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  • PART FOUR THOSE TO BE CATECHIZED
    • CHAPTER V Catechesis in the socio-cultural context
        • The media of communication
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The media of communication

209. Intrinsically connected with the question of language is that of the means of communication. One of the most effective and pervasive means is the mass media. "The very evangelization of modern culture depends to a great extent on the influence of the media". (120)

While not repeating what has already been said of the mass media elsewhere, (121) some indications are proposed as useful in inculturation: a greater appreciation of the media for their specific communication quality, while realizing the importance of balancing the language of image and that of word; the safeguarding of the genuine religious meaning of selected forms of expression; the promotion of critical maturity among audiences, stimulating them to a deep, personal discernment of what has been received from the media; the production of catechetical aids congruent with this aim and the effective co-operation of all those engaged in pastoral initiatives. (122)

210. The catechism and, above all, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is central to the process of inculturation, and it must be used so as to evince a "vast range of services... which aim at inculturation, which, to be effective, must never cease to be true". (123)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church expressly calls for the preparation of appropriate local catechisms, incorporating those adaptations required by difference of culture, age, spirituality and in the social and ecclesial situations of those to whom catechesis is addressed. (124)




120) RM 37.



121) Cf. Part III, chap. 2.



122) Cf. DCG (1971), 123.



123) John Paul II, to the members of COINCAT l.c.



124) CCC 24; John Paul II, Fidei Depositum 4.






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