From the Vatican
- Inter Mirifica (On the Instruments of Social Communications) Issued in 1963, this was one of the 16 decrees of the Second Vatican Council.
- Communio et Progressio (On Communications and Progress) Issued by the Pontifical Commission for the Means of Social Communication, this 1971 pastoral instruction applies the Vatican II decree Inter Mirifica.
- Aetatis Novae (A New Era) Issued by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, this 1992 pastoral instruction on social communications commemorates the twentieth anniversary of Communio et Progressio.
- Ethics in Advertising Published in 1997 by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, this document is intended to stimulate discussion about issues such as the protection of children from exploitation in advertising, truth in advertising, and others.
- Ethics in Communications Issued by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in 2000, this document identifies three areas of ethical concern: what is the message content of media, how communicating is done, and who will and will not have access to information by way of the media.
- Ethics in Internet A reflection on ethical issues associated with the Internet, this document was issued by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in February 2002. It emphasizes the technology's power and opportunities for promoting the common good.
- The Church and Internet Also issued in February 2002 by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, this companion to "Ethics in Internet" focuses on online pastoral opportunities.
- Renewing the Mind of the Media The U.S. Bishops' foundational document regarding the communications media focuses on the need for overcoming the exploitation of sex and violence in the media..
- Your Family and Cyberspace
This concise document from the bishops addressed to parents provides a brief summary of the popular areas of the Internet and outlines concerns and opportunities regarding its use.
- Family Guide for Using Media
The bishops consider the increased accessibility of the Internet, computer networks, and related media, and their impact on people. Parents and others are encouraged to affirm Christian values when evaluating and making use of the tools in this expanding arena.