Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Vatican has cable...

…or maybe the dish. Because B16 didn’t get this from reading Thomas Aquinas.

Pope Benedict called on the media on Thursday to practise "info-ethics", saying it was often used irresponsibly to spread violence and impose "distorted models" of life.

In his message for the Catholic Church's World Communications Day, Benedict said that while the media did much good, it was also often used for ideological reasons and tried to create reality rather than report it.
"When communication loses its ethical underpinning and eludes society's control, it ends up no longer taking into account the centrality and inviolable dignity of the human person," he said in the three-page message.

Apparently, Papa-Ratzi has been watching TMZ and Entertainment Weekly:

Under Benedict and his predecessor John Paul, the Vatican has often accused the media of promoting consumerism and elements of lifestyles that it considers unethical, such as pre-marital sex and homosexuality.

"While claiming to represent reality, it can tend to legitimise or impose distorted models of personal, family or social life," Benedict said.

"Moreover, in order to attract listeners and increase the size of audiences, it does not hesitate at times to have recourse to vulgarity and violence, and to overstep the mark," he said.
Maybe it's us. Are they giving us crap because we want it? If media got responsible, would we still read/watch?
I am having trouble listening to sports radio here in Tampa. I know the audience is 90% men so I can understand the occasional "adult" business or male enhancement ad. But every 10 minutes I'm being told that certain body parts are too small and/or malfunctioning and all I need is this pill/cream and all will be well. I get to thinking, "Maybe it is too small. Maybe it is malfunctioning. How did these people get my email address?"
I don’t know if these statements fall under the doctrine of papal infallibility, but B16 is so right. Even my local “news” program is full of this Paris/Lindsay/Britney Pferdkaese. Not to mention the thousand “Infotainment” shows about the “beautiful people“. Not to mention waiting in the grocery store aisle. Those ladies magazines have almost as much porn in them as actually porn mags.

You ladies must think we are going to leave you
for Scarlett Johansson as soon as she gets back from Kuwait.

Proverbs 31:30 says, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, {But} a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”

Real men love real women. And the Holy Spirit is better than Botox.

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