ZENIT—The World Seen From Rome – 8/17/12

Fast and Furious; Growing up in a Media Saturated World

 By Father John Flynn, LC


 ROME, AUG. 17, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Violence, video games, and sex: what effect does it have on children and adolescents? The latest contribution to this debate comes in a book recently published in Australia.

“Growing Up Fast and Furious,” is a collection of essays edited by Wayne Warburton and Danya Braunstein (The Federation Press).

In his contribution Warburton, Deputy Director of the Children and Families Research Center at Macquarie University (Sydney), noted that in the United States children aged 8-18 are exposed to an average of almost 11 hours of media each day. Children in other countries might not reach this level, but they are not far behind, he added.

In recent years media is not only more portable but it is also easier for children to access it in multiple places within and outside the home. This means it is increasingly difficult for parents to monitor their children’s media consumption, Warburton observed.

Looking at the research Warburton commented that media is a powerful teacher, for both good and bad, and the effects can be both short and long-term.

John P. Murray, who has been researching children’s social development for almost 40 years in the United States in a number of academic position, looked into the matter of the effects of media violence.

Some decades ago studies clearly demonstrate that the viewing of violence and aggressive behaviour are clearly related, but they do not establish a cause and effect relationship.

Video games

More recent studies do, however, lead to the conclusion that viewing violence does affect the attitudes and behaviour of viewers, he said.

Violent video games was the topic of an essay by Warburton and Craig A. Anderson, a professor of psychology at Iowa State University. Video games can enhance the lives of children and adolescents they said, but exposure to anti-social and violent video games increases the likelihood of a range of negative outcomes, they warned.

Video games, they noted, can improve visual and spatial skills and can also be a valuable instrument in teaching children.

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2012 Catholic Men’s Conference

Diocese of Richmond

2012 Catholic Men’s Conference

Greater Richmond Convention Center
Richmond, VA
Saturday, November 10, 2012


 This first diocesan-wide Catholic Men’s Conference will pack in powerful speakers, testimony, workshops, fellowship with other men, Mass and Reconciliation to promote and strengthen the spiritual growth of Catholic men to be leaders and models of Christ in the family, church, workplace, and community. A men’s conference is an opportunity for men to come together and learn from other men to gain support and insight into the challenges that men of faith face in modern society, and to grow in solidarity with one another and with Christ.

Men of all ages from across the diocese are encouraged to attend: young adults, college students, fathers, sons, grandfathers – single, married – priests, deacons, religious.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities Golf Tournament

 There is a fund raiser golf tournament to benefit Commonwealth Catholic Charities on Monday, September 10.  I thought this might be something that some of the guys from the Men’s Ministry might be interested in. If you think it is appropriate, could you forward the brochure on to everybody? Although most of the guys probably already know something about CCC, here’s a brief synopsis of what it is and what it does. 

 Commonwealth Catholic Charities is the second largest human service provider behind only the Red Cross. CCC helps the most vulnerable individuals and families in central and southwestern Virginia by providing crisis support as well as services to strengthen families and nurture children. The mission of CCC is NOT Catholics Serving Catholics. It’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate human services to ALL people – especially the most vulnerable – regardless of faith. Only 15% of the CCC workforce is Catholic and less than 10% of recipients of CCC services are Catholic.


Salisbury Country Club
13620 W. Salisbury Road
Midlothian, Virginia 23113
Richmond (Main Office)
1512 Willow Lawn Drive
Richmond, VA 23230

Special Olympics Special Alert


We are in 2nd place. VOTE!!
Please help Special Olympics of Virginia receive a share of the 5 million dollar donation. It just takes 2 simple clicks of a mouse. Vote early and vote often.
Please forward this to all  you know who can help..

 Special Olympics has been invited to compete for two remaining spots in Subaru of America’s 2012 “Share the Love” event. This Facebook voting competition is underway and will run through Sunday, August 26th. If at the end of voting Special Olympics is one of the top two charities, we will participate for the second year in the Subaru “Share the Love” event expected to begin in November 2012.  

 Voting ends on Sunday, and we are just 5 percentage points away from being one of the selected charities. If we join together and vote daily for our movement, we could win!

 Please vote the rest of the week and all weekend long – and spread the word to your friends by forwarding this email – and on your Facebook wall, please invite your friends to vote. Thank you for being a fan! 

We have an opportunity to earn a share of $5 million. This money would go a long way in Virginia toward helping us reach more athletes, train coaches, and plan competitions. But we need to pull together and act quickly. Please help us secure these much needed funds by voting for Special Olympics on Facebook today – and every day through Sunday, August 26th.

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