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    • Prayer of the Week September 19, 2017
      Compassionate Creator,within and beyond all things,holy are your names.May your ways of wisdom and compassionbe known and embodied by all.Grant what we need each dayin bread and insight.Loose the cords of mistakes that bind usas we release the strands we hold of others' guilt.Do not let surface things delude usbut free us from all that holds us backfrom […]
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One way dialogue

Benedict’s recent support for the use of social media should have been encouraging: as any blogger knows, technology provides a great way to generate discussion, and sometimes, some good ideas can emerge.  For what is supposedly a listening church, but has not yet created any structures in which to do that listening, social media would seem to go some way to fill that gap, at least informally.  But it seems that the Church’s idea of consultation, here as elsewhere, is strictly one-way.

Catholic Church embraces social media — with limits

Orlando Sentinel

Benedict XVI, the first pope with his own YouTube channel and presence on Facebook, is urging Roman Catholic clergy to use social media to communicate with parishioners and reach those outside the church.

“Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis,” the Pope declared in January in preparation for World Communications Day in May.

But the Catholic Church, including the Orlando Diocese, has policies that take the “social” out of social media. Parishes that use social media, such as Facebook, are instructed to disable the comment functions of those sites

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