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BOSTON – A national Catholic TV network is jumping into the 3-D fad.

On Tuesday, CatholicTV posted several of its shows in 3-D on the Internet. It also mailed out its monthly magazine in 3-D, complete with glasses, and is planning to broadcast some 3-D programs.

Officials at the Watertown, Mass.-based network say it’s part of an effort to reach younger people and make the faith message more vivid. The network’s director, the Rev. Robert Reed, says it will use any way it can to bring the church’s teachings to people.

Boston University professor Stephen Prothero applauded the church for taking a risk to improve its outreach.

But he added it could backfire if the 3-D programs aren’t compelling by reinforcing the notion that the Catholic Church is out of touch.

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