The Media is Selling Anti-Christian Morality

Marshall McLuhan famously said, “The medium is the message.”

Our use of the phrase “the media” as shorthand for all journalistic endeavors reflects the truth of that.

This media/”message” is hard-selling abortion, euthanasia and the destruction of marriage.

This video contains a reflection about this situation.

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  • Bill S

    It seems to me that the mass media caters to what people want and the Church tries to tell people what they need. The mass media endorses freedom while the Church pushes self-denial.

    What it comes down to is how much self-denial do we really need? Is it really necessary for same sex attracted people to live a chaste life? Is it really necessary that a couple be married before they can sleep together or that they only have sex with the intent to have children? Is it really necessary that a woman not take a morning after pill or have an abortion and that she have a child when she doesn’t want to?

    Where is the necessity for all of these ideological do’s and don’t’s? To say it is the will of a deity is not an adequate answer. There must be real pressing social needs for these taboos.

    • fredx2

      The problem is, that in many cases the “pressing social need” is there, but is effectively blacked out by the media.

      For example – cohabitation before marriage is considered one of the leading indicators that the subsequent marriage will fail. Do we ever hear about this from the media? No.
      Example – one in four young women now carries an STI. This is news from the CDC. Obviously, the explosion of sex before marriage has caused this problem. In many cases, unnatural contraception pills do things to womens bodies and minds that are harmful. Yet these are never discussed. The media pretends that there are no ill effects.
      The problem is that we now have a censoring media, not an open, effective one.

      • Bill S

        They tell people what they want to hear. I agree.

    • Ray Glennon

      Bill, You wrote that “The mass media endorses freedom while the Church pushes self-denial.” And that is certainly the view that the modern world and the media want to convey.

      But there is another way to look at it. In his homily in Baltimore in 1995 Pope John Paul II said, “Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom consists not in doing what we want, but in having the right to do what we ought.” That is the crux of the matter.

      True joy and happiness (that which we as humans crave) is not to be found in satisfying our “wants” with pleasure, wealth, power, and celebrity (all clearly presented by the modern media as what we need to be happy) but in living a life of love and service to each other–one that mirrors God’s unconditional love where “love your neighbor as yourself” guides our decisions.

      • Bill S

        That’s a good point. There are plenty of people who gain more satisfaction serving others than just amusing themselves and doing anything for anyone else. I get it.