- May 30, 2020
The rise of media that call themselves Catholic but seem to exist only to judge others is less about criticizing Pope Francis and more about the misguided notion that to affirm one’s own orthodoxy, one must find someone to label a heretic, said a Vatican communications official.
Catholic media is needed more than ever, especially “in the wake of the decline of the Catholic school system and weakening of Catholic family life,” according to a leading Catholic journalist in India.
In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organizations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said.
The Catholic Media Network in the Philippines serves radio stations across the nation, and provides other news and information, plus music and children’s programming. Programming topics include agriculture, the environment, family issues, daily life, and youth-focused discussions. “Our best and most popular radio shows are the Mass and the liturgy,” said Father Francis Lucas, the network’s president.
“The Examiner,” the newsweekly of the Archdiocese of Bombay, tries to be a ‘newspaper of the people and among the people,’ providing a space for a loyal exchange and debate among diverse opinions, and promoting authentic dialogue, which is indispensable for the growth of the civic and Church communities.
Catholic news media might be the remedy for three of the greatest challenges facing the church in the United States today, according to Greg Erlandson, director and editor-in-chief of CNS. Catholic media has the power “to show that what God asks of us, what the church teaches, can be lived out in the real world,” he said.