Media Center Pick of the Week – Human Dignity

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In our continuing review of the 5-DVD series, “Faithful Revolution: Vatican II,” we feature the third title: “Human Dignity.”

mc humanDignityIn our continuing review of the 5-DVD series, “Faithful Revolution: Vatican II,” we feature the third title: “Human Dignity.” The initial film, “Genius of the Heart,” highlighted the council’s liturgical reforms, and the second title, “Inspired Awakening” focused on the role of women and the Church’s embrace of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. “Human Dignity” continues many themes from the initial documentaries and opens our renewed understanding of evangelization. Laywomen and men, vowed religious and bishops explore the meaning of four (4) council texts:  “Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity,” “Decree on Ecumenism,” “Decree on Religious Liberty,” and “Declaration on the Relations of the Church to Non-Christian Religion.” This 1-hour DVD presents historical development of the teachings, insights into the council’s inner workings and the witness of faithful Catholics in American, African, European and Latin American parishes. Borrowing its title from the opening words of the “Decree on Religious Liberty,” this DVD skillfully weaves speakers’ testimony, music and historical footage into an indelible commentary on the Catholic emphasis on the dignity of human persons. My revelatory moments included the impact of the council’s liturgical reforms in the dynamic growth of the African Church and the conversion story of the social activist and beloved Los Angeles pastor, Fr. Luis Olivares. A comprehensive study guide – suitable for small group discussion – accompanies the series. Participate in Vatican II’s call to interreligious dialogue and attend the Interfaith Council of Central Florida’s “Religion 101 Series” (http://interfaithfl.org/?page_id=241). Order “Human Dignity” from the Media Resource Center by email to mediacenter@orlandodiocese.org or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897) for assistance.
(Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)