From Vatican Insider comes this …. color me skeptical.
Benedict XVI has almost 2 million followers on Twitter. “The Pope has grasped the full potential of this social network. Facebook’s too personal”
VATICAN INSIDER STAFF
“Someone had to show the Pope where to press to send his tweet as he’s not very familiar with modern technology. What is important is the Pope’s willingness and openness to this new communication medium,” the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Mgr. Carlo Maria Celli, said. Mgr. Celli commented on the launch of the Pope’s new Twitter account, in a statement to ANSA at the end of the “High Speed News” conference organised by the Rome Press Association.
“We were strike [sic] by the media interest it sparked across the world. The account has almost 2 million followers – Celli added -. The majority of followers are Brits, [?!? I doubt that! Is it possible the word “English” was taken for nationality rather than language spoken?] followed by the Spanish and the Italians. It is true that there are not many German followers but we were shocked to see so many Arab followers. When I explained the importance of having so many followers and the global effect of retweeting to the Pope, he understood perfectly and was well aware of the immense communicative potential of this.” [potential… how ’bout moving from “potency to act”?]
“At the moment we are not considering opening a Facebook account for the Pope [Deo gratias!] as it is a much more personal medium, while YouTube and Twitter have a more institutional dimension – he continued-. It is not true, as some have claimed that the Pope doesn’t even look at tweets, because he has to approve them. The Secretariat of State sends Twitter messages along with other documents to the Pope for approval. [sigh] If this was not the case, these would not be the Pope’s tweets. Although he doesn’t write the tweets himself, these are the 100% Pope’s messages.”
Like with every other document, the Pope isn’t going to have written the whole thing himself.
However, I will return to my two burning questions:
Are the Pope’s @pontifex tweets going to be published in Acta Apostolicae Sedis?
What theological note will they have?