The pope is on Twitter. Most Episcopal bishops are not.

The leader of a global institution know for adapting quickly to fast-paced change has joined Twitter.

Yep, Pope Benedict XVI has made the leap before the vast majority of bishops in the allegedly nimble Episcopal Church.

Rocco Palmo at Whispers in the Loggia reminds us of some of what the Pope has said about new media. And, unfortunately, there many of the leaders of our church, could learn a lesson or two.

In 2010, he invited priests to see the possibility of sharing the Word of God through their engagement with new media: the new media offer ever new and far-reaching pastoral possibilities, encouraging them to embody the universality of the Church’s mission, to build a vast and real fellowship, and to testify in today’s world to the new life which comes from hearing the Gospel of Jesus, the eternal Son who came among us for our salvation. In his Message for 2011, he specified that: The web is contributing to the development of new and more complex intellectual and spiritual horizons, new forms of shared awareness. In this field too we are called to proclaim our faith that Christ is God, the Saviour of humanity and of history, the one in whom all things find their fulfilment (cf. Eph 1:10). In this year’s Message, the Holy Father was even more precise: Attention should be paid to the various types of websites, applications and social networks which can help people today to find time for reflection and authentic questioning, as well as making space for silence and occasions for prayer, meditation or sharing of the word of God. In concise phrases, often no longer than a verse from the Bible, profound thoughts can be communicated, as long as those taking part in the conversation do not neglect to cultivate their own inner lives.
Comments (5)

Over the course of busy days with my now nearly-ridiculously long commute, I am grateful for dioceses, parishes, individual Christians (lay and ordained), and even (thanks to the wonders of Facebook) long-deceased saints who share snippets of faith and reflection through social media. It is a kind of electronic "Little Hours" for busy days, available wherever my iPhone gets service.

Re that "nearly-ridiculously long commute": I trust, Adam, you're not reading those "snippets of faith and reflection through social media" while you're driving! O_o

JC Fisher

"Allegedly nimble?" Who on earth ever accused us of being that? LOL

Eric Bonetti

Haha, bus and train, JC!

Mine's almost 250 miles a day. What's yours?

--Susan Forsburg

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