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Papal envoy blames TV for threatening family values

The Pope's representative at the 4th World Meeting on Families in Manila has urged delegates to reject secular lifestyles that threaten Christian family values, singling out television, which he said "jeopardises the parent's right to educate".

Cardinal Alfonzo Lopez Trujillo told an audience of about 5000 clergy, lay workers and faithful to come up with family policies against new lifestyles that take the form of "neo-paganism".

"One important aspect of those policies entails the need to orient and correct the communications media, particularly television, which enters into families like an intruder and jeopardises the parent's right to educate," said Cardinal Trujillo.

The Pope plans to address the gathering via a live satellite feed on Saturday.

Bangkok Post


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23 Jan 2003