Aparecida 487-488: The Internet

487. Viewed from within the entire range of media, the Internet should be understood to be, as expressed earlier at Vatican II, one of the “wonderful technological discoveries.”(Inter Mirifica 1).

The first word, from some years before it was invented, is positive. The first pope of the internet age might be in agreement:

For the Church the new world of cyberspace is a summons to the great adventure of using its potential to proclaim the Gospel message. This challenge is at the heart of what it means at the beginning of the millennium to follow the Lord’s command to “put out into the deep”: Duc in altum! (Lk 5:4).(John Paul II, Message of the Holy Father for the 36th World Communications Day, Internet: A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel. n. 2, January 12, 2002)

488. The Church approaches this new medium with realism and confidence. Like other communications media, it is a means, not an end in itself. The Internet can offer magnificent opportunities for evangelization if used with competence and a clear awareness of its strengths and weaknesses.(Ibid. 3)

A reminder that like any media–not only communications, but art, musical genre, anything peripheral to the Gospel message–these are all means to disperse the Gospel and nurture it among people.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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