Thursday, January 27, 2011

Papal wisdom on social media

When it comes to the Latin mass, Pope Benedict XVI may want to turn back the clock, but that doesn’t mean the Holy See isn’t ready with some advice on dealing with the cutting-edge world of social media. And be you Catholic or not, his suggestions are worth consideration.
"Entering cyberspace can be a sign of an authentic search for personal encounters with others, provided that attention is paid to avoiding dangers such as enclosing oneself in a sort of parallel existence, or excessive exposure to the virtual world.
In the search for sharing, for 'friends”, there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself."
We must be aware that the truth which we long to share, does not derive its worth from its ‘popularity’ or from the amount of attention it receives… The proclamation of the Gospel requires a communication which is at once respectful and sensitive.”
Too bad Jay Cutler’s NFL colleagues didn’t take note of this before making a bad situation worse.
Full story at Social Media Today.

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