Augusitnian Prior General Fr. Prevost: ‘Mystery as an Antidote to the Spectacle’


Fr Robert Prevost, Augustinian Prior General, addresses the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization. Here’s a piece of his exhortation to the Synod Fathers:

If the “new evangelization” is going to counter these mass media-produced distortions of religious and ethical reality successfully, pastors, preachers, teachers and catechists are going to have to become far more informed about the context of evangelizing in a world dominated by mass media. Magisterial Church teaching can be helpful in this regard, yet there is a great need for further development in this area. Noteworthy for its perception of the mass media context for evangelization is the post-conciliar document Aetatis novae (1992). This document observed that modern media not only distorts reality by telling us what to think, it tells us what to think about. The inclusion and exclusion of topics considered worthy of coverage by mass media is one of the most subtle devices employed for forming people’s ethical imaginations and determining public opinion.

Interestingly enough, my latest post at New Evangelizers deals with media and its losing of credibility.

‘Mystery as an Antidote to the Spectacle’


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