been central to the spread of Christianity from its inception. Christ
traveled throughout Palestine proclaiming God’s love, the coming of
God’s Kingdom and the need for conversion. After his resurrection from
the dead and his ascension into heaven, the Apostles took this message
to the farthest corners of the world preaching the Good News of Jesus
Christ. The followers of Jesus Christ employed the common communications
mediums of their day in order to accomplish this. In fact, Scripture
recounts the Apostle Paul speaking in Greek amphitheaters and
communications centers of his time.
Jesus commissioned His followers with
these words: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole
creation” (Mk. 16:15). To support this mission of the Church, the
Dioceses of Arlington has established a media relations policy.
The media relations policy of the Diocese of Arlington is to
communicate the message of Jesus Christ to the world through current
forms of media and technology. The Diocese is committed to a
communications policy of "transparency and openness."
In accordance with and true to the spirit of the Charter for
the Protection of Children and Young People, Article 7, "transparency
and openness" refers to a willingness to share information unless there
is a serious reason to maintain confidentiality. Possible infringement
upon the rights of an alleged abuser or victim will be given careful
consideration. Matters under litigation, unsubstantiated allegations,
and requests by victims for anonymity and/or confidentiality will all be
given careful consideration as possible exemptions to our pledge of
To support our policy we adopt a media relations philosophy.
The communications philosophy of the Diocese of Arlington is to
facilitate media requests and comment on important questions of our day
in order to bring the message of Jesus Christ to bear on our times and
civilization. In the Diocese of Arlington, all media requests (i.e.
interviews, statements, photographs, etc.) are to be directed to the
Office of Communications in the Chancery (See Standard Procedures). The
integrated communications policy, philosophy and standard procedures are
all in place to centralize media requests so that: (1) the bishop is
aware of what is being reported on in the press concerning the diocese;
(2) to facilitate journalists in covering news items.
All media request must go through the Diocese of Arlington’s
Office of Communications (703) 841-2517. The Director of Media Relations
will assess the media request, ascertain deadline, and promise to
respond to media requests as soon as possible. The Director of Media Relations will then contact the appropriate person(s), e.g. pastor,
parochial vicar, diocesan schools, etc., to explain the request and
determine the willingness of each person to participate in the media
process. Ideally, the Director of Media Relations is a facilitator, he/she
is an intermediary to gather information and set up optimal conditions
for successful media relationships and coverage. Once the details have
been worked out, the Director of Media Relations will put the two parties in
contact with one another. Certain media requests will entail having the
Director of Media Relations present, although this is not foreseen in the
majority of cases.
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