To Whom Much Is Given, Much Shall Be Required

04/22/2010 Comments (2)

“The increased availability of the new technologies demands greater responsibility on the part of those called to proclaim the Word, but it also requires them to become more focused, efficient and compelling in their efforts. Priests stand at the threshold of a new era: as new technologies create deeper forms of relationship across greater distances, they are called to respond pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word.” - Pope Benedict XVI (44th WCD)

Pastors and Church leaders who refuse to use new media technologies in their ministries are not just missing out, they are shirking a responsibility. “To whom much is given, much shall be required” (Luke...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, catholic, new media, pope benedict xvi, responsibility

The New Sex Abuse Scandal - All Caught on Tape

04/21/2010 Comments (10)

Oh, you didn’t hear about it in the news?  The cover up?  The child rape?  Your tax dollars?  The “evidence” bagged up and thrown into dumpsters? 

It’s got all the makings of a great tabloid headline or suspense thriller. Except this time every bit of it is true. And there is hard evidence to prove it. I’m talking, of course, about the cover up of sex abuse and child rape by Planned Parenthood and organizations like them. And more evidence was just released today (shown below).

It’s interesting. If the Pope sneezes into a tissue that was handed to him by someone who once had mass with a child-abusing priest who has since been taken out of service, the Church is smeared by every news...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, scandal, sex abuse, video

Did you hear about this Virtual Pilgrimage?

04/16/2010 Comments (1)

In 2009, at the height of the H1N1 flu virus epidemic, Costa Rica’s Minister of Health decided to ban a 228 year old tradition for the first time ever. This tradition is an annual pilgrimage involving more than 1 million pilgrims who walk to the Basilica Virgen de Los Angeles, a church outside of the capital, San Jose.

Since Catholics there were then not able to participate in the 2009 gathering due to these public health concerns, some of them turned to the web to carry on the tradition using a “Virtual Pilgrimage”. It was led up by the radio station there, Radio Fides, and their ad agency. The interactive website they created is a really neat idea and the ad for it actually won the top...READ MORE

Filed under new media, pilgrimages, video, virtual march for life

How should the Church embrace the Media?

04/15/2010 Comments (3)

Twenty years ago, Pope John Paul II said this in his World Communication’s Day message:

“In the new ‘computer culture’ the Church can more readily inform the world of her beliefs and explain the reasons for her stance on any given issue or event. She can hear more clearly the voice of public opinion, and enter into a continuous discussion with the world around her, thus involving herself more immediately in the common search for solutions to humanity’s many pressing problems.” - John Paul II, The Christian Message in a Computer Culture

That was in 1990.  Even then Church leadership recognized the importance of being a part of the “computer culture” to more readily explain ourselves,...READ MORE

Filed under church, john paul ii, media, scandal

More Planned Parenthood Lies Caught On Tape

04/14/2010 Comments (4)

Was Planned Parenthood caught lying on tape…again? Yep.

Is there more hard evidence of Planned Parenthood victimizing confused mothers and their babies…again?  Yep.

Do hundreds of millions of your hard-earned tax dollars go toward funding this exact activity?  Yep.

Here’s the undercover footage:

Is it not disturbing that our federal government (and the politicians we voted for) continue to give away our money every year to this unethical, dishonest, criminal organization?

This video is the product of another excellent, courageous effort by Live Action - an outstanding pro-life, new media organization led by a young lady named Lila Rose.  Lila was 15 years old when she first founded...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, abortion funding, new media, video

These Nuns Are Totally Digital

04/09/2010 Comments (6)

This week’s Catholics in New Media will highlight a tiny, tech savvy group of Benedictine nuns in the United Kingdom. I don’t know a lot about them yet, but they seem to be doing an excellent job of integrating the tools of technology into the living out of their vocation.

The Benedictine nuns of Holy Trinity Monastery are located in East Hendred, UK - in the Roman Catholic diocese of Portsmouth - where they are committed to searching for God according to St Benedict’s threefold pattern of prayer, work and study. One of the things that makes them unique is that a lot of their work is digital. And they are using their website and other technology as an effective way to share their vocation...READ MORE

Filed under catholics in new media, new media, nuns, websites

The God of Communication

04/08/2010 Comments (1)

This week’s clip from our New Media Library is from Papa B:

“While the speed with which the new technologies have evolved in terms of their efficiency and reliability is rightly a source of wonder, their popularity with users should not surprise us, as they respond to a fundamental desire of people to communicate and to relate to each other. This desire for communication and friendship is rooted in our very nature as human beings and cannot be adequately understood as a response to technical innovations. In the light of the biblical message, it should be seen primarily as a reflection of our participation in the communicative and unifying Love of God, who desires to make of all humanity...READ MORE

Filed under communication, new media, pope benedict xvi

Changing Hearts One Video at a Time

04/07/2010 Comments (7)

On the web, video is absolutely pervasive. Not only can you find a “how-to” or explanation for just about any project or issue, but you can also find a video of somebody actually demonstrating it.

This is powerful stuff. Most people learn better when they can visualize it. And they relate to it more strongly when it has been personalized and made it concrete - when it is real for them. Video can do this beautifully.

The advancements in new media technologies have made video easy to make and cheap to distribute. And just as importantly, the advancements in social media have given us the ability to target specific audiences in a practical way.

In other words, you don’t have to make a...READ MORE

Filed under evangelization, new media, video

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Matthew Warner is a lover of God, his wife, his kids, his life, cookies, hot-buttered bread, snoozin' & awkward (as well as not awkward) silence. He is the founder and CEO of Flocknote, the creator of Tweet Catholic, a contributing author to The Church and New Media book, and writer/founder at The Radical Life. Matt has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship. He and his family hang their hats in Texas.