Let’s work together, Cardinal Tagle urges Catholic media

Let’s work together, Cardinal Tagle urges  Catholic media

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila talks at a forum on the “Catholic Media in Challenging Times” in Makati City on January 19, 2018. He was joined by journalists John Nery and Howie Severino and Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, chairman of the CBCP Commission on Social Communications as reactors. CBCPNews

In a country where words and images are used to manipulate people, Catholic media must work together to fight misinformation and deception especially on social media, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said.

Speaking at forum on “Catholic Media in Challenging Times” in Makati City on Jan. 19, he encouraged a wide array of church organizations to work in a spirit of “charity” and cooperation.

“I hope we could work on these things together, we share our resources, we share the information so that we could provide for those people looking for verification,” he said.

The cardinal expressed his appreciation for the efforts of church media organizations to bring the light of the Gospel to various peripheries.

According to him, the media if properly utilized could be a potent force for the Church to drive social change “since we are serving all over the country”.

“We could be one source of verification because the Church is present everywhere and if a diocese has a social communications office, wow!” Tagle stressed.

And amid threats to press freedom, the cardinal emphasized the Church’s “conviction” for free speech and its importance for facilitating good governance and transparency.

“The right of the people to get information of course includes the freedom of the people to share information, including the freedom of the press,” said Tagle.

“This isn’t just an opinion. It’s our conviction that there should be freedom of the people to share information and the right of people to receive information,” he added.

Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig, chairman of the Church’s Commission on Social Communications, backed efforts to uphold press freedom in the country.

“If press freedom… it’s really clear that we should be free to speak the truth,” Vergara said.

The two church leaders were joined by journalists John Nery and Howie Severino as reactors. CBCPNews