Use “constructive communication” to dispel fear, bias, prejudice – Catholic Bishop
Communication media has been described as an indispensable tool of paramount importance to proclaiming the Good News of salvation, which the Church sees as a gift from God, which in accordance with His providence, is to help us to cooperate with His plan for our salvation.
It was also observed that, in our present day society, the means of communication are sometimes used as tools to propagate bad news, falsehood and hatters.
The Catholic Bishop of Port-Harcourt Diocese, Most Revd Camillius Etokudom, disclosed this during the opening of a National Conference of Catholic Association of Media Practitioners (CAMPAN) in Port-Harcourt, last week, with a theme, ‘Developing a More Proactive Media for Nigeria Churches.’
According to him, there was the need for media professionals to respond by using the modern information technologies to correct anomalies in the Church, society and the world by responsibly discharging their duties and by promoting a meaningful and healthy dialogue and relationship among all peoples, irrespective of their religious, ethnic nationalities and political affiliation.
He maintained that, constructive communication is the type that gives no room for despair, bias, prejudice and fear, adding that, there is the need to use this opportunity to reawaken their zeal to see the Good News proclaimed with renewed enthusiasm in their communication apostolate.
While charging journalists to be courageous in making good use of the various means of communication, which modern technology offers us in our new evangelization, where means of communication and information technologies present great challenges.
He further encouraged them to respond to these challenges with a new method, new zeal and a new expression, saying that, “You have the responsibility to help our leaders, youth and the generality of the people in the proper use of the social media, rather than using it to promote violence, obscenity and criminology.
“You are expected to have a more proactive Catholic Media in Nigeria where darkness of ignorance and error will give way to the Good News of salvation.”