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Catholics in India propose television channel to inculcate family values

Monday 23 November 2015, by SIGNIS

Mumbai, Brussels, November 23rd, 2015 (SIGNIS/ Times of India/ Bella Jaisinghani,) Alarmed by the influence of modern media on the youth, a group of Catholics has expressed the need to start a television channel that inculcates family values.

The motley group of priests, nuns, educationists and corporate leaders met at the seminar "Family in the Context of Media Revolution", in Bandra. Participants included Fr Stephen Fernandes, professor of ethics at St Pius seminary; Jeannette Pinto, former vice-principal of St Xavier’s College; Royston Braganza, CEO of Grameen Capital; and Dr Astrid Lobo Gajiwala of Tata Hospital. "Modern media has its advantages, but it also throws up singular challenges to the family structure.

The Catholic Church has reportedly discussed the issue several times, but is halted in its tracks by the cost of starting a TV channel. The other challenge is in producing software to run 24-hour programming," said Sr Jessy Jacob of the Daughters of St Paul, the organization that hosted the seminar. The nuns of St Paul would like to see a blend of Biblical shows, youth improvement programmes and stories that impart morals to kids on the proposed channel.

Fr Stephen focused his address on online media. "The downside of online interaction is that families are breaking up owing to adulterous relationships and indulging in evils like wife swapping. Children are the worst sufferers," he said.

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