This book is the result of a unique event in the summer of 1997, when representatives of the media and the Churches met for a week with a general audience in All Hallows College in Dublin. The aim of the seminar was to encourage discussion about the role of the media and the Churches in Ireland and to explore the sometimes tense relationship between the two. The papers read were so stimulating, the level of discussion so exciting, that it was decided to publish the papers in book form, as a valuable contribution to the debate between Church and media in Ireland. In professionals from all branches of the media describe their work and the principles by which they operate. They come from all branches of their profession. Some are committed Christians. Some are not. What they share is a passion for their trade and a depth of reflection on its influence in society. Equally, you will find here what might be called ‘professional Church people’. Articulate and well-informed lay Christians, religious press officers, an editor of a religious newspaper, religious columnists, a theologian. They examine what the Churches are about, how well or badly they communicate, and how they see relationships between the media and the Churches in Ireland.