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“Blog!” says the pope . . .

The supreme pontiff seems to think that priests ought to be blogging more:

Responding adequately to this challenge amid today’s cultural shifts, to which young people are especially sensitive, necessarily involves using new communications technologies. The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16) The increased availability of the new technologies demands greater responsibility on the part of those called to proclaim the Word, but it also requires them to become become more focused, efficient and compelling in their efforts. Priests stand at the threshold of a new era: as new technologies create deeper forms of relationship across greater distances, they are called to respond pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word.

The spread of multimedia communications and its rich “menu of options” might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web, or to see it only as a space to be filled. Yet priests can rightly be expected to be present in the world of digital communications as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, exercising their proper role as leaders of communities which increasingly express themselves with the different “voices” provided by the digital marketplace. Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.

4 Comments

  1. Chris Donato wrote:

    I’m surprised the (olde) Pope so casually assumes the gospel can be proclaimed in any way other than face-to-face proclamation.

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
  2. This has been consistent preaching by the church since Vatican I. Paul VI @ Vatican II (anticipating Halden’s blog?) promulgated in “Inter Mirifica” (‘something wonderful’) “Finally, care must be taken to prepare…critics, who will be equipped with the best skills in their own crafts and trained and encouraged to render judgments which always put moral issues in their proper light.” This also coincides with the feast day of Saint Isadore of Seville, the patron saint of the internet, sometimes pictured with a pen in his hand and surrounded by a swarm of bees! Obliged.

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Permalink
  3. WenatcheeTheHatchet wrote:

    Perhaps because he’s the Pope and not an old school Baptist? It’s more of an old Reformed evangelical Protestant thing to say that the internet is “gnostic” and “not incarnational”. Except for all those bloggers. ;)

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 12:21 am | Permalink
  4. Chris Donato wrote:

    I’m offended at the word evangelical (the gnostic gurus of our day). Please strike it. ;-)

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 5:57 am | Permalink

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