More 'puppy dogs and rainbows' talk from the pope:
In his message Thursday, Francis said the Internet offers "immense possibilities" to encounter people from different cultural and traditional backgrounds and show solidarity with them.
"This is something truly good, a gift from God," he wrote. But he warned: "The desire for digital connectivity can have the effect of isolating us from our neighbors, from those closest to us."
He called for communications in the digital era to be like "a balm which relieves pain and a fine wine which gladdens hearts" and for the church's message to not be one of bombarding others with Christian dogma. (Oh, the hypocrisy!)
News article here: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/national_world&id...
In comments that will likely rile the more conservative wing of the church, Francis suggested that in engaging in that dialogue, Catholics shouldn't be arrogant in insisting that they alone possess the truth.
"To (have a) dialogue means to believe that the 'other' has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective," Francis wrote. "Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the pretense that they alone are valid and absolute."
.....Francis has offered a softer approach in his sermons and gestures. In one famous off-the-cuff homily, he suggested that even atheists can find salvation. He also riled some conservatives when he washed the feet of two Muslims during the Holy Thursday re-enactment of Christ washing the feet of his apostles.
But rest assured that tolerance is not the official stance of the Catholic church:
Archbishop Claudio Mario Celli, the head of the Vatican's social communications office, said he didn't think Francis was making an official policy statement on interreligious dialogue, noting that the message was merely a reflection, "not a conciliar or dogmatic text."
.....which means business as usual.
It may be that he is largely unaware of the scope of the internet or its utility in multiple venues OR its contribution to the falling numbers of believers, at least in the US. If he wants to engage the internet as a means of spreading catholicism and he is serious about that engagement, he should be aware that this is a venue where his opinion is not only not the only one, but that the stance of the Holy See will be challenged and debated and summarily eviscerated as it has been, long before he decided to stick his toe in the water.
As I said before, if this is the direction he wants to go in, he is in for the education of a lifetime and one which I hope discomfits him in no small measure.
The Internet is the death of god.
At the same time he promotes wine, saying it 'gladdens hearts'. Wine stinks ! It makes people sick and depressed. Alcohol is a hard drug which kills, destroys lives and societies. It's the drug for wimps and sycophants like the pope. All the 'good people' can have it and maybe even scorn users of other recreational drugs.
The Internet? Dive on in, Frankie. The piranhas are waiting! Mwu haaa haaa haaa!!!!!
This is probably why the pope is so enthusiastic about the internet.
"Catholic church generating astronomical profits from pornography"
Plus, downloading internet porn is a lot less trouble than going to the Vatican-owned, Europe's largest gay bathhouse.
That Vatican Crimes website seems somewhat sensationalist. Not that the Vatican needs to be sensationalized- I tend to believe these stories- but the sheer number of the stories is hard to digest. Why aren't these running on the news every day?
Religious people are always giving God the credit for stuff he had nothing to do with. My favorite is when an infertile couple turns to science, ends up with ten identical kids, then they thank God for the "blessing."
No, dumbasses, "God" didn't want you people to have ANY kids!!! Doctors and scientists are the ones to thank.
Yes, and never forget that the Church STILL has the Inquisition up its sleeve with the Jesuits. Nothing in Canon Law has been abrogated, just "ignored" for the time being. It will all come back, you can be sure of it.
What a nut case the pope is, The internet isn't the gift from God. Idiot!
He just want to try to feed more bulshit into his followers heads to feel like he is on top of the world.
The internet is a gift from the man invented it! LOL! Stupid Pope!