GoodStreams.org (formerly Caflicks) is a video on-demand service that serves as a gateway into the Catholic Faith – echoing and amplifying it – and making it far more discoverable on the digital continent. We are an aggregate of the best and clearest portrayals of the works, faith and instruction of the Church, all within a fun and familiar, entertainment-styled environment!
It can be quite a challenge these days for those trying to explore their faith on the Internet. Even if you do manage to discover authentic Catholic teaching through a secular search engine or video site, chances are there are distractions, competing ideologies, or negative commentary on the same screen. However, if you know just what to type into a search engine, you can discover great video content that has been made available through the Church these days!
But what if you are among the vast majority who do not not already know the precise names, organizations, and terminology needed to find reliably Catholic videos and content providers? GoodStreams makes it much easier to discover the Faith by curating and aggregating the clearest and most compelling Catholic video content all in a single location!
So what is official “Catholic teaching” in terms of video content? Is there an imprimatur or stamp of approval by the Church for videos in particular? At this time, there is not. For matters relating to the instruction of the Faith, GoodStreams will only use video content that in some way falls under the umbrella of a Catholic bishop. This means that content must be presented by someone who:
- has been incardinated, (or has been placed under the specific jurisdiction of a bishop).
- has been approved to speak at diocesan events.
- has been vetted by Catholic media ministries that are endorsed or supported by their local Catholic bishop. Examples include EWTN, Relevant Radio, CatholicTV, and others.
At this time, we believe this approach may be the best possible means for gathering video content that reliably represents the Catholic faith.
There are those sections that purposefully do not relate directly to instruction of the faith, such as Trending, Understanding Current Events and Some Good News. Eventually, we hope to include sport highlights, news, and entertaining vines. While not specifically Catholic, they would provide variety, be curated to ensure they are consistent with the Catholic understanding of human dignity, and would help to retain viewership within a safe environment that continues to expose visitors to ever-present, relevant Catholic content.
This type of faith and entertainment integration is not something our bishops or Catholic media providers can do for a variety of good reasons. It’s really up to us laity – particularly those who wish to draw family members back to the Church – to help drive an initiative of this unique nature.
Everyone benefits by GoodStreams! Which camp might you belong to?
- Clarity About Hot Topics
- A Single Source
- Ability to Share the Faith Casually
- Dedicated page for Catholic content providers
- Surfaces their content buried in YTube.
- Reveals their content without competing ideologies.
- Access to families and younger audiences
- Accessible to non-practicing Catholics
- Catholic Authenticity
- Quality Control/Clarity
- Our Story with Our Voice
- Presence in the Home
- Small Economic Footprint capable of making all ministries, vocations, charities and calls-to-action more discoverable
Responsibly curated. Faithful. Best-of. Multi-generational. Entertaining. Share worthy.
We are taking our first steps as a Catholic, technical start-up, and we would greatly appreciate your prayers. Thank you to all who have responded to our initial survey!
Again, thank you for your prayers and support! We greatly appreciate it!
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