Catholics & Social Media

I’ve spent some time this morning catching up on some overdue reading, particularly of those regular journals and newspapers I subscribe to and which, for any number of reasons, don’t always get read when they arrive. In doing so I came across a wonderful ‘editorial’ in the December 15 edition of America, from the American Jesuits, in which the editor, Fr Matt Malone SJ, speaks about the theme for the 2018 World Communications Day.

Malone concludes his column by proposing a 10 point “Catholic Social Media Compact” to govern and direct the engagement with social media by Catholics, which principles I find particularly compelling. I hope to moderate my own social media usage in light of the principles and practices enumerated in this column. Regardless of what others might do, and we all know that others can be quite vicious in their social media engagement, I want to hold myself to a better standard, a standard that is rooted firmly in my Christian identity.

I invite you, dear reader, to join me.

A 10-Point Catholic Social Media Compact

Those who are engaged in the work of social communications full time like to point out that the only new, nonliturgical worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council was World Communications Day, set aside each year for the universal church to reflect on the wonderful “new avenues of communicating,” which affect “not only the eternal welfare of Christians, but also the progress of all mankind.”

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Article by Andrew Doohan

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