continue to move forward in our e-vangelization. Let our young
people (and some of us oldies as well) come up with creative
initiatives for us to tap on to this wave of the future, which
is already here and now. We have a great opportunity for the
gospel to be preached throughout the world .... and then the
end can come (Mt 24:14).
Evangelization Is a Challenge in Digital World, Says
Archbishop Celli Notes Need for a "Language That Can Be
ROME, MAY 5, 2011 (Zenit.org).-
Evangelization in a world of communications technology is the
biggest challenge the Vatican is facing today, according
to the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
Claudio Celli said this at a study day organized by Italian
Catholic Action, leading up to this weekend's national assembly.
new technologies place us before unimaginable possibilities,"
the archbishop said.
Vatican is taking steps to rise to the challenge. Last Monday,
it hosted a meeting for bloggers, and Archbishop Celli noted
another meeting held for Twitter users.
69-year-old prelate spoke of it as a phase of learning.
pointed to a problem that bloggers trying to defend the faith
are sometimes "unable to establish a dialogue."
is a very important point, he stressed, because the "Pope
does not invite us to proselytism or to a form of aggressive
defense of what we believe."
Celli said Catholic communicators need to be aware of belonging
to a Church "that does not just engage in communication
but that is communication -- not of intellectual concepts,
as if it were an ideology, but essentially
communication of the love of God, of a God who loves
man and seeks him with tireless love."
"there still exists in the Church an instrumental view
of the media," even though John Paul II already understood
"that the new technologies were generating a new culture,"
the prelate claimed.
new culture is reflected in the example of 400,000 primary
school children in Uruguay studying on laptops, the archbishop
first grade," he said, "they learn to relate to
and to know one another through the computer. To find out
something they go to Wikipedia, and they connect from home
with their friends. A child who lives in connection with others,
for example, understands better what it means to be in communication."
And he will also be able "to understand better what the
Mystical Body of Christ is" because he will understand
better what it means to be in communication with the Church.
the Vatican official cautioned, a paradox exists, because
"while one is connected, at the same time one is very
well is the Church able to communicate and proclaim the Gospel
in this digital culture?
is the basic problem, according to Archbishop Celli.
should ask ourselves to what degree we minister in the digital
realm, and we have to understand outright that we are still
lacking in this regard," he said. "To what degree
do we know how to dialogue with the digital culture, with
the youthful reality." This
is "the greatest challenge we are facing."
meet it, the Church needs the language
of the culture, which implies more than just technology,
is entailed is a "cultural mediation in the context of
this digital world," which requires "an anthropological
dimension of language," Archbishop Celli said.
is necessary to understand the problems of the man of today,"
otherwise there can be technological initiatives that are
beautiful, but ineffective, the prelate warned. There must
be "a language that can be well understood, which succeeds
in bearing within it the message of the Gospel."
to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Phil 1:21)