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Vatican communications head says many learn morality from media, not Gospel

Archbishop John P Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, has told an audience in the US that it is from the media, and not from the Gospel, that many people today derive their own moral standards.

The archbishop was giving a homily last Wednesday during the meeting of the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals (part of UNDA USA) in which he told them they need to be dedicated not only to quality productions but to higher moral standards in the entertainment industry.

He said that he is particularly troubled by two recent developments in mass communications - growing moral permissiveness and increasing deregulation. He described "an attempt to take for granted, justify and even glamorise lifestyles which are certainly not those advocated by a loving Jesus."

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Pontifical Council for Social Communications
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23 Oct 2002