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Posted May 23, 2007

A Call for Accuracy, not only in the media,
but in everything we communicate

Vatican official: Media nonsense on religion
often reflects ignorance

By Catholic News Service

LONDON (CNS) -- The media spread "all types of nonsense" about religion, sometimes out of malice, but usually out of ignorance, said U.S. Archbishop John P. Foley.

While all Catholics have an obligation to share the saving love of Christ with others, Catholic communicators have an obligation "to be accurate and to help others to be accurate," the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said May 17 in London.

"This is not so much to evangelize or even to catechize, but -- if I may invent a word -- to 'accuratize,' to make sure that all who write or broadcast or blog have accurate information and do not, consciously or unconsciously, disseminate misinformation," he said.

Archbishop Foley was in London for a Mass in anticipation of the May 20 celebration of World Communications Day.

The archbishop asked everyone present at the Mass to communicate truth and to insist on accuracy in reporting on religion.

For Christians, he said, communicating truth also requires acting in accordance with the faith they profess, giving "continuing evidence of the faith that is in us, not ever seeking to impose it on others, but making it preeminently desirable by others."