The Christian communicator, especially during Holy Year, must combat such obstacles to reconciliation as racism, economic inequalities and infringements of the right to life, according to a recommendation of the Pontifical Commission on Social Communications.
The recommendation appears in a commission document entitled "Social Communications and Reconciliation: Reflections on a Theme." Renewal and Reconciliation is the twin theme of the 1975 Holy Year.
The commission's document was written for the ninth World Communications Day, May 11.
On that day, according to the document, all elements in the Church are asked to pray and reflect on "in what way the Church ... can more effectively use the instruments of social communications in the quest for reconciliation, peace, harmony and brotherhood." Noting that the means of communications can widely dif fuse the Holy Year ideal ot reconciliation, the Pontifical Commission called on conF municators to fight obstacles to reconciliation, obstacles which "violate and restrict the rights of peoples and of ethnic groups."
The document said that many of those obstacles were identified by last year's World Synod of Bishops statement on the rights of man. The statement decried violations of "the rights to life, the right to make a. living, social and economic rights, political-cultural rights, the right to religious freedom." Other violations, the Synod says, which the Christian communicator must fight against are, according to the commission's Communications Day document, the contunuing arms race, the use of torture and violence and all forms of discrimination.
The document also asked communicators to promote reconciliation among "diverse elements of the people of God."