Bishop warns Roman Catholics against «insane» Internet Twitterings Social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook are full of «insane chatter» and are no substitute for real friendships, a leading Roman Catholic bishop has warned.

Bishop Tartaglia in the center
Bishop Tartaglia in the center

In a message to be read out at mass in every Catholic parish in Scotland this weekend, the Bishop of Paisley, Rt Rev Philip Tartaglia, speaks against the «obsessive» reliance on new technology. In a pastoral letter to Scotland’s 500 Catholic parishes, Bishop Tartaglia, president of a Bishops’ Conference of Scotland communications group, praises the benefits of the internet but also warns of the dangers such as so-called cyberbullying.

«In dialogue with others we need to be wary of the inane chatter that can go on in the digital world which does nothing to promote growth in understanding and tolerance», he wrote.

Echoing a message on the same theme from the Pope, he said it would be «profoundly sad» if online friendships became a substitute for the real thing.

«The fact that we can instantly communicate doesn’t mean that we must», he added.

«We should avoid an obsessive need for virtual connectedness and develop primary human relationships, pursuing true friendship with real people».

Source: Telegraph

My comment:

The Bishop has a lot of valid points. But he should first send a twitter to the Pope. Last week the Vatican it self opened an Face book account for the Pope. The Vatican has also started a Pope2You project. May the Lord have mercy on all facebookers. Amen.