Monday, September 26, 2011

This makes me think... about what I say & hear...

All communication has a moral dimension. As the Lord himself has said, it is from the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks (cf Mt. 12: 34-35). People grow or diminish in moral stature by the words which they speak and the messages which they choose to hear...

In view of their great power to shape ideas and influence behavior, professional communicators should recognize that they have a moral responsibility... to exercise wisdom, good judgement, and fairness...

The Second Vatican Council reminded us, 'If the media is to correctly employed, it is essential that all who use them know the principles of moral order and apply them faithfully (Inter Mirifica, par. 4)'.

-- Blessed John Paul II, Message for the 38th World Communications Day, 2004.

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