Pontificium Consilium de Communicationibus Socialibus
|Merged into||Secretariat for Communications|
|Established||30 January 1948|
|Founder||Pope John Paul II|
|Founded at||Vatican City|
|Purpose||Social communication through mass media and information technology|
|Subsidiaries||Vatican Film Library|
|Pontifical Commission for the Study and Ecclesiastical Evaluation of Films on Religious or Moral Subjects|
Pontifical Commission for Educational and Religious Films
Pontifical Commission for Cinema
Pontifical Commission for the Cinema, Radio and Television
Pontifical Commission for Social Communications
The Pontifical Council for Social Communications (Latin: Pontificium Consilium de Communicationibus Socialibus) was a dicastery of the Roman Curia that was suppressed in March 2016 and merged into the Secretariat for Communications.
According to Pastor bonus, Pope John Paul II's 1988 apostolic constitution on the Roman Curia, the council was "involved in questions regarding the means of social communication, so that, also by these means, human progress and the message of salvation may benefit secular culture and mores." It worked "to encourage and support" the Church and its members in social communication to imbue mass media "with a human and Christian spirit."(n. 170)
First established by Pope Pius XII in 1948 and later given wider jurisdiction and new names by successive popes, most recently by John Paul II on 28 June 1988, it was responsible for using mass media to spread the Gospel.
It was established by the Secretariat of State as the Pontifical Commission for the Study and Ecclesiastical Evaluation of Films on Religious or Moral Subjects and was renamed the Pontifical Commission for Educational and Religious Films later that year. The commission was renamed to the Pontifical Commission for Cinema in 1952, to the Pontifical Commission for the Cinema, Radio and Television in 1954, and became a permanent office of the Secretariat of State in 1959. It was reorganized as the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications in April 1964. The commission was renamed Pontifical Council for Social Communications and promoted to a dicastery of the Roman Curia in March 1989. The council was suppressed in March 2016.
The PCSC and its predecessor bodies have published a number of statements on various topics connected with social communications, including:
In addition, the PCSC helped to draft John Paul II's 2005 apostolic letter The Rapid Development, on technological changes in the media.