Vatican Notes & Quotes

ZENIT, Nov. 22—It isn't quite the first cyber-synod, but a meeting in Rome was greatly aided by access to the information superhighway.

“The Synod of Bishops' Special Assembly for Oceania, inaugurated by John Paul II … is taking place thanks to the Internet,” Jan Cardinal Schotte, the synod's secretary generalwas quoted saying in a recent report.

The report agreed with his assessment, citing these examples:

• The Internet removed the obstacle of the cumbersome time it took in the past for Rome to communicate with the far-flung islands at the bottom of the globe.

• Also, among the numerous proposals made to the secretariat of the Synod, is one from a 100-year-old who stumbled on the preparatory document (Lineamenta) while browsing through the Internet.

The Earth is Not Our Mother

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.”—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy