Pope blesses social networks: "Who is my neighbour in this new world?"

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15 Responses to “Pope blesses social networks: "Who is my neighbour in this new world?"”

  1. jlopere says:

    I believe the blog would be “ex sofa” and not carry any authority…especially the ones about Snooki and the Steampunk section.

  2. Tetsubo says:

    The blessing from the leader of a morally bankrupt institution is just a bit dubious to my mind. I might take him more seriously if his church would stop trying to hide suspected child rapers.

  3. Brainspore says:

    I heard that Jesus was an early adopter of Twitter but he only had 12 followers.

  4. chgoliz says:

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

  5. RainyRat says:

    Are the Pope’s blog posts considered “ex cathedra”?

    • notavegan says:

      I think this would be more “deus ex machina’. but I find the whole thing incredible: the 45th World Day of Social Communications?!

      I went to a convent school and this was never mentioned. I am pretty sure that Mother Seraphim would have mentioned this in religion class on Fridays — though she was pretty obsessed with us “getting scruples” which sounded a lot like a bad skin condition. She was mostly concerned about us not getting pregnant and “doing” sins of commission.

      As a Protestant sitting in the back of the room (supposedly working on other lessons) I found that Friday class an eye opener. Women who have attended convent schools will probably know exactly what I mean. :}

    • jeffasselin says:

      In theory, they could be.

      IANACL, but I think ex cathedra communications must be made by the pope, and a copy of the document (usually an encyclical) must be sent to all the bishops with the papal seal. It would have to be in latin, as that is the official language of the Catholic Church.

      So I guess that a blog post written in latin signed with a private key (or other method to ensure the legitimacy of the document) as well as adorned with the papal seal and with notification (as well as the corresponding public key) being sent to the bishops would probably work.

  6. Anonymous says:

    @RainyRat: No. He would have to explicitly invoke the dogma of infallibility. This happens very seldomly, only with regard to theological disputes.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Through the intercession of their patron Saint Francis de Sales, I pray that God may grant communications workers the capacity always to carry out their work conscientiously and professionally.

    Amen to that.

    Dear Vatican,

    We are greatly intrigued by this particular saint, and desire to know more about him. Does he, for example, smite with (ironic) lightning or afflict with boils those communications workers who design touch-tone menu systems, staff helldesks, or design proprietary ‘walled garden’ systems?

    What is the Blessed St Frank’s position on those who use their knowledge to empower and further the work of those obvious arms of Satanic influence in the world that are the MPAA, RIAA and copyright maximalists? Can those who work against the freedom of human interaction ever enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Or are they destined for a Boschian hell, to be tormented for all eternity by public domain demons?

    Yours faithfully
    (etc, etc.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    “the one-sidedness of the interaction, the tendency to communicate only some parts of one’s interior world, the risk of constructing a false image of oneself, which can become a form of self-indulgence. … ”

    This applies to the written word as well.

  9. Mongrove_Moone says:

    And Scotty beamed them to the Klingon ship
    Where there would be no tribble at all.

    All power to the engines.

  10. carboncomp says:

    In a way, religions are an ancient form of social network. Religious “technology” is a form of communication technology. So the same argument could be made:

    In the RELIGIOUS world, transmitting information increasingly means making it known within a social network where knowledge is shared in the context of personal exchanges. … this dynamic has contributed to a new appreciation of communication itself, which is seen first of all as dialogue, exchange, solidarity and the creation of positive relations.

    On the other hand, this is contrasted with the limits typical of RELIGIOUS communication: the one-sidedness of the interaction, the tendency to communicate only some parts of one’s interior world, the risk of constructing a false image of oneself, which can become a form of self-indulgence. …

    The RELIGIOUS technologies allow people to meet each other beyond the confines of space and of their own culture, creating in this way an entirely new world of potential friendships.

  11. boo says:

    OK! I give up.
    Mother Theresa looks better than this.

    Sweet nighty nights to every one else.

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