Posts Tagged ‘Communications’

The focus of the Eucharistic Assembly

Monday, September 18th, 2023

Of all that happened in the liturgy in the aftermath of Vatican II, only two events were visible to most people. First, was the disappearance of Latin (which had become a de facto badge of identity for many Catholics), and the second was the fact that now the president of the Eucharistic assembly ‘faced the Read more

Does Pope Francis need an editor?

Thursday, December 8th, 2022

The pope’s interview last month with America, the Jesuit journal, was a textbook example of why the Vatican does not want the pope doing interviews. The pope poked the Russian bear in the nose, gave a convoluted response to why women cannot be priests and even had a muddled response to a question on racism Read more

Reformed communications, Vatican-style

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

During the long reign of Pope John Paul II the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, was regularly derided as the church’s version of Pravda – the propaganda rag that the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union disseminated each day under the banner of “Truth.” The Vatican paper, which had devolved into a receptacle of Read more

Improved communications would help the Vatican

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The resignations of two bishops on child sex abuse allegations in the past six weeks and the Vatican’s handling of these latest cases has again prompted questions on how the world’s oldest monarchy handles controversy: It ignores it. In both cases – a nuncio to the Dominican Republic and, most recently, an auxiliary bishop in Read more

The Church and its message

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ve commented once or twice or 429 times about how the Catholic Church around the world, and in Australia and New Zealand in particular, often fails to adequately communicate the message of Jesus Christ to the faithful, not to mention to non-Catholics. It’s hardly a view Read more

Church in NZ missing out on communications opportunities

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
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The revolution in communications media presents a wonderful opportunity that the Church has been slow to grasp. Until the 1990s, access to the general population through the media was controlled by the gatekeepers of newspapers, radio and television. Now this barrier has been bypassed by the new media — Internet-based, available to everyone, faster and cheaper Read more

Vatican juggles communications to use new technologies

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Vatican radio is reducing is use of Short and Medium Wave radio transmissions to most of Europe and the United States, and replace them with new communications technologies. The move, announced by Director General of Vatican Radio, Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ, is to happen on July 1. Lombardi said newer developments in communications technology meant Read more

Catholic communicators must obey church teaching, US cardinal says

Monday, April 23rd, 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,” Read more

Violent protests, a kiss-in, pro-condom lobby and hackers ‘greet’ Pope at WYD

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Pilgrims will not be likely to forget the 2011 Madrid World Youth Day in a hurry. Any event that gathers 1.5 – 2 million young people together to celebrate their faith is a huge success, and whether it be the intense heat, untimely rain and wind or the growth in faith, the atmosphere of the Read more

Marshall McLuhan: The future of the future is the present

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Marshall McLuhan, was a convert to catholicism and described by one of his colleagues as “a mystic Catholic humanist”. And if the man who coined the phrase “the medium is the message” were alive today, there isn’t much that would surprise him — not the Internet, or Google, or Twitter, or WikiLeaks, or even the phone-hacking Read more