4 May 2010
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales delivered the 2010 World Communications Day lecture to gathered media professionals at Allen Hall – the Diocese of Westminster’s seminary.
In the address, entitled Good communications build community – “Why the media matters”, Archbishop Nichols said the media could “play a crucial role” in rebuilding public trust in political institutions. He also highlighted the aims of the Bishops’ recent publication Choosing the Common Good:
“If our project is that of building up the common good, and if the challenge is that of bringing to the fore the innate goodness of people in the service of each other, then what is the responsibility of the media in this regard?
“The promotion of the generous offering of time, energy and possessions out of the spirit of good citizenship and genuine neighbourliness is needed if we are to have a society worth living in. Some speak of this as ‘social capital’. It is surely the task of us all to find ways of building up this precious capital.”