Sentinels of Peace: On Pornography and Violence – A Pastoral Response

The Church’s Pastoral Response entitled Pornography and Violence has many interesting reflections to be drawn. Upon reading the document, I realized how vast the knowledge of the Church is regarding the extent of the effects of the increasing market of pornography and other related morally offensive materials. The vastness of the Church’s knowledge on the widespread market on pornography pictures a concerned Church. As such, the Church cannot remain silent and thus offer concrete responses regarding the culture that seeks to corrupt the “moral fiber” of the society.

The Church’s commitment for the preservation on the sanctity of innocence is marked by the Church’s willingness to integrate herself in the contemporary culture. If the Church has to be a powerful and astounding transformative body in the human community, the Church has to be, first and foremost, concretely present to where human activity thrives today. The visible presence of the Church matters significantly. Such was the attitude of the Church shown in the document. While the Church herself, through this document, may not be directly involved in creating “agents” or “enforcers” or “policemen”, the Church is a big factor in supporting individuals and groups committed to the preservation of the sanctity of morality.

One of these concrete commitments of the Church is her intensified collaboration among the experts of communicators. I see this as a sincere expression of the Church to know the dynamics of media technology since many people are engaged into these. Collaborating with such experts is an arduous task and it requires their constant cooperation. The Church has to remain present in the media activity both at home and in the international community.

Another of these commitments of the Church is her support on media education. Education is a powerful instrument to combat deceit and misery, as well as moral violence. I see it as the Church’s fundamental weapon against moral violence since the latter corrupts all people from different walks of life. If her committed members, like the bishops, priests and the lay, are educated in media, the Church can effectively employ them to prevent further moral damage to the society, and at the same time, be effective communicators of the Gospel.

Finally, the Church is always committed to basic human formation. The Church recognizes that even though her committed members may be experts of media technology, her committed members must also be experts of the human person. I am particularly referring to the methodology of transmitting a culture of life based on fundamental human formation. That methodology includes a pedagogy that is centered on nourishing moral values by incorporating it into where contemporary human activity converges. That includes advertisements, social networking sites, schools and institutions, and eventually, at home. She also makes herself present to the basic human community: the family. With this, there is one thing that these committed members of the Church can become:

Sentinels of peace in the modern world. And we need lots of them.

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