Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Saturday, February 13, 2016
CYO Football 2015 2015 Priest Reassignments, Archdiocese of Portland Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

Mt Angel Towers 8.13

Home : News : Nation and World
Media urged to stay focused on God, be friends of Jesus and one another
Catholic News Service

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stay focused on God and be friends of Jesus and one another, Catholic communicators were told here.

"May everything we do spring from the love of God," Charlotte Bishop Peter J. Jugis said in his homily at St. Patrick Cathedral during the opening Mass of the 2014 Catholic Media Conference.

He welcomed the 200-plus reporters, editors, communication directors and others serving in Catholic media across the U.S. and Canada to the Diocese of Charlotte.

At the conference's opening dinner, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, urged members of the Catholic media to "put on Christ!"

"We are not neutral on Christ and on the church; we are Catholics who look for the truth and embrace it," he said. "We are in communion with Christ and the church and we call others to join us. ... You who are the ambassadors of the good news of Jesus Christ are also those who reflect well how that good news is being heard."

Bishop Jugis was the main celebrant of the Mass. Concelebrants included Archbishop Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; and other priests who were in Charlotte for the June 18-20 media conference.

Charlotte's bishop preached on the Gospel reading of the day from Chapter 6 of Matthew, in which Jesus says, "When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on  street corners so that others may see them. ... When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you."

The same Gospel passage was read on Ash Wednesday, marking the start of the Lenten season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, Bishop Jugis noted. But Jesus' words to pray, fast and give alms privately should have meaning beyond Lent, he said, because Catholics should participate in these penitential practices throughout the year.

The faithful must be aligned to God at all times, he said, and live "in a state of constant conversion."

Followers of Christ should take to heart his words to seek first "the pure love of God," otherwise all their actions are "self-referential," Bishop Jugis said. "Being self-referential, we can expect no recompense from our Father."

In his address, Archbishop Kurtz said the people of God have placed "a sacred trust" in the Catholic media. "People pay attention to what you say. They are listening. ... They trust you to promote Christ and his church and to advance the teachings of the church accurately."

Catholic media should resist what has been seen as the traditional journalistic stance of "pure neutrality," he said, in favor of "belonging to Christ." Archbishop Kurtz said Pope Francis conveyed this theme in his message for this year's World Communications Day June 1.

The pope's advice was twofold, he said, telling communicators that "as the world grows smaller and smaller, don't let your heart shrink, and as the digital frontier picks up speed and gets more hectic, bring a sense of serenity and calm."

The trust of Catholics is precious, Archbishop Kurtz said. Catholic media fulfill that trust when they report the news and provide commentaries with accuracy, transparency and "always with love for the ways of Christ and the teachings of the church," he said.

"We cannot afford to sugarcoat the truth, but even bad news needs to be reported with love -- as one in communion," he added.

He said he believes the Catholic media as evangelizers will be called on in the years ahead to influence the digital frontier to move from "diatribe to dialogue."

"Sadly, digital discourse" is often "full of diatribe," he said, because people can offer their opinions in anonymity. The Catholic media must promote dialogue to build the faith up, not tear it down, he said.

He also called it ironic that people seem further apart from one another at the same time they have never had more interconnectivity via the Internet. One reason for that, he said, is people's attention is divided, such as when they try to multitask -- texting and monitoring email on a smartphone while having an in-person conversation.

The archbishop noted he has "put a foot or two into the digital frontier" with his blog, a Twitter account and a Facebook page. He has 9,000 followers on Twitter and about 4,000 on Facebook.

Archbishop Kurtz said he would welcome dialogue and feedback sessions among the Catholic media and the Catholic bishops, and sees them as "opportunities for us ... to step back and 'put on Christ'" in friendship and respect.

In Louisville, he finds listening sessions with people of the archdiocese quite beneficial. The Record, the archdiocesan newspaper, now has regular feedback sessions with an editorial board, made up of a dozen members who include priests, lay leaders, theologians and professional communicators.

He attends the meetings when he can, he said, and solicited the board's feedback on topics to cover in his Charlotte keynote.

Archbishop Kurtz suggested bishops and Catholic media together "brainstorm ideas about how Catholic communicators can begin to transform the digital frontier."

The annual gathering of members of the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada and the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals was hosted by the Diocese of Charlotte and its news outlet, the Catholic News Herald.

Article Comment Submissions
Submit your comments, please. 
Comments are reviewed before being posted to the site. Comments must use respectful language and address the story. Comments are not posted immediately to the site. The site editor may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours. Comments may also be considered to appear as letters in our print edition, unless the writer specifices no.
Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved