Summary of Inter Mirifica – Decree on the Means of Social Communication. By: Deacon Ed Shefffer. Inter Mirifica translated means Among the Wonderful. 22 Apr A summary of the Second Vatican Council’s Inter Mirifica. 15 Nov VATICAN CITY — Much has changed in the world of social communications since the promulgation 50 years ago of Inter Mirifica (The Means of.

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It is, further, the duty of the civil authorities to give assistance to those projects which, although very useful, especially for the young, could not succeed otherwise.

This aim could seem to be at odds with the notion of sectarian media, which can encourage the cultural insularity or defensiveness that the Council sought to abandon. Finally, care must be taken to prepare literary, film, radio, television and other critics, who will be equipped with the best skills in their own crafts and trained and encouraged to render judgments which always put moral issues in their proper light.

An important page in the history of the Church was written fifty years ago this coming December, as the images stored in this Vatican Film Library clip show. Among these circumstances to be considered is the precise manner in which a given medium achieves its effect.

In such instances, however, care must be taken that their programs are outstanding for their standards of excellence and achievement. I do not think that this opportunity, however, has entirely passed.

In addition, the manner in which the news is communicated should be proper and decent. Both are necessary for a Catholic media apostolate to be successful. To speed this along catechetical manuals should present and explain Catholic mirifcia and regulations on this matter. These may be on a simple scale, as migifica voice for the bishop or superior to communicate, or on a grander scale, with a newspaper or magazine or even a TV or radio station. It is for the civil authority, in its own domain, to defend and safeguard-especially in relation to the press-a true and just freedom of information, for the progress of modern society demands it.

Aggregation or interconnection is but a minimal condition for coordinating Catholic media into a significant cultural force.

Its impact may be such that people, especially if they are insufficiently prepared, will only with difficulty advert to it, lnter it, or if need be, reject it.

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IM, 19 The bishops would have jurisdiction over all social communication media in their diocese, even those managed by religious orders. Views Read Edit View history.

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The Internet, after all, increasingly is oriented toward the formation of self-identifying communities, yet in a way that is open to a broader audience. IM, 22 Such large-scale coordination recognizes the practical necessity of pooling resources to create programming with national or even international reach.

The circumstances can modify and even totally alter the morality of a production.

Commentary on Inter Mirifica

Special care should be taken to safeguard young people from printed matter and performances which may be harmful at their age. It is the Church’s birhtright to use and own any of these media which are necessary or useful for the formation of Christians and for pastoral activity. Quite the contrary, the earlier films and magazines that worked under the code had to come up with more creative and sophisticated narratives in order to engage audiences, since many cheap, obvious sensual mirifia were not available for use.

They need the instruction and practical experience if morifica are to use the media properly. To provide for the needs just set forth, priests, religious and laymen who are equipped with the proper skills for adapting these media to the objectives of the apostolate should be appointed promptly.

If the media are to be correctly employed, it is essential that all who use them know the principles of the moral order and apply them faithfully in this domain.

Whatever the reason for this prevalence, its effect is vitiated by the disconnectedness and lack of coordination among the private sites. They should ensure that religious features are entrusted to serious and competent persons mirifuca are handled with proper respect.

The second question bears on the relation between the rights of art-to use a current expression-and the moral law. If only they understood that the lovers of virtue reject what is base not out of fear, but because it has no more appeal than any other childish thing.

Therefore, ijter society men have a right to information, in accord with the circumstances in each case, about matters concerning individuals or the community. They should be asked to pray for the success of the Church’s apostolate in this field and to contribute toward it, their contributions to be scrupulously employed for the support and the further development of the projects which the Church has initiated in view of the needs of the entire Church.

Inter Mirifica and the Changing World of Communication

In all, it took only 12 minutes to be adopted with 1, votes in favour and against. Such a press-whether immediately fostered and directed by ecclesiastical authorities or by Catholic laymen-should be edited with the clear purpose of forming, supporting and advancing public opinion in accord with natural law and Catholic teaching and precepts.

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Lastly, literary critics and critics of films, radio, television and the rest should be carefully prepared so that they will be fully competent in their respective spheres and will be trained and encouraged to give due consideration to morality in their critiques. To this end, professional codes of moral practice, such as those adopted by the film and comics industries in the mid-twentieth century largely due to Catholic influencecan help normalize good moral content and prevent individual producers from obtaining an unfair business advantage over those exercising responsible restraint.

This led to Inter Mirifica being one of the most difficult conciliar documents to be approved: Given the slight content of Inter MirificaI will confine my commentary to its brief remarks on the relationship between freedom of communication and public morality, followed by my own suggestions about how the principles described might be applied to the unforeseen medium of the Internet.

Comments are published at our discretion. Hence, this sacred Synod, attentive to the watchful concern manifested by the Supreme Pontiffs and Bishops in a matter of such great importance, judges it to be its duty to treat of the principal questions linked with the media of social communication.

Indeed, the media of Western democracies has become so frequently hostile to Christianity, that the Catholic media may serve as a needed voice not only for Catholics, but for all Christians, to counterbalance relentlessly negative and false characterizations of the faith and its adherents.

Still, the decree at least set the groundwork for possible future action by clarifying the lines of ecclesiastical responsibility for social communications.

There is nothing sadder than a child with his Walkman locked into his own little world, oblivious to everyone and everything around him. By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our discussion unter.

Summary of Inter Mirifica

It is essential that all those involved should form a correct conscience on the use of the media, especially with regard to certain issues which are particularly controversial today.

There were at that time, and even much earlier, individuals who were engaged in doing just that: Freedom of information, especially that of the press, is made necessary in order to act for social and political good. This text was then discussed by the Council Fathers towards the end of the First Session of the Council.