Newsletter of the District
issue of our Newsletter will come out as Lent will start. "Remember,
man, that dust thou art and in dust thou shalt return . . ."
propose, as a start for your lenten reflexions a series of articles
on the question of television. It is part and parcel of today's
life, one may say. People who condemn T.V. are seen as lunatics,
having a sectarian mentality, not being in touch, with their time.
Is that true? TV in fact makes people lose touch with reality and
thus, numbs people's mind.
doubt, a major element, in the drop of vocations (in some Catholic
countries, more than 80%) in the last 30 years is the introduction,
in practically every home, of the "dirty box", the television.
Bishop Tissier summarised it perfectly: With very few exceptions,
a home with television will have no vocations". There are certainly
a number of other circumstances involved in the drop of vocations,
but this one surely plays a major influence by polluting Catholic
homes and the innocence of Catholic youth. The popes have forewarned
us that this instrument, although neutral in itself, can be very
dangerous and even mortal for human souls. They were right.
five years ago; a French writer wrote: "To go to the show every
night isn't suitable to the real needs of any age. The real needs
of human nature are the family happiness (there is no other temporal
happiness) and the exercise of a profession or job bringing in a
legitimate gain as well as an intellectual and spiritual interest
in the work itself (...) The daily usage of television is directly
contrary to it." (Itinéraires, No. 183)" Free shows, every
evening for everybody, by the games of the circus of television,
prepare and aboulic (having lost will-power) and lazy people, seeking
idleness and not laborious efforts" (Itinéraires, No 184).
wise teacher, a few years earlier had said, "the main, and
unavoidable danger of television, is to put in the children's head
images and not ideas, in other words, to stop by the deceitful action
of the imagination, the natural work of the intellect i.e. to abstract"
(Itinéraires No. 160).
Lefebvre witnessed, powerless, in the '60s the TV room taking over
the chapel in the houses of the Holy Ghost Fathers. It is not surprising
that he wrote in the Constitution of the Society of St. Pius X,
in the chapter on poverty: "there shall be no television set
in our communities. A few chosen newspapers and a selection of magazines
will sufficiently instruct us on the happenings it is useful to
know. Our true television is the Tabernacle where He dwells who
puts us in communication with all spiritual and temporal realities."
I have to congratulate those who have put into practice these wise
words, in their homes and encourage the others who understand the
Archbishop's battle for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to understand
as well his desire to see us free from all worldly habits so contrary
to the evangelical counsels.