Among Father’s observations is an amusing bit about how the Holy See’s explanatory announcement of this Twitter thing, bloggers such as he and I are referred to as “early adapters”. Father also posts a photo of old bakelite sockets and plugs. That in itself is reason enough to visit his blog and be amused. He also added, correctly, that this move by the Holy See, and the measure of cooperation among different dicasteries, suggests that, finally, some in the Curia realize that they have to adapt or die. To put it another way, it isn’t quite good enough to, as I have in the past sardonically described the Holy See’s approach to technology, “Update our equipment every 75 years, whether it needs it or not.”
This morning I was talking to a priest friend about the propriety/wisdom of the Holy Father having a Twitter account.
As you can by now tell, I have my reservations.
I focused on the question from the point that Tweeting seems – for a Pope – to be infra dignitatem. At least right now.
Yes, yes. I know all the points about St. Paul writing letters to communities and bishops using the Imperial postal system. I know about stained-glass and the printing press and radio and all those other things. I was the one who came up with the image of Christ being the first to use technology, to perform “on line ministry”, when he had Himself but let out on the water in a boat on the end of a line so that more people could hear him as the stood on the shore. Yes, yes. I know that.
But my friend raised a good point.
As we watch the hierarchy at home and abroad lurching around trying to figure out what to do in the face of social comms, are we not seeing one example of “me-tooism” after another?
“Hey! Did you know that young people go to rock concerts!?! Let’s have one too!”
The Holy See would do well to focus on a theology of communication.
Christ is the Perfect Communicator (Communio et progressio, 11). Let’s start there.
IDEA: Let the Social Communications types in the Curia sponsor another meeting in Rome for bloggers and bring in people to talk about a theology of communication.