Each person who
becomes a member of CMC should understand that the organization is fully
committed to the orthodox teachings of the Catholic Church, as proclaimed by the
Magisterium. It is expected that
all CMC members accept the Magisterium as the authoritative teacher of the
Catholic Faith, and assent to all it teaches.
The person filing
this application is responsible for making this commitment known to any
additional members from their organization.
If you agree with
the following CMC Membership Agreement please sign and date on bottom.
Membership: Membership of organizations and writers in the Catholic Media
Coalition will be contingent on their agreement to the Catholic Media
Coalition’s Principles, Code of Conduct
and Mission Statement (see below) and
upon acceptance of their application.
respect and accept all Catholic Rites and all Ecumenical Councils approved by
We welcome all practicing
Catholic members of the media who are loyal to the Magisterium.
Code of Conduct: Each
organization is asked to read and agree to a moral framework appropriate for
media before being accepted into the Catholic Media Coalition. The Code
of Conduct states:
always be truthful.”* As a communicator, I and the organization I represent,
are committed to telling the truth as accurately as possible – not merely what
I believe to be true, but what I have
meticulously substantiated as the truth. We are also prepared and willing to provide the
substantiating evidence of our assertions to responsible parties.
Media in service to the
Church “should be committed to communicating the fullness of the truth about
the meaning of human life and history, especially as it is contained in God’s
revealed word and expressed in the teaching of the Magisterium.”*
I, and the organization I represent, are committed to defending Church
Teaching – not as we wish it to be, but as it has always been: written,
verifiable, and consistent in Her authentic and approved documents, including
Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, together constituting the Deposit of
Faith. [LG #3]. We
emphatically reject private or personal interpretation of these teachings.
“The right of expression
must be exercised with deference to revealed truth and the Church’s teaching,
and with respect for others’ ecclesial rights.” * I, and the organization I
represent, are committed to charity in all of our acts.
Charity demands that:
Serious wrongdoing is always
Serious wrongdoing is exposed when
necessary. Biblical principles of
first speaking privately with the offender, then bringing in a witness, and only
as a last resort bringing the issue before the Church (either by contacting
superiors within the hierarchy or by carrying the information into the public
domain) will be followed whenever it is feasible.
Consideration will always be given
to the conversion of the offender (can an avenue of “dialogue” be opened
between us? Will he accept
All temptations to sensationalize
scandal or to magnify error for its own sake (or to sell copy, etc.) will be
scrupulously avoided. Likewise,
actions that are designed to generate hostility or conflict for their own sake
must be rejected.
All effort to depersonalize issues
will be made, wherever possible. (e.g. It is preferable to describe and contend with a
person’s words and actions rather than to impute motives.)
Immoral methods of acquiring
information will be eschewed.
Blanket generalizations and
stereotypes are avoided (e.g. all bishops
think…or, the bishops do…)
Calumny, slander, ad
hominem attacks, and detraction must be avoided.
Members of CMC are encouraged to read the Pontifical Council for Social
Communications, “Ethics in Communication,” June 4, 2000. Quotations in the
above Code of Ethics have been taken from this document.
Statement: To report truthfully
about the Catholic Church and to defend, foster, and spread authentic Catholic
faith and culture.
Dues: Membership in CMC is $24 annually for individuals and
per organization. The organization
membership includes the organization’s applicant (yourself) plus two members.
Dues for additional members are $12 annually per individual.
Please send all CMC membership info, including
your check to:
Media Coalition Membership
4877 S. Meadow Ridge Dr.
Valley, AZ 85614
Please allow about 2 weeks for approval and
notification by CMC. We will
contact you by email or snail-mail.
If you have any questions about the Membership Procedure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The opportunity to work with fellow Catholics
The ability to give national exposure to pertinent local issues
Access to a clearinghouse of information and resources
The possibility of linking local websites to the national CMC website
e. Participation in the CMC email loop, contingent upon the guidelines of the loop moderator
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Checklist of Materials to Send:
Membership Agreement, signed
Check for Membership Dues
Writing Samples, if any
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