Vatican to publish two documents about Internet
The Vatican is set to publish a document on ethical issues arising from the Internet, along with another more pragmatic text on pastoral opportunities for the Church on Internet.
Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, announced the new documents on Saturday at a congress organised by the Italian bishops' conference on Internet.
John Paul II applauded the council's initiative, stating that such a document "would, indeed, be very timely, given the rapid spread of cyber-communications and the many moral questions involved."
The document follows the publications Ethics in Social Communications (2000) and Ethics in Advertising (1997).
"The Church cannot be a mere spectator of the social results of technological advances, which have such decisive effects on people's lives," the Pope has said. "Ethics in Internet can be of great help to the Church's pastors and faithful in facing the many challenges of the emerging media culture."