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For some Catholics, promoting a culture of life is very limited. It may be simply preventing as many abortions as possible and promoting a proper relationship between men and women who want to marry. A Culture of Life is actually one that promotes Life as taught by the Church. How each of us lives our lives. The Culture of Death promotes not only physical death but spiritual death, which can take many forms.
Regarding the media, we must remind ourselves that there is good and mostly bad media, and we would help ourselves greatly if we did the following things:
1) Completely avoided TV shows and movies that present divorce, adultery, fornication and sexual perversion as good things or neutral things. As someone who works in the media, I have watched, over a 40 year period, the media go from promoting good, clean and wholesome entertainment to presenting the first things I mentioned as normal or average or OK, or worse - that you should be Indifferent toward them. They are not right or wrong, they are just stories. Pope Benedict has spoken about indifference. It's bad when the openly sinful and scandalous gets packaged as entertainment that makes us Indifferent to them, especially when Church teaching is about promoting what it means to live a truly human life in imitation of Christ. I choose not to associate with alcoholics and illegal drug users not because they are less deserving of being regarded as people with true human dignity but because they choose to live lifestyles that are not good for them and the community at large.
As a media critic who works in the media, I grew up with my head filled with great movies and great stories and even great cartoons by Walt Disney. No, "partial nudity" is not necessary for the story. When I first saw mostly female bare butts on NYPD Blue, my first thought as a writer was: "This is totally unnecessary to the story."
2) We must reject opinions that are based on nothing but a personal belief. We must know what the Churches teaches and understand it so we can explain it to others, especially as it regards the media because the media sends out way too many messages that contradict Church teaching.
3) We should also reject the "I'm OK, You're OK" thinking that tells us that what we watch is just a matter of personal taste. Once again, we should be guided by what the Church teaches, not by the opinion of a poster who says we shouldn't, or to act contrary to what is good.
4) Just because a TV show or movie wins a lot of awards does not, in most cases, mean it's worth watching. Today, women are allowing themselves to be portrayed as sex objects more than ever before. Strangely, the radical feminists of the 1970s were saying that it was wrong that men treated women as sex objects. Where are they now? Are they protesting any of this? No. They're too busy promoting abortion.
5) In the past, scandal was scandal and it was kept as private as possible, and even though the media portrayed it accurately, it did not regard it as something to splash across a number of pages like some gossip-filled supermarket tabloid. The same with sin and crimes committed by public officials. Why? To avoid gossip. To avoid spreading scandal. To protect the privacy of others that may have been involved.
In the late 1960s and 1970s, I recall a number of creative people saying they needed more "freedom" to portray life more realistically. What did that lead to? Porn and soft porn on TV today. And dark - lots of dark in all media. It's a contradiction in terms to have a "dark" hero or a comic book titled Dark X-Men, or an anti-hero like Dirty Harry who becomes judge, jury and executioner.
My point is: TV and movies are mostly bad. This is not my opinion. The answers are simple if we want to promote a culture of life and a media of life:
A) We must speak out against bad movies and TV shows, politely and backed up by Church teaching.
B) We must end our addiction to TV and the Movies and be very careful about what we choose to watch. Just because most of the people you know watch or enjoy certain things does not mean you should also. If it contains vulgar, obscene and immoral material, it's wrong - plain and simple.
C) We must avoid raunchy, profane and even anti-Catholic comedians and politely point out why to others
WE MUST SPEAK UP. Our silence allows the constant messages of the Culture of Death to continue without a word of appropriate protest.
We must speak out against media that promote euthanasia, abortion and sex without love and against the functional family.
My Family looks at me weird when I tell them that we should get rid of the television since it is so unfruitful and a waste of the precious time God gives us. Our society seems to be adopting worse and worse habits, like hedonism. Pray the Rosary.