The Pope to His Priests: Why Aren't You Blogging?

By Smriti Rao | January 25, 2010 5:35 pm

popeGo where the flock goes: That seems to be the new message from the Vatican last Saturday, when Pope Benedict XVI sent a message instructing his priests to adopt a “new media mindset.” The pope encouraged his priests to use all the digital tools at their disposal to preach the Gospel, version 2.0. Expect to see more priests online engaging in dialogue with the faithful, and maybe even a priestly Facebook page or two.

The Washington Post reports:

The Vatican has tried hard to keep up to speed with the rapidly changing field. Last year it opened a YouTube channel as well as a portal dedicated to the pope. The Pope2You site gives news on the pontiff’s trips and speeches and features a Facebook application that allows users to send postcards with photos of Benedict and excerpts from his messages to their friends.

Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli, who heads the Vatican’s social communications office, said the Pope’s words aim to encourage the use of social media.

But according to The Washington Post, he clarified to reporters:

“That doesn’t mean that (every priest) must open a blog or a Web site. It means that the church and the faithful must engage in this ministry in a digital world. At some point, a balance will be found.”

Engaging with followers online may be the Vatican’s new mantra, but they could also pick up a few tips from some Hindu temples that have moved their gods online–offering online prayer services and “viewings” for almost a decade now.

And we were recently reminded that on Plough Monday, some Anglican churches bless technological gadgets, the successors to the farm implements of old.

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  • Earl Wajenberg

    “The pope encouraged his priests to use all the digital tools at their disposal to preach the Gospel, version 2.0. ”

    It may be preaching version 2.0, but it will still be the Gospel version 1.0.

  • Gino

    – SECRETS of the Vatican – UFO’s in the Ancient Art (VIDEO)… Pope’s star watcher to visit NASA (12th February 2009) and talk aliens… The Vatican is to go head to head with Nasa over the possibility of life existing anywhere else in the Universe except Earth…

  • Ian

    “Engaging with followers online may be the Vatican’s new mantra”

    This is not ‘new’ – it’s been a message issued every year on Communications Sunday, and certainly since 2000 when JPII instructed the faithful to use the internet and embrace new media.

    And let’s not forget those priests who already use the internet, facebook, podcasts and blogs. Try,

  • fatkid

    Predators are adept at keeping up with technology. I see priests on the internet all the time, there’s a registry for them.


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