Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age

I am working my way through a careful reading of Pope Benedict XVI’s World Communications Day Message “Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Ageand thought it would be helpful to create a centralized post with links to analysis and commentary on the document.  If you’re aware of a helpful link, please post it in the comments below.  I will be updating this post soon with my own reflections on the document and would love to hear your thoughts on your favorite portions.

Upon initial reading, I again am reminded that every year, the Holy Father’s message for those who have devoted their lives to work in communications is always relevant to the larger society.  Especially in the past few years, as social networking has revolutionized the way in which we communicate with one another, we faithful are hungry for guidance for our spiritual leaders for ways in which we can embrace these technologies for good, for the spread of the Gospel truths.

In my preliminary reading of the letter, several wonderful quotes stand out, including this one:

“To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgements that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken of specifically.”

Such a great reminder that we remain authentic in all of our communications, but especially that we not create an online persona that is inconsistent with our “real world” lifestyle.  For those of us who spend a great deal of time online, this transparency, honesty and responsibility to be true messengers of Christ’s good news is a constant challenge.

More soon on the document, be here are a few places you can find news on Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age.

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