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Archive for June 8th 2010

The recent Catholic Media Convention in New Orleans brought together bishops and journalists to discuss the future of the Catholic press. In attendance was Archbishop Claudio Celli, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  After listening to the bishops’ discussion, he was moved to offer these closing remarks.

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The role of the Catholic press is a complicated one, as newspapers and magazines work to balance the desire to spread the Good News, with the responsibility to report truthfully on the not-so-good news in which our church sometimes finds itself involved. To address this complex role, the annual Catholic Media Convention brought together journalists and bishops for a panel discussion on what it means to be a faithful Catholic media organization in the 21st century, paying special attention to diocesan papers, many of which have seen drastic cuts in staff or budgets in recent years.

In preparation for the discussion, conference attendees formed small groups which presented questions and concerns—regarding issues of autonomy when reporting the news, obtaining sufficient financial backing to produce quality newspapers, and media training for bishops—that were collected and put before the four panelists: Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, Bishop Ronald Herzog of Alexandria, La., and Bishop Thomas Doran of Rockford, Ill. The discussion was moderated by Dominic Perry of the U.S.C.C.B.

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