Posted by: L. E. Barnes | February 1, 2010

Thou Shalt Blog!

Ok, priests, marching orders have come from our commanding general. Pope Benedict XVI has issued a call for priests to use digital media, such as blogging, to spread the faith. In a recent weekly address, he says:

“Just as the prophet Isaiah envisioned a house of prayer for all peoples (cf. Is 56:7), can we not see the web as also offering a space – like the “Court of the Gentiles” of the Temple of Jerusalem – for those who have not yet come to know God?

The development of the new technologies and the larger digital world represents a great resource for humanity as a whole and for every individual, and it can act as a stimulus to encounter and dialogue. But this development likewise represents a great opportunity for believers. No door can or should be closed to those who, in the name of the risen Christ, are committed to drawing near to others. To priests in particular the new media offer ever new and far-reaching pastoral possibilities, encouraging them to embody the universality of the Church’s mission, to build a vast and real fellowship, and to testify in today’s world to the new life which comes from hearing the Gospel of Jesus, the eternal Son who came among us for our salvation.”

Thank you, Holy Father. And all God’s people said, “Amen!”

But it is exciting to consider that there are so many new opportunities for advancing the faith. Religious broadcasters have made excellent use of TV and radio over the past decades; now the Internet has provided another avenue. If anything, perhaps the Pope’s call is a bit overdue!

Blogger Amanda Greene (aka “Divine Diva”) further asks, “But will the Pope practice what he preaches here? Should the Pope blog?” Good question. With his schedule filled with writing encyclicals, traveling around the world, celebrating masses, and keeping the Church in line theologically and liturgically, will he have time for a blog now and then?

Well, even if the Pope doesn’t, I’ll certainly keep adding my 2-cents’ worth to the blogosphere, to the glory of God.


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