The other day I posted about the Motu Proprio establishing the new Consilium pro Repropaganda Fidei no, that’s not it… pro Promotione Nova Salvatoris … er um … Consilium de Nova Evanglizatione Promovenda.
At the end of my little entry I asked:
QUAERITUR: How will the new office use the internet?
Now I read this story from The Catholic Herald.
Office for evangelising cyberspace does not have internet access, says official
By Rupert de Lisle on Thursday, 14 October 2010
The head of the new pontifical council charged with evangelising cyberspace has said that his new office does not have an internet connection. [Imagine my surprise.]
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelisation, made the startling admission at a press conference unveiling the new council.
A Motu Proprio issued on Tuesday established the responsibilities of the council, which include “studying modern means of communications”. [Had I been one of His Excellency's aides going into this conference, the first thing I would have done is put a laptop on the Archbishop President's desk with an internet card plugged in just to avoid this sort of problem.]
But Archbishop Fisichella said: “Right now, I’m just hoping to get a computer in my office so I can get on the internet myself.”
Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio lists five responsibilities for the new department, including “studying modern means of communications”. [I suggest hiring a couple young people ... perhaps the first two you find passing by the office. They'll tell you that having an internet connection allows you to get, say, email, download videos, play WoW. Ask them to explain their phones.]
Sorry. I can’t help myself.
You have to keep in mind that when it comes to Vatican and technology… well… in the Vatican they update their equipment ever 75 years, whether it needs it or not. It can take weeks to get a phone line installed.
Eeuu! Monziggnore! Need any help?
Wouldn’t that be a Dantesque contrapasso!
In the meantime:
What Twitter hash tag should we provide for the new Council? They won’t have gotten to that yet. #pcdnep ?
Let’s have your suggestions, and then we can vote on them.