Welcome to the Internet, Catholic Priests
Pope Benedict XVI likes the possibilities presented by the Internet for priests to evangelize. He thinks they should take advantage of digital media to spread the Word.
The Holy Father is not asking priests to abandon more traditional means of communicating with their flocks, but rather to use the Internet to expand their outreach. Pope Benedict XVI says that having priests blog, create websites, and post videos will add a “soul” to the Internet.
Catholic Advocate, already being in the Internet business, naturally thinks this is a great idea!
Pope Asks Priests to Get Online, Spread the Gospel
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a message embracing the evangelizing potential of digital media, Pope Benedict XVI asked priests around the world to use Web sites, videos and blogs as tools of pastoral ministry.
“The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more St. Paul’s exclamation: ‘Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel,'” the pope said in his message for the 2010 celebration of World Communications Day.
“Priests stand at the threshold of a new era: as new technologies create deeper forms of relationship across greater distances, they are called to respond pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word,” he said.