Monday, January 25, 2010

The Pope on Blogging the Faith - WWJD?

With TV news commentators smiling this morning at the Pope's Message for the 44th World Communications Day asking priests to use blogs, I cannot help but admire Benedict's progressive and sensible contention that priests, especially, should respond to the challenge to spread the Gospel by using the "new media" as tools for evangelization. He urged priests to go beyond a simple presence on the web to a more active presence, blogging and posting videos, to engage and bring the message of Christ to those who are now getting their primary communication from these media, especially young people.

"Thanks to the new communications media, the Lord can walk the streets of our cities and, stopping before the threshold of our homes and our hearts, say once more: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20)."

But this message must be alive and made real to be effective: "God’s loving care for all people in Christ must be expressed in the digital world not simply as an artifact from the past, or a learned theory, but as something concrete, present and engaging. Our pastoral presence in that world must thus serve to show our contemporaries, especially the many people in our day who experience uncertainty and confusion, that God is near; that in Christ we all belong to one another.” says the Pope.

So, in response to this, will our pastors all be running out to create their own blogs?  Will we soon hear homilies in which they refer to something mentioned in a comment to one of their posts? Hmm - if Jesus were on earth today would he have blogged? Would you follow a blog called "In My Father's House"?  Would a YouTube video of the Sermon on the Mount go viral?  Have to wonder!

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