Congress Analyzes Catholic Identity in Media

Be Catholic 1st, Bishop Says

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MADRID, Spain, OCT. 11, 2006 (Zenit.org).- A Catholic television professional is still first and foremost a Catholic, said the auxiliary bishop of Madrid at the World Congress of Catholic TV.



Bishop Eugenio Romero Pose said this Tuesday on the opening day of the international meeting of Catholic television professionals being held in Madrid, Oct. 10-12.

The event, which drew some 300 participants from 50 countries, is reflecting on Pope John Paul II's letter on the media, "The Rapid Development."

Bishop Romero addressed the topic of "What does it mean to be Catholic television?"

Regarding the identity of the Catholic communicator, he said that there are "aspects that cannot be given up, which mark the specificity of the presence of Catholics in television, reflect the notes inherent to Catholicity, change the means and unveil the identity of those who belong to the Church."

"We cannot relegate what we are -- our Catholic identity -- to second place in the use and utilization of the new technical creations that enable us to perceive the beauty and grandeur of creation," the prelate said.

Bishop Romero added that, "as in all ambits of life," Catholics in television and in all the media "will make patent their identity -- inseparable from their ecclesial membership -- and, in a singular way, will highlight the note of catholicity," a special exigency at present given the "disintegrating dangers of particularity, nationalism and subjectivism."

The prelate emphasized that "awareness of catholicity" is "what makes it possible not to fall into the subjective captivity" of totalitarian ideologies.

Antidote

Likewise, he said, the sense of catholicity "is the antidote so that the global Christian message will not run the risk or fall into the danger of the reductionism" of Christianity.

"Catholics do not offer the vision on man and the world as one more vision, but are mediators of the news and Christian message and, therefore, as Church, a necessary mediation for salvation," said the auxiliary bishop.

Moreover, "the affirmation of Catholicity is the one that keeps the principle of unity in variety ... The Christian communicator admits the unity between life, conduct and word," he added.

With these features, "a Catholic will put in the heart of the world, through communication, God himself, and transmit to the one who sees and listens to him, all that God -- truth, beauty and goodness -- wills so that man will be more human and attain the end for which he was created," said Bishop Romero.

The prelate said that "evangelization is never simply an intellectual communication or the result of programs and strategies," but rather a process of conversion.

The congress may be followed live online at: www.congresomundialtv.com.