DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     July 20, 1999     vol. 10, no. 134

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THE MEDIA CANNOT PERVERT GOD'S GIFT

U.S. Episcopal Video Against Pornography

          ROME, JUL 18 (ZENIT).- In a video produced by the U.S. National Council of Catholic Bishops, the Bishops make a strong appeal that no efforts be spared to combat violence and pornography, which at present saturate Internet, television, and other media. The video is entitled, "Renewing the Mind of the Media: Overcoming the Exploitation of Sex and Violence in Communications." It is a complement to the document with the same title, approved by the Bishops in their June 1998 meeting.

          In the document, for the first time the Bishops addressed, specifically, the problem of violence and pornography in the media. They pointed out that "the media has such potential to inspire the life of countless people with truth and beauty, that we cannot allow it to become a venue for those who want to pervert the gift God has given us of the body and sexuality."

          After praising the media for its capacity to "inform and entertain," it warned against "its inordinate interest in producing shows whose content is extremely violent and pornographic."

          The video includes the comments of three national religious leaders: Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore, representing the Religious Alliance against Pornography; Rev. Eileen Linder, Assistant Secretary General of the Christian Union for the National Council of Churches; and Jerry Kirk, President of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families.

          Cardinal Keeler speaks about the devaluation of human sexuality and respect for the human person. "When this happens, a thread of the fabric that maintains society united is rent."

          Jerry Kirk warns against the unlimited and uncontrolled access to Internet by adolescents and very young children. "It is the death of our children's innocence. They do not have the chance to grow up without being exposed to pornography."

          Rev. Linder points out that "violence is so pervasive in the media that society is insensitive to it. There is no longer a shock effect."

          The video can be ordered from the National Council of Catholic Bishops on their web site: http://www.nccbuscc.org/opps/media.htm. ZE99071802


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July 20, 1999       volume 10, no. 134
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