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!