​Fr Frank Brennan delivered a keynote address
at the conference of the Australasian
Religious Press Association on 7 September.
 

​How can those of us with religious beliefs credibly contribute to discussion in the media about human rights and social justice? Is moral outrage our only trump card? In which case is it always beaten by the joker of public apathy and relativism?
 
Fr Frank Brennan SJ addressed questions like these in his keynote speech at the annual conference of the Australasian Religious Press Association, held on 6 and 7 September in Melbourne.
 
In an address titled “Is moral outrage our only trump card? Media ethics and responsibilities in the modern era”, Fr Brennan called members of the religious press “dual citizens of your nation and of your church, of your community and of the republic of conscience”.
 
He challenged them to “speak on behalf of those whose interests are sidelined by the prevailing political ethos and media bias … to speak in your own tongue informed and animated by your religious tradition.”
 
“You are at your best when you understand the culture of which you are a part in the public square, but you’re also at your best when you stand aside in a counter-cultural way to proclaim a Gospel which is truly revolutionary in the modern cultural context,” he said.
 
Click here to read the full transcript of his address.
 

 

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