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Facebooking Not A Sin, Says Pope Benedict

Catholic Christians lacking proper guidance from Pope Benedict XVI whether they should be using social networks or not can take a deep breath. The Pope official blessed the used of Internet communication tools, especially social networks, but warned about risks.  

"In the search for sharing, for 'friends', there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself," he stated. He reminded Christians not to forget the interaction with others in the real world: "It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives."

In his statement of Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Agehe invited his community twice to actively participate in digital communication. "I would like then to invite Christians, confidently and with an informed and responsible creativity, to join the network of relationships which the digital era has made possible." If these words are not compelling enough, he noted that the Vatican is using the new tools as well: "I invite young people above all to make good use of their presence in the digital world. I repeat my invitation to them for the next World Youth Day in Madrid, where the new technologies are contributing greatly to the preparations."

Realistically, the words are a bit behind times as religions around the globe discovered the value of social network tools several years ago and are already engaged in virtual communities on networks such as Facebook. However, there is a certain sense of change, especially if we remember that Pope Benedict XIV comes from the depths of a very conservative and catholic area of Bavaria in Germany. Those who remember Pope Benedict as Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger preaching in Munich's cathedral may not have expected an apostolic approval of social networks from the Vatican.

  • JasonAkkerman
    The Pope official blessed the used of Internet communication tools, especially social networks, but warned about risks.
    Seriously, does anyone proof this stuff?
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  • dan55
    Quick, lock up your children! The priests will be all over Facebook now trying to find more kids to prey on.

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  • silverblue
    If I was a Catholic, I'd be so relieved that I could now look at such websites without fear of going to hell. No, really.

    Like anyone cared anyway? Like he's the authority on what people should and shouldn't do.
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  • JasonAkkerman
    silverblueIf I was a Catholic, I'd be so relieved that I could now look at such websites without fear of going to hell. No, really.Like anyone cared anyway? Like he's the authority on what people should and shouldn't do.
    You do know what/who the pope is?
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  • djackson_dba
    "Like he's the authority on what people should and shouldn't do."

    For his people, and there are a lot of 'em, he is the authority on what they should or should not do.
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  • Camikazi
    djackson_dba"Like he's the authority on what people should and shouldn't do."For his people, and there are a lot of 'em, he is the authority on what they should or should not do.When his priests are caught molesting children I think he loses the whole authority to tell people what to do :P
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  • bustapr
    silverblueIf I was a Catholic, I'd be so relieved that I could now look at such websites without fear of going to hell. No, really.Like anyone cared anyway? Like he's the authority on what people should and shouldn't do.
    well, that the thing about being the king of 17% of the worlds population. What he says goes and the loyal part of that 17% follows. really if he says its okay to sit naked on the couch he will bless everyones coaches and 17% of the world will start walking around naked at home. I still think its funny that they bless internet tools, social networks and toasters, lol
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  • "In the search for sharing, for 'friends', there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself," ... "It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives."

    I may not understand why people think that they have to specifically follow the pope in matters such as these but this was spoken like a true wise man.
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  • CoryInJapan
    ok those are no Christians..u dont need a mediator to talk to god...u can talk to him through jesus christ..and as a christian myself...I dont need no one telling me if Facebook is ok or not. Wake up people..organized religion defeats the purpose of Christianity..its to be like christ..love one another..and live the life that god would want you to...everyday..not just on Sundays.

    "Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you."
    james 1:27
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  • CoryInJapan
    and I forgot to ad that u accept the fact the jesus died on the cross....and admit to him were sinners....as everyone is..me included...and to accept jesus into our lives...and do our best to turn from those sins.
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