Media Criticism

March 15, 2006

Here is a story about Vatican official urging the Church to praise more and criticize less the media: The World Seen From Rome. In a homily Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, mentioned Luke 6:36-37 when Jesus said, "Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven." Foley then stated:

"As many of us know all too well ... the communications community has often expected and too often received from the Church more condemnation than commendation, more negative criticism than positive affirmation. The fact that the Church has often been correct in its criticisms has not diminished their sting. ... The fact that many good productions have gone unrecognized has intensified the hurt from the criticisms."

Amen! We need more church leaders like this. Maybe then we would see more positive messages communicated about our beliefs.