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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana TV and the Family WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Pope John Paul II has chosen the theme "Television and the Family: Guidelines for Good Viewing" for World Communi- cations Day 1994, which will be celebrated in the United States and most other coun- tries on May 15. During this time, families are encouraged to consider and discuss the programs they watch, and evaluate whether or not these programs are consistent with their own family values. According to Pope John Paul II's statement, "Forming chil- I theme for World Communications dren's viewing habits will sometimes mean simply turn- ing off the television set: be- cause there are better things to do, because consideration for other family members requires it, or because indiscriminate television viewing can be harmful." The statement con- tinues by asserting that "Par- ents who make regular, pro- longed use of television as a kind of electronic baby-sitter surrender their role as the pri- mary educators of their chil- dren." Pope John Paul II said that the 1994 World Comnlunica- tions Day theme "is especially timely, particularly during this International Year of the Fam- ily, when the world community is seeking ways to strengthen family life." The papal statement ex- panded on the responsibility of parents in asserting that "To guarantee that the television industry will safeguard the rights of the family, parents should express their legitimate concerns to media managers and producers." Pope John Paul II also encouraged pro- ducers of television programs to take responsibility for qual- ity viewing when he stated, "In fulfilling its public responsibili- ties, the television industry should develop and observe a code of ethics which includes a commitment to serving the needs of families and to pro- moting values supportive of family life." Beginning this year, World Communications Day will coin- cide with the national collec- tion for The Catholic Commu- nication Campaign (CCC) in the U.S., when parishioners in many dioceses will be asked to contribute to the support of television programs, radio shows and print communica- tions sponsored by the Catholic Church. The U.S. Catholic Conference Communications Committee feels that schedul- ing World Communications Day and The CCC national col- lection together follows the spirit of Inter Mirifica, the Sec- ond Vatican Council's decree on social communications in MILLER & MILLER . "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service 422-9242 I Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville 1963,"- said Ram n] driguez, d.irector "That document World Communicati0n8 and at the same time,' for an annual port c The CCC has distributed ses for munications collection in tandem. gral component Communications DaY 1 ter, which features for eval television programs cussion exercises viewing for ho me' room use. The features a tive on the role 0 f tions in the today. Dioceses throa! world celebrate nications DaY bY Masses, special ences, and focused on valueS' munications EVANSVILLE CATHOLIC HIGH S(:;HOOLS Present an CO-HOST SCHOOLS -- Evansville Day Resurrection Good Shepherd St. James, Haubstadt Christ the King Holy Cross, Fort Branch St. John, Newburgh St. Joseph, Princeton St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County Holy Redeemer Holy Rosary Evansville Christian Schools Trinity Lutheran Bazaar Open Dail, r: 10 A.M. 8 P.M. Extremely Low Prices Not Found Elsewhere Oriental Rug Prices Will Be Below Advertised Sales, Closeout Or Going Out of Business Prices Mill Rd. Hesmer Rd. Catholic Centersarto  c PteifterRd. Hwy. 57 J Dress Regional AJrD0rt The Catholic Center/Sarto Retreat House 4200 N. Kentucky, Ave. Evansville, IN" For more information or Special Request Call (812) 424-5536 Ext. 64 1-800-637-1731 Payments Accepted: Cash, Check Ed.L. 101 North Meridian Washington, IN Built with to Save Time Hwy. 23 ( Y0ttr HSAD 320 E. Mai Call 80 Of E xpel