Along with the development of various media technologies the Church takes a fundamentally positive approach to the media. Even when condemning serious abuses of media, the Church considers that “a merely censorious attitude on the part of the Church…is neither sufficient nor appropriate”.
The modern media of social communication are cultural factors that play a role in this story. As the Second Vatican Council remarks, “earthly progress progress is of vital concern to the kingdom of God, insofar as it can contribute to the better ordering of human society.” One such human development in social communication is the invention of Internet technologies.
The Internet is relevant to many activities and programs of the Church— evangelization, including both re-evangelization and new evangelization and the traditional missionary work ad gentes, catechesis and other kinds of education, news and information, apologetics, governance and administration, and some forms of pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Although the virtual reality of cyberspace cannot substitute for real interpersonal community, the incarnational reality of the sacraments and the liturgy, or the immediate and direct proclamation of the gospel, it can complement them, attract people to a fuller experience of the life of faith, and enrich the religious lives of users. It also provides the Church with a means for communicating with particular groups—young people and young adults, the elderly and home-bound, persons living in remote areas, the members of other religious bodies—who otherwise may be difficult to reach.
Read the full text of Church’s perspective on Internet.