What is the Church’s general attitude towards the media?
All means of communication are very important for society, and thus also for Catholic Social Ethics. Since Vatican Council II (Inter Mirifica 1-2), and especially with Pope John Paul II’s teachings and the testimony of his attitude towards journalists and communicators, the Church has stressed its positive outlook towards the media. At the same time, she continually calls for discernment, since “the world of mass media also has need of Christ’s redemption” (The Rapid Development, 4).
(Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 376; Redemptoris Missio, 37)