Vol 19, No 2, 2012

Social Communication: Vatican II and the Australian Church

Fr Brian Lucas

Abstract

This article considers how the Catholic Church in Australia received and implemented the Second Vatican Council´s Decree On The Media of Social Communications (Inter Mirifica). The article deals with the background to Inter Mirifica, its place within the Council´s teaching, and the way it, and subsequent official teaching, address the massive development in social communications. In analysing how the Church in Australia received and implemented Inter Mirifica, it considers only four examples: Cinema, Media Education, Catholic Press and a National Office. There are some brief concluding comments on the digital age, and some of the future challenges the Church faces in using modern media.