Monday, June 29: Opening Day for Vatican’s New Secretariat for Communications

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We knew that Pope Francis was planning a reorganization of the Vatican's wide-reaching communications offices. The nine-member Council of Cardinals, which includes Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, had recommended an overhaul. I expressed puzzlement about it here, and I questioned how the reorganization would affect bloggers here; but I have to admit:  the sprawl caused by new media, from television to radio to print media to the new media giants Facebook and Twitter (including the Pope's Twitter … [Read more...]

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Dear Everyone: STOP BITCHING. STOP COMPLAINING.

By Jessica Flavin from London area, England (Anger Controlls Him) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Look at those Christians, how they love, er,  shove one another! I don't know about you, but I've been demoralized lately by the constant harping and haranguing that goes on in the Catholic blogosphere. Consider the Duggars: A large Christian family brings their message of family values to the small screen, and social media erupts with screaming voices. "What responsible parent would expose their children to public scrutiny like that?" they demand to know. The Duggars welcome a large family … [Read more...]

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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...]

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