Benedict XVI Commends Catholics on the Internet By Deal W. Hudson
Nov. 19, 2009 (http://insidecatholic.com
) - Speaking at the recent meeting of the Pontifical Council of Social Communication, Benedict XVI commended the work of Catholics on the Internet: "A genuine revolution is taking place in the realm of social communications of which the Church is ever more responsibly conscious. . . . . These technologies make speech and penetrating communications possible, with a capacity to share ideas and opinions; to facilitate acquiring information and news in a personal way that is accessible to all.
During his short remarks to the Council, Benedict XVI stressed promoting a "culture of respect for the dignity and value of the person....In this way, the Church exercises what we could describe as a 'diakonia of culture' in the present 'digital continent,' transversing its paths to proclaim the gospel, the Word that can save man."
Though the Holy Father didn't mention any specific Catholic internet ministry by name, the implication is clear -- Benedict XVI loves what we are doing!
The Pontifical Council for Social Communication, by the way, is preparing a new ethics guide for the media, especially aimed that Catholics who work on the Internet, the blogosphere, as it were.
Concerns have been raised recently by a member of Council about a lack of "civility" and misrepresentations of the Catholic faith.