Facebook Is Catholic, Twitter Is Protestant?

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Really? Is Facebook Catholic?That's the analysis offered by British moral theologian Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, who thinks that Twitter, conversely, is decidedly Protestant. The two social media platforms each illustrate digitally a theological worldview which corresponds to Catholicism or Protestantism.Father Lucie-Smith's full article will be published tomorrow in the Catholic Herald. As a teaser, the Herald offers this: In the article, he likens Twitter to Protestantism, saying: … [Read more...]

CALL NO MAN FATHER: At Facebook, Priests – NO; Cross-Dressers – YES.

Father on Facebook 1

Last month, the social media giant Facebook cracked down on Catholic clergy, aggressively implementing its longstanding policy which forbids the use of titles or honorifics, forcing priests to remove the title "Father" before their user profile names.The policy is not new; The "Identity and Privacy" policy on Facebook's webpage explains: On Facebook people connect using their real names and identities. In the Help Center, there's a longer explanation of that policy (emphasis … [Read more...]

Dear Facebook: If This Isn’t Hate Speech, Then What Is?

Facebook page offensive

Last month, I and many of my friends filed a complaint with Facebook against an aggressively anti-Christian Facebook page titled “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted”.  Each of us received the following standardized response:"Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found … [Read more...]