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"Comunicatorul creştin şi vocaţia lui de a fi „sarea pământului”"

The Christian communicator and his calling to be “the salt of the earth”

Autor(i): Pr. Nicolae DASCĂLU

Summary: The Christian communicator and his calling to be “the salt of the earth”
Technological developments in the realm of communication create new ways of expression through the mass-media. The role of professional communicators also gains more importance in the relationship with the audience and the dynamics of today’s society. Mass-media communicators, be they Christians or non-Christians, are the new social elite, due to their engagement with the activity of public information and exertion of the freedom of expression, guaranteed by democratic systems.
The liability for journalistic practice has passed from the realm of law to the freely accepted principles of professional deontology. The codes of journalistic deontology contain more or less detalied principles of professional ethics concerning: the search of truth and and its presentation, journalistic independence, journalistic responsibility. Breaching these principles can only result in the moral penalty from the audiences and the lack of credibility of the media institution.
As the workspace of the mass media is people’s daily life, ethical principles interact with social ethics and the spirituality of various persons and communities. Christian journalists, either in the service of the Churches they belong to, or working for lay press institutions, join professional responsibility and ecclesial responsibility. Therefore, the truths conveyed to people through the mass-media are interpreted and communicated in the light of the Truth, Who is Christ, “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14, 6).
A Christian spirituality of communication is not only possible but necessary for today’s media universe. The relationship between Christian faith and carrying out a professional activity in the realm of communication through the mass-media can be regarded in a twofold perspective: on the one hand, faith enlightens and renders journalists’ work meaningful; on the other hand, professional experience substantiates the active faith. The ideal image of the Christian communicator as a media missionary dynamically emerges by joining professional skills and Christian virtues at work: mature faith, sound culture, dynamic communicability professionaly cultivated, missionary conscience, ecclesial responsibility, inner peace and enjoying one’s service, discernment, respect and patience with others.
Media apostleship thus professionally illustrates the Gospel’s words, urging us to be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matt 5, 13-14).

Pagini: pp. 31-48