Summary of Inter Mirifica – Decree on the Means of Social Communication. By: Deacon Ed Shefffer. Inter Mirifica translated means Among the Wonderful. 22 Apr A summary of the Second Vatican Council’s Inter Mirifica. 15 Nov VATICAN CITY — Much has changed in the world of social communications since the promulgation 50 years ago of Inter Mirifica (The Means of.

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May 15, The name of the Lord will thus be glorified by these modern inventions as it was in former times by the masterpieces of art; as the apostle said: The vote on November 25, expressed this concern, as it garnered the highest number of negative itner of any proposed Conciliar Document: In addition, the laity especially must strive to instill a human and Christian spirit into these media, so that they may fully measure up to the great expectations of mankind and to God’s design.

Mirifjca the same time, the Synod earnestly mirifoca those organizations and individuals who possess financial and technical ability to support these media freely and generously with their resources and their skills, inasmuch as they contribute to genuine culture and the apostolate.

Zane hopes this adage holds true for philosophy as well, for Zane will happily settle being a lousy writer and a poor philosopher until the day he dies. But as a whole it cannot be said that the local miricica universal Church effectively used social communication; rather, that this was generally the province of individuals with foresight and zeal.

Summary of Inter Mirifica

Only in this intwr can the aggregated sites serve as a coherent cultural voice. This proposal was heartily approved with 2, Fathers voting in favour, only 15 against, and 7 abstentions. To make the Church’s multiple apostolate in the field of social communication more effective, a day is to be set aside each year in every diocese, at the miricica discretion, on which the faithful will be reminded of their duties in this domain.

These may be on a simple scale, as a voice for the bishop or superior to communicate, or on a grander scale, with a newspaper or magazine or even a TV or radio station. However, such a structure does not address the influence that even a bishop-approved broadcast might have on other dioceses.

The Church, our mother, knows that if these media are properly used they can be of considerable benefit to mankind. At the very least, it would be desirable for Catholics to have the ability to define themselves and their positions, rather than to have these constantly conveyed through the distorted lens of a generally hostile secular media.

The Council recognizes that modern mass media require vast expenses in time and money, yet nonetheless exhorts Catholics to maintain and assist Catholic media.

The Catholic Church was founded by Christ our Lord to bring salvation to all men. Since the effectiveness of these media reaches beyond national boundaries and has an impact on individual members of the whole human family, national offices should co-operate among themselves on an international plane. The offices spoken of in Number 21 should assiduously work together with their own international Catholic associations.

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The influence of the means of social communication extends beyond national frontiers, making individuals citizens of the world, as it were. Over 70 drafts of Inter mirifica were prepared, yet out of all of these drafts, only nine were ready for final approval from the Vatican Council. One should take steps to ensure that it contributes to the human and moral formation of its audiences. At the same time, it earnestly invites groups or individuals who wield influence in technology or the economic field to give generously of their resources and of their knowledge for the support of the media, provided they are at the service of authentic culture and of the apostolate.

It is quite unbecoming for the Church’s children idly to permit the message of salvation to be thwarted or impeded by the technical delays or expenses, however vast, which are encountered by the very nature of these media. In all, it took only 12 minutes to be adopted with 1, votes in favour and against. I do not think that this opportunity, however, has entirely passed. They should aim to understand fully what they see, hear and read.

This means that in the gathering and in the publication of news, the moral law and the legitimate rights and dignity of man should be upheld. Further, it should be communicated honestly and properly. For this reason, the Council reminds them that they have the obligation to sustain and assist Catholic newspapers, periodicals, film-projects, radio and television stations and programs.

They ought, however, to void those that may be a cause or occasion of spiritual harm to themselves, or that can lead others into danger through base example, or that hinder desirable presentations and promote those that are evil.

A further document, Aetatis Novaewas published in Nevertheless, in the final vote on December 4, and in the presence of Pope Paul VI, this negative reaction had diminished to votes against. What advice would you give to a family trying to raise children in a media culture? On the Kirifica Activity of the Church Analysis. They should be asked to pray for ijter success of the Church’s apostolate in this field and to contribute toward it, their contributions to be scrupulously employed for the support and the further development of the projects which the Church has initiated in view of the needs of the entire Church.

First of all, a responsible press should be encouraged. Thank you for keeping this forum thoughtful and respectful. The most important of these inventions are those media which, such as the press, movies, radio, television and the like, can, of their very nature, reach and influence, not only individuals, but the very masses and the whole of human society, and thus can rightly be called the media of social communication.


Any moderately successful venture will incur considerable cost, so at some point Catholics must be willing to make significant financial contributions to online media, or their voice will remain split across millions of small sites, none of which has significant cultural cachet to counterbalance the conglomerates.

Retrieved from ” https: The circumstances can modify and even totally alter the morality of a production. I would have to say that today, as before the Council, God continues to inspire individual Catholics, lay, religious and clerical, to make use of the means of social communications to reach the world.

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The document’s immediate reception was fairly negative [22] The document was heavily criticized for falling short of expectations, as well as failing to provide any new or different thoughts or instructions on social communications. Moreover, the Fathers of the Council, freely acceding to the wish of the “Secretariat for the Supervision of Publications and Entertainment,” reverently request that the Sovereign Pontiff extend the duties and competence of this office to include all media of social communication, including the press, and that experts from various countries be named to it, including laymen.

For the purpose of better achieving this mirrifica, they are to be commended when they join professional associations, which-even under a code, if necessary, of sound moral practice-oblige their members to show respect for morality in the duties and tasks of their craft.

They should be invited to pray and contribute funds for this cause. It has mjrifica advantage, as a term, of wider connotation – all communication is social but not all communication is “mass”. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Thus, as was the case with ancient works of art, the name of the Lord may be glorified by these new discoveries in accordance with those words of the Apostle: The Council decreed that there should be established national offices for press, films, radio and television, and that these are to be entrusted to a special committee of bishops.

A special office of the Iter See is at the disposal of the Sovereign Pontiff in the exercise ijter his supreme pastoral responsibility for the means of social communication. They should take into account, nirifica of all, the subject matter, or content, which each medium communicates in its own way. The Council Fathers, however, willingly grant the wish of the Secretariat for the Press and Entertainments and respectfully request the Supreme Pontiff to extend the duties and competence of this office to all the media of social communications, including the press and to appoint experts to it, including laymen, from various countries.