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IDK, my BFF Jesus? January 26, 2010

Posted by friedgreenbananafish in Around the Blogosphere, Facebook, Journalism, Youtube.
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By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he blogged.

 Ok, so I’m not the world’s preeminent scholar on The Book of Genesis.  That would arguably be Pope Benedict XVI.  But phony quotes aside, His Holiness does have a few new ideas for the Vatican. 

Over the weekend, Benedict (who just last year showed his disdain for technology by urging Catholics to give up all forms of social media for Lent) asked priests 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…”  

In other words, the Pope is goin’ techno. 

This user-friendly message came during his announcement of the 44th annual World Communications Day (set for May 16, 2010); a time when the Angels & Demons-like secrecy of the Vatican eases up a bit to answer questions from the faithful. 

Benedict continued by saying that he hopes by embracing these forms of communication, the Church can reach out to a new generation of Catholics, as well as nonbelievers across cyberspace. 

And Benedict is practicing what he preaches.  Tech-savvy worshippers can follow the Pontiff on the Pope2You portal, a website that links you Benedict’s personal Youtube channel, Facebook fan page, and iPhone app that sends you updates on his trips and speeches. 

Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters

But Benedict also warns priests to use technology in compliance with the Church’s theological and spiritual principles, and not to strive to become stars of new media.  

“Priests… should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart.” he says. 

After all, his doesn’t want to start getting tweets like this: 

@SwissGuard: OMG do theez stripes mke me look fat? ROFL

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1. brittanynelson - January 31, 2010

I meant to comment on this the other day and forgot. I think the Pope tweeting and facebooking is really useless. I don’t mean that as if what’s being said is irrelevant, but come on why do I need to follow the Pope on Twitter and became his fan on Facebook. Like those two things are going to make me more morally right. Welcoming religion to social networks has no benefit to me personally, and I’m struggling to see why others would want to add this to their lives. I feel like this is a perfect example of what we talked about in class, how some additions to social networks really don’t have a purpose.

friedgreenbananafish - January 31, 2010

Thanks for your comment, Brittany. While I’m not trying insult anyone’s religious views, I can understand why some people think this is a tad overboard. I recommend reading this article by the Blog Herald:

http://www.blogherald.com/2010/01/29/the-ipad-obama-and-the-pope/


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