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Priests on the Blogs

A thorny issue… for some… Priests and blogs. The new media. The room for evangelism is tremendous.  Furthering the cause of Christ. For others, this is simply a no-brainer:

The Pope Emeritus gets it.

“Priests stand at the threshold of a new era… as new technologies create deeper forms of relationship across greater distances, priests are called to respond pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word…

Give a ‘soul’ to the fabric of communications that makes up the ‘Web’.”

Patriarch Kirill gets it.

“Blogs and social networks give us new opportunities for the Christian mission” at a time when the Church comes under attacks more often than before, the patriarch said. “Not to be present there means to display our helplessness and lack of care for the salvation of our brothers.”

“Now that social media shows a huge interest, although not always a sound one, in church life, our duty is to convert it for a good cause, to create conditions for young people to know about Christ, know the truth about the life of people inside the Church,”

These guys (Anglican Catholics) get it.

Speaking of the Anglican Catholics, Fr Ed Bakker, today, asks the question: How should one behave as a Priest on a blog?

With so many Priests being involved in blogging I think it would be good if we had a guideline how to behave , especially when we deal with those, who just happen to disagree with us and make comments, which perhaps are not appropriate…

For the rest, go here.

He concludes with the Collect of Purity. We need a lot more purity and charity, all-around.

Again, the cause of Christ and His Gospel must be furthered. There are souls to be saved!

Blog, Priests, blog!

The Church should be building platforms of social influence that extend well beyond the four walls of the Sunday experience.

All God’s people: Go forth into the digital world and proclaim the good news!

 

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Point of Clarification… New ACA Bishops

Good people. Yes, I am well aware of the Consecration of Bishops taking place in the Anglican Church in America this week – thanks for the e-mails and notes sent in this regard! Joyful occasions. The Church is growing. Reproducing. New shepherds. Added protection.

So why no word here yet?

Well the truth be told, basically, Bishop Brian Marsh has – and let me make sure I use the correct word here – ‘asked’ (?) that I make no mention of the Anglican Church in America on the blog. Why? I’m not sure. The idiom, ‘your guess  is a good as mine,’ does come to mind (my mind at least).

Some of you have already noticed the trend and asked about the ongoing omission of the ACA. So now you know.

[But] at the risk of again incuring the good Most Reverend’s wrath – and given that it’s Freedom Day here in South Africa (the day we get to commemorate, celebrate and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought for democracy and freedom of speech and expression in our land) anyway – the men are:

The Rev Dr James Randall Hiles

Saturday, April 27, 2013       10:30 a.m.

Saint Paul’s Parish       701 Pleasant Street, Brockton, Massachusetts

And a couple of days ago:

The Rev Owen R. Williams

Thursday, April 25, 2013       5:30 p.m.

Trinity Pro Cathedral      180 Rochester Hill Road Rochester, New Hampshire

There is a photo of this Consecration here.

Do say a prayer for Bishop Marsh, and the two men Consecrated.

We need strong and saintly Bishops who are overflowing with heroic virtue so as to shepherd us through these dark days and to stand boldly against the Devil and the world.

Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy holy Apostles many excellent gifts, and didst charge them to feed thy flock: Give grace, we beseech thee, to all Bishops, the Pastors of thy Church, that they may diligently preach thy Word, and duly administer the godly discipline thereof; and grant to the people, that they may obediently follow the same; that all may receive the crown of everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Paul’s Brockton has a nifty website here.

The purpose of the Church is God’s purpose.