The Church and Internet Pontifical Council for Social Communications Groundings #1 Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D.Min.
Church Structures & Documents AS (Arch) Diocese (Episcopal Conferences) (Vatican Councils/Commissions (Vatican Offices) Benedict XVI
Vatican Documents Encyclicals Apostolic Exhortations Pastoral Instruction Apostolic Letters Statements Episcopal Conference Country Pastoral Letters Statements Diocesan Bishop Synod Document Pastoral Letter Statement Types of Church (Ecclesial)Documents
Church’s Historical AttitudeMedia Miranda Proprus – Encyclical 1957 – Pious XII Communio et Progressio – 1971 – Paul VI
Progress (Kingdom) Human Development Human Dignity Justice & Peace Dialogue – honest and respectful Solidarity Re-occurring themes in Church Communication Documents
Significant Church Communications Documents 20th – 21st Century Rapid Development (2005) Apostolic Letter (WDC)- John Paul II New Technologies – Relationships (2006) Apostolic Letter (WDC) – Benedict XVI Church and the Internet (2002) Pastoral Instruction - PCSC Inter Mirifica (1963) (Decree on Social Communications) Ethics and the Internet Pastoral Instruction - PCSC Communio et Progressio (1971) Pastoral Instruction on Social Communications) Evangelii Nuntiandi Encyclical on Evangelization General Directory for Catechesis (1997) Congregation for the Clergy Aetatis Novae (1992) Pastoral Instruction Pontifical Council for Social Communication Catechesis Tradendae Apostolic Exhortation – Catechesis in Our Times Redemptoris Missio Encyclical on The Missionary Activity of the Church
Foundation for the Church’s Concern about Communications
God continues to communicate with the world through the Church.
Therefore, “the Church’s practice of communication should be exemplary…”
The Church would feel guilty before the Lord if it failed to use the media for evangelization. (Communio et Progressio – Paul VI)
“It is necessary to integrate the message into the ‘new culture’ created by modern communications.” ( CP)
Communication in and by the Church is essentially Communication about…
Opportunities Two-way communication Education – Formation Missionary activity of the Church Administration within the Church Challenges Indifferent and hostile Confusing with diverse opinions – with uniformed Need pastoral communication plans Virtual reality vs Real Presence No Sacraments on the Internet Explores Opportunities and Challenges
Use the Internet - Church’s Mission Explore new ways to dialogue Formulate Pastoral Plans for Communications Establish review boards for monitoring unofficial Catholic websites. Integrate training for priests and Church ministers For those in Communications ministry – nurture a spiritual life Educators and catechists Parents Young Children Recommendations
Prudence See implications Justice Digital divide and solidarity Fortitude Courage for facing truth Temperance Use wisely and only for the good Virtues to be Cultivated
Christ is the ‘perfect communicator’ the norm and model for us!