Pope’s Message to Priests: We Must Blog


(Source: Mashable The Social Media Guide)

Pope Benedict XVI has a message for priests of the Catholic Church: They must proclaim the gospel by not only having a website, but by blogging and utilizing new web communication tools.

The 265th Pope of the Catholic Church has been an unexpectedly strong proponent of social media. Last year, he launched a YouTube channel, and six months ago, he released Facebook and iPhone apps to spread the Church’s message. It looks like that he hopes Catholic priests will follow his digital example.

In his message, the Pope acknowledges that priests face new challenges due to cultural shifts that have brought the conversation online. Thus, priests must do more than just take the Word of the gospel to the web.

Here’s a small excerpt from the entire message from the Pope:

“The spread of multimedia communications and its rich ‘menu of options’ might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web, or to see it only as a space to be filled. Yet priests can rightly be expected to be present in the world of digital communications as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, exercising their proper role as leaders of communities which increasingly express themselves with the different ‘voices’ provided by the digital marketplace. 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.”

We have to give the Pope high marks for his push to make the Church more effective in the digital realm. While the Pope is not on Twitter (), his Pope2you initiative is definitely a step in the right direction. He clearly knows that reaching young believers requires going to the places where they spend their time and converse. More and more, that is social media.

神父講道 – 聖多瑪斯.阿奎納 司鐸、聖師 紀念 (週四) (2010年1月28日)

聖多瑪斯.阿奎納 (司鐸、聖師)(紀念)

恭讀聖馬爾谷福音 4:21-25

那時,耶穌向門徒們說:「人拿燈來,豈是為放在斗底或床下嗎?不是為放在燈台上嗎?因為沒有什麼隱藏的事,不是為顯露出來的;也沒有隱密的事,不是為彰明出來的。誰若有耳聽,聽吧!」耶穌又向他們說:「要留心你們所聽的:你們用什麼尺度量給人,也要用什麼尺度量給你們,且要多加給你們,因為凡有的,還要給他;凡沒有的,連他所有的,也要從他奪去。」

—基督的福音。

(3rd Week in Ordinary Time – Thursday)

(Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 4:21-25

21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 23 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25 For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

—The Gospel of the Lord.

往神父講道目錄

每日聖言靜思 常年期第三週 (週四) 1月28日

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谷4:21-25 (其他經文──撒下7:18-19, 24-29 詠132)
耶穌向門徒們說:「人拿燈來,豈是為放在斗底或床下嗎?不是為放在燈台上嗎?因為沒有什麼隱藏的事,不是為顯露出來的;也沒有隱密的事,不是為彰明出來的。誰若有耳聽,聽吧!」耶穌又向他們說:「要留心你們所聽的:你們用什麼尺度量給人,也要用什麼尺度量給你們,且要多加給你們,因為凡有的,還要給他;凡沒有的,連他所有的,也要從他奪去。」

默 想

  • 批判往往十分容易、就手就心;包容和設身處地,卻需要學習。
  • 那位被批評得體無原膚的,只會繼續得不到被建立,甚至沒有機會被接納。
  • 因著他的被拆毀、被推倒、被不給予機會,其實世界將變得暗淡一點,不那樣美麗一點。世事正正就是循著這個軌跡走,更多的人被惡意的、欠缺建設性的批評所推倒,一如骨牌效應。
  • 共融的精神相信應該是:只有善意的、建設性的批評,包容由願意去愛開始。先有愛,才做到包容。愛永遠走在前面,也在乎那一念之間。