[LINK] Pope on the net
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Sat Jan 24 21:42:09 AEDT 2009
new.html?hpg1=bn> By Philip Willan , IDG News Service , 01/23/2009
Pope Benedict XVI marked his debut on YouTube Friday by releasing a
speech in which he praised new communication technologies as powerful
instruments for good, while also warning of the potential pitfalls
associated with their misuse.
In a speech entitled "New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a
Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship," released Friday ahead of
the Catholic Church's World Social Communications Day, scheduled for May
24, Benedict said digital technologies could be remarkable instruments
for dialogue (and) friendship ..
"These technologies are truly a gift to humanity and we must endeavor to
ensure that the benefits they offer are put at the service of all human
individuals and communities, especially those who are most disadvantaged
and vulnerable," the 81-year-old German pontiff said.
Mobile phones, computers and Internet had contributed to social progress
by facilitating dynamic forms of learning & communication, the Pope said.
The desire to communicate with others was imprinted in our nature by
God, "the God of communication and communion," the Pope said.
The Pope urged people of good will engaged in the digital communications
sector to promote a culture of dialogue and respect.
"If the new technologies are to serve the good of individuals and of
society, all users will avoid the sharing of words and images that are
degrading of human beings, that promote hatred and intolerance, that
debase the goodness and intimacy of human sexuality or that exploit the
weak and vulnerable," the Pope said.
The Pope also warned that Internet friendships should not displace
friendships in the real world and time-consuming navigation in cyberspace
should not isolate us from real life.
"If the desire for virtual connectedness becomes obsessive, it may in
fact function to isolate individuals from real social interaction while
also disrupting the patterns of rest, silence and reflection that are
necessary for healthy human development," he said.
But, delivered on the same day that the Vatican launched a dedicated
YouTube channel to disseminate the Pope's messages, the tone of his
speech on new technology was overwhelmingly positive .. (c) IDG News
(ps, not a Catholic,
but he IS a good man)
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