Vatican II

Inter Mirifica

30/11/2012 10:34 am

Second Vatican Council: Inter Mirifica

Our Year of Faith tweets take a closer look at is Dei Verbum - the Vatican II Decree on the Media of Social Communications.


Inter Mirifica - Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation

Inter Mirifica asserts that the Church must engage with and use media of social communication. The document also highlights that tools of media need to be used responsibly and that that all parties concerned should adopt for themselves a proper moral outlook on the use of media.

"Among the wonderful technological discoveries which men of talent, especially in the present era, have made with God's help, the Church welcomes and promotes with special interest those which have a most direct relation to men's minds and which have uncovered new avenues of communicating most readily news, views and teachings of every sort. The most important of these inventions are those media which, such as the press, movies, radio, television and the like, can, of their very nature, reach and influence, not only individuals, but the very masses and the whole of human society, and thus can rightly be called the media of social communication." IM 1

Dei Verbum on the Holy See's official website

Summary texts prepared by the Bishops' Conference Home Mission Desk.