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Week of May 15, 2006
Media must not debase family life, human love
Pope Benedict called on the media to 'be the protagonist of truth and promoter of the peace
By CAROL GLATZ
"These are distortions that occur when the media industry becomes self-serving or solely profit-driven."
- Pope Benedict
"Do not our hearts cry out, most especially, when our young people are subjected to debased or false expressions of love which ridicule the God-given dignity of every human person and undermine family interests?" the pope asked in his written message.
Communicators and the entertainment industry should work with parents and "assist in the difficult but sublimely satisfying vocation of bringing up children, through presenting edifying models of human life and love."
The pope cautioned against presenting information to the public in such a way that it became homogenized and muffled creativity, oversimplified complex ideas or glossed over cultural or religious diversity.
There were "certain tendencies within the media," he said, that breed "a kind of monoculture that dims creative genius, deflates the subtlety of complex thought and undervalues the specificity of cultural practices and the particularity of religious beliefs," he said.
"These are distortions that occur when the media industry becomes self-serving or solely profit-driven, losing the sense of accountability to the common good," the pope said.
He called on today's media "to be responsible - to be the protagonist of truth and promoter of the peace that ensues."
Authentic communication requires courage and resolve based on ethical and moral principles, Pope Benedict said. Communicators must not "wilt under the weight of so much information nor even . . . be content with partial or provisional truths."
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