.- Earlier today at the Vatican, Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications told members of an organizational committee for the World Congress on/ Catholic Television that, although strong initiatives currently exist, Catholic television sorely lacks resources.
The meeting was held in the Vatican's Palazzo San Carlo.
In his address to the committee Archbishop Foley lamented that, although there are many "Catholic television initiatives, there are often insufficient resources in programming, finance or trained personnel to keep them all in operation.â
Observing that âOne of the factors that seem to be missing is coordination and, indeed, cooperation,â the archbishop said that "Because of the nature of our universal responsibility as the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, we thought it might be a good idea to respond to requests from around the world to be a forum for planning and, indeed, helping to implement such coordination and cooperation.â
He stressed that âIn no field more than broadcasting and telecasting is there more need for networkingâ¦â
This networking, he said, should allow common programming to be âoffered throughout the world.â Likewise, he stressed the need for training facilities which âcan be offered on an international basis,â and said that âideas and programsâ need to be shared within the industry.
"May our planning and our eventual congressâ, the archbishop concluded, âhelp Catholic television to be a type of nervous system for the Churchâ¦a system which helps to inform, to energize ... the Church to an ever more perfect unity and to the continuing work of evangelization."