Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Condolence in a digital age Comments 0

Friday, October 7th, 2016

How do we comfort others in this digital age? Is a text message or emoji enough? When, pray tell, should we actually use the phone to call? Or…talk face-to-face?! A recent NY Times commentary, “The Art of Condolence” by author Bruce Feiler, wades into these choppy waters of shifting cultural expectations. Penned after Feiler’s own mighty Read more

Babies soon may be baptised on Skype Comments 0

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The Church of Scotland is considering online baptisms and communions to help reverse a decline in membership. The plans are due to be presented to delegates at the Church’s annual gathering on The Mound in Edinburgh next week. It is hoped the plans will start a debate about how to engage more with parishioners while also Read more

Vatican PR aide decries Catholics who spout online hate Comments 2

Friday, May 20th, 2016

A Vatican communication aide has chided Catholics for turning the Internet into a cesspool of vitriol in the name of defending the faith. Fr Thomas Rosica told a World Communications Day event in New York that sometimes Catholic conversation online is more “culture of death” than “culture of life”. “Many of my non-Christian and non-believing Read more

Exposing kids to porn is child abuse, Aussie bishops say Comments 1

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Exposure to pornography harms children so much that it should be considered child abuse, Australia’s Catholic bishops have said. A commission of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference gave a statement to a senate committee in their nation last month. The committee was making an inquiry into the harm of Internet pornography. “Children have a right Read more

Anti-Catholic protesters disrupt Las Vegas Masses Comments 0

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Protesters shouting slogans like “Pope is a Satan” have disrupted several Masses in churches in Las Vegas. The group behind the action, Koosha Las Vegas, have been entering churches during services, shouting at Catholics that they need to repent now or else. The group has filmed the acts and posting them on the Internet. This Read more

Irish primate concerned at social media trends Comments 0

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Ireland’s Catholic primate has criticised the way social media is being turned into a harsh and dehumanising environment for some. Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh told a conference at Maynooth that it is particularly reprehensible when those responsible purport to be Catholic or Christian. “Sadly more and more journalists, members of the Church and other Read more

Pornography is harmless? Think again Comments 0

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Pornography may be defined as “the depiction of erotic behavior (sexual display in pictures or writing) that is intended to cause sexual excitement” in the viewer.(1) Over the past decade there has been a large increase in the pornographic material that is available to both adults and children. Mainstream pornography use has grown common because Read more

Pope hasn’t watched TV since 1990 after promise to Mary Comments 1

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Pope Francis has revealed that he hasn’t watched television since 1990, as a result of a promise he made to Our Lady of Mt Carmel. In a long and personal interview in Argentinean newspaper La Voz del Pueblo, the Pope said that he made this promise on the night of July 15, 1990. “I told Read more

Italy priests’ scandals involve gay orgies and maybe murder Comments 0

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Two separate, highly embarrassing Church scandals have generated lurid coverage in the Italian press. A north Italian priest has been removed from office after allegations he looked for gay lovers on the Internet and had been involved in gay orgies. The priest admitted online to sexual relationships with other religious figures – as well as Read more

‘Christians’ and internet hatred Comments 0

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

The New York Times published a piece last week called “The Data of Hate.” Much of the data came from, which Times contributor Seth Stephens-Davidowitz called “America’s most popular online hate site.” It was founded in 1995 by former Ku Klux Klan leader Don Black. The frightening thing is that 76 percent of Americans Read more