Tuesday, January 8, 2013

More on the Twerps: They Might Be Searching for God

More on the Church-meets-Twitter phenomenon. Don't forget to spiritually adopt these people (read more about my plan on this site). It's so easy to give into the temptation to "chase after all the negative," as the monsignor said. Rather than engaging with anger, offer your frustrations resulting from their comments for the sake of their conversion. Here is the story below.

The good, bad, ugly: Church can't shy away from Twitter's Wild WestVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With Pope Benedict XVI's new presence on Twitter, people from all over the world can now post papal messages with just the push of an on-screen button.While many have welcomed the pope's foray into the virtual world, his @Pontifex handles and "reply-able" posts have also meant that rude and crude comments have come with the mix.Twitter is "an open communications platform," and the Vatican has readily embraced what the full-fledged exercise of freedom of speech entails, said Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which organized and runs the pope's eight language-based Twitter accounts. ...The Irish-born Msgr. Tighe said that in sifting through the feedback, "what stuck with me most was all the lovely stuff," the positive and genuine comments and queries in the midst of the ugly. Just because there is a negative side to new media doesn't mean the church should shy away, he said.The wrong approach would be to "chase after all the negative, and then let it define who you are," he said.Pope Benedict, instead, has called on Catholics to engage online with respect and with a genuine and earnest spirit, the monsignor said.He said the pope has even called on priests to do the digital dive, saying, "Let's give a soul to the Internet, not just content."Msgr. Tighe suggested priests, religious and other Catholics "jump right in and answer people's questions" that have been submitted using the @Pontifex and #Pontifex tags. Sometimes, veiled under the sarcasm or criticism, are signs of "a genuine searching," he said.Read more...