Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bless me father for I have tweeted... seeking a portal to heaven?

Is Satan at the other end of your Twitter tweets, perhaps agents of Beelzebub are reaching out be a "friend" on facebook, maybe Lucifer is seeking out some space on My space.

These are some of the concerns of the Catholic Churches in Scotland, as they speak out against our growing obsession with instant connectivity and social networking.

Bishop Tartaglia, president of a Bishops' Conference of Scotland communications group has issued a message for all 500 of Scotland's parishes, with instructions that it be read aloud at Sunday mass.

Among the bishop's concerns over social networking are: the "need to be wary of the inane chatter that can go on in the digital world which does nothing to promote growth in understanding and tolerance." and how "we should avoid an obsessive need for virtual connectedness and develop primary human relationships, pursuing true friendship with real people."

Of course, the Bishop may wish to "connect" with the Vatican to get them onside with his thoughts, a quick google search provided details on how facebook is being used by the Catholic clergy.
And information on how even the Vatican has adapted to the social networking site, offering up something on facebook called Pope2You, though it hasn't been universally hailed as cutting edge by any stretch of the imagination.

Pope2You was launched on May 24th this year, as part of World communications day. On the site you can link to the , a wikicultura with more of the Vatican's thoughts on communication, a link for an iPhone application , the Pope's You Tube Portal and of course, the facebook application, where Bishop Tartaglia can send a post card and we imagine can seek guidance regarding his mission.

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