Vatican preparing pronouncement on ethics and the Internet
Participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications are working this week on a statement on ethical issues related to use of the Internet.
Council President Archbishop John P. Foley told Vatican Radio that the Internet, like other means of communication, raises ethical concerns. The current initiative is part of a series of documents published by this pontifical council, which began with "Ethics in Advertising" (1997), and was followed by "Ethics in Communications" (2000).
During the week-long meeting, the participants also will reflect on the media's role in the celebration of the Jubilee Year.
Archbishop Foley suggested that the meeting was providing an opportunity to look at the way in which the media can respond to John Paul II's call in "Novo Millennio Ineunte," to look to the future.
"We must enter all the means of social communication to evangelise in two ways: to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in and through the media," Archbishop Foley said. "We must also think of our own media, as well as of a program for the formation of persons, within the media in general, to obtain a more comprehensive view of human life and its end -- not the consumerist view, spread throughout the world today, but [one] inspired by the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."