Aparecida 490: Hosting Social Media

Concluding the  Aparecida bishops’ review of social communications, we read …

490. Inasmuch as digital exclusion is obvious, parishes, communities, Catholic cultural centers and educational institutions could foster the creation of network points and digital rooms to promote inclusion, developing new initiatives, and utilizing those already existing by viewing them positively. In Latin America there are online magazines, newspapers, sites, portals and services whose contents are both informative and formative, which also have a range of different religious and social guidance sites, such as “priest,” “spiritual guide,” “vocational guide,” “professor,” and “doctor.” Many Catholic schools and institutions offer distance theology and biblical culture courses.

These are all productive suggestions. But the parishes, centers, and schools do need to supplement with an in-person presence. It could be as easy to experience isolation at a Catholic hotspot and with Catholic content as in the privacy of one’s headphones.

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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