• Population, Development, AIDS• The purpose of human sexuality• The Church and Science• Abortion / stem-cell research / assisted dying• The Papacy / The Vatican / Cost of the visit• Pius XII, anti-Semitism
  • 6. Mar-Jul 2010: Training – media skills
  • 7. • Understand role of media• Media hold people and institutions to account, including the Church• Media have the right to ask hard questions
  • 8. Sep 2010: Presentation to media
  • 9. 16-19 Sep 2010: Papal Visit - 100 programmes
  • 10. • Angry: media are against us, us and them• Defensive: appeal to our freedom• Superficial: overcoming crisis without using it
  • 11. It’s not a question of surviving the storm but of dancing in the rain!
  • 12. …it had never occurred to me that behind eachquestion, however hostile, there is always avalue and that most times it’s a Christian value…
  • 13. • Understand case against the Church• Find positive intention• Agree with positive intention• Start your response there
  • 14. 1. Look for positive intention behind the criticism2. Shed light, not heat3. People won’t remember what you said as much as how you made them feel4. Show, don’t tell5. Think in triangles6. Be positive7. Be compassionate8. Check your facts but avoid robotics9. It’s not about you10. Witnessing, not winning
  • 15. • 2010 in London• 2011 in Leeds• 2012 in Bristol• 2013 …
  • 16. • Blessing from local bishops• People from different groups, organisations and parishes (excluding those alienated from the authorities)• Positive attitude to the media (10 principles)
  • 17. 300 applications, 71 interviews, 20 speakers, 8 weeks training,54 appearances in media…
  • 18. www.catholicvoices.org.uk
  • 19.  Use non-religious arguments Not based on condemnation of homosexuality
  • 20.  Not about equality, or gay rights Not about extending marriage to homosexuals but about redefining marriage A redefinition of marriage affects us all What is marriage and why the state supports it Many ways to bring up children but one is supported by the government
  • 21. Survey on attitudes Agree Disagree Don’t % % knowMarriage is important to society and should be 68 19 13promoted by the stateAlthough death or divorce may prevent it, children 84 9 7have the best chance in life if raised by their ownmother and father in a stable, committed relationshipStable relationships between same-sex couples 59 23 18should be legally recognised through the civilpartnership schemeMarriage should continue to be defined as a life-long 70 22 9exclusive commitment between a man and a woman
  • 22. 25 media interventions
  • 23. • Revive the art of apologetics for the era of 24-hour news• Make Catholics confident in communication• Spread idea of the vocation of the Catholic communicator
  • 24. The Church needs your voice

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