Cardinal Raymond Burke

Cardinal Raymond Burke

April 30, 2012

Church communicators have an important and serious duty to obey Church teaching and defend the Church's mission of saving souls and safeguarding truth, said the head of the Vatican's highest court.

Caution as well as control over content and where it's distributed are needed because while the field of communications "has great potential for good," it "also can be turned to the harm of the faithful," said Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature.

Communicators should be guided and directed by pastors to make sure their content is free from doctrinal and theological error, and Catholics should avoid outlets that openly attack Christian morality, he added.

The cardinal spoke at a biennial seminar for people who work in the field of media and communications that was sponsored by Rome's Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.