Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pope says -- Get to it, go blog!


In March I'll be a participant/presenter at a conference entitled Theology after Google.  The point of the conference is that we must engage the web if theology is going to be transformative.  Philip Clayton has issued the challenge to theologians, telling them that the "trickle down" method isn't working. 


Apparently the Pope has gotten the word too, because according to a report out today, he's issued a statement to priests telling them to get out there in cyberspace and tell the story. 

In his message for the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Communications, the pope, who is 82 and known not to love computers or the Internet, acknowledged priests must make the most of the "rich menu of options" offered by new technology.

"Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources — images, videos, animated features, blogs, Web sites — which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis," he said. Priests, he said, had to respond to the challenge of "today's cultural shifts" if they wanted to reach young people.

The Pope does have some words of warning that all of us who are out there in the new media world should heed.  According to the article:

But Benedict warned priests not to strive to become stars of new media. "Priests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart," he said.
 We must also remember that Google, for all its benefits, is not the same as the gospel!



Picture of Pope by Tony Gentile, taken from MSN.com -- Reuters.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're right, the Bible is much more concise. David Mc.

Anonymous said...

Sly & The Family Stone -
Everybody Is a Star


Everybody is a star
Who can rain, chase the dust away
Everybody wants to shine
Ooh, come out on a cloudy day
'Til the sun that loves you proud
When the system tries to bring you down
Every hand to shine tonight
You don't need darkness to do what you think is right

Ba pa-pa-pa ba pa-pa ba ba ba pa-pa ba pa-pa ba pa-pa ba ba ba,
ba-pa ba-pa ba ba, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Everybody is a star
I can feel it when you shine on me
I love you for who you are
Not the one you feel you need to be
Ever catch a falling star
Ain't no stopping 'til it's in the ground
Everybody is a star
One big circle going round and round

Ba pa-pa-pa ba pa-pa ba ba ba pa-pa ba pa-pa ba pa-pa ba ba ba,
ba-pa ba-pa ba ba, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Ba pa-pa-pa ba pa-pa ba ba ba pa-pa ba pa-pa ba pa-pa ba ba ba,
ba-pa ba-pa ba ba, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Ba pa-pa-pa ba pa-pa ba ba ba pa-pa ba pa-pa ba pa-pa ba ba ba,
ba-pa ba-pa ba ba, shine, shine, shine, shine

(repeat and fade)