SATURDAY
March 17, 2001
volume 12, no. 76

Pope stresses importance of reflection on "Ethics in the Internet"



    ROME, 16 (NE) Pope John Paul II welcomed today participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, thanking them for their "support of the Church's diversified presence in the world of the media". "Over the years," the Pope said, "the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has acquired a very positive experience of cooperation with the international media in bringing the important events of the Church's life to people in all parts of the world."

    Recalling the council's document of June 2000, "Ethics in Communication," the Holy Father stressed that this document "sought to offer moral guidance regarding the use of the media, a varied and complex human reality in which ethical concerns are often subordinated to commercial interests." "I am pleased", he continued, "that in these days you have been considering a similar document on the theme of 'Ethics in the Internet', which would indeed be timely, given the rapid spread of cyber-communications and the many moral questions involved. The Church cannot be a mere spectator of the social results of technological advances."

    "The problems and opportunities created by new technology, by the process of globalization, by deregulation and privatization of the media present new ethical and indeed spiritual challenges to those who work in social communications. These challenges will be met effectively by those who accept that 'serving the human person, building up community, grounded in solidarity and justice and love, and speaking the truth about human life and its final fulfillment in God were, are and will remain at the heart of ethics in the media'."


March 17, 2001
volume 12, no. 76
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