Question of the Week: Would You "Friend" Father on Facebook?


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I’ve followed my parish priest’s homilies online for several years, never imagining that one day he’d be stationed at my parish. Father is quite tech-savvy; he has a blog, an Apple watch, and a Twitter account. One day, to my surprise, he “friended” me on Facebook.

Now, I’m careful on Facebook. I try to remember that anything said there is said in a public forum, so I try to follow the Grandma Rule, considering whether I’d be OK with my grandmother seeing something I post on social media. If my posts would pass the Grandma Test, they’d pass the Pastor Test as well.

Would you “friend” your parish priest on Facebook?

Please share your answers and experiences in the comment box below.

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About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

1 Comment

  1. I have numerous priests as friends on Facebook, including the one I work for, past & present. My feeling about watching what I post is that if I have to watch what I post on social media, it probably shouldn’t be on social media. I do watch what I “like” though.

    Sometimes I filter what I post because a lot of my friends and most of my family aren’t Catholic & I don’t want to scare them off!

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