Good heavens. It’s the pope. Now if he can manage it, having just celebrated 60 years as a priest, you and I can do it. Check out Vatican Twitter.
It’s believed that another famous octogenarian already is quite at ease with today’s devices, technologies and social networks. And you thought she had only a spare pair of white gloves in her handbag.
But seriously, we are all called to spread the Good News. Jesus sought out people and went where he knew he would find them. So did his followers, as we all know from the Acts of the Apostles. We, the Church of 2011, need to do likewise, especially if we want to reach emerging Catholics (between 18 and 30 years of age) and young Catholics (up to age 40). We must use their networks of choice.
We also need to keep our websites engaging and updated. Nothing turns away a visitors like “same old same old.” Our wise friend, Father James Martin, SJ, has a really challenging article in America on this and other web-related issues. Here it is.
Finally, deepest gratitude to all who attended and worked hard at our second annual New York Catholic Bible Summit last Saturday. It was a marvelous day with superb speakers and a beautiful liturgy. Thank you to all who made it such a great success, including our sponsors from the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, the American Bible Society and Fordham University. Special thanks to my co-chair, Oscar Cruz, director of Adult Catechesis and the Catechumenate, and to Daysi Guevara, our peerless registrar. Onward to Bible Summit III next June.
Happy Independence Day from your friends in the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office.