The Vatican has spoken out against show-off media priests, according to a Times article today. As well as seeminly wanting to reign in budding Catholic Televangelists, there is clearly some soul searching going on about the wider implications of the television medium. The Pope's comments appear surprisingly reactionary. He said that images of evil and suffering on TV poison us and “This poison makes our faces darker and makes us smile less, stopping us from greeting one another or making eye contact." The longer speech might have been less stark, but it does reveal a fear of television.
It's good to see religous authorities engaging with modern communication mediums on more of a theoretical level, but this struck me as...well. Interesting. What do you think?