The Vatican likes Facebook, too…

And not just because Jesus has his own page. An Italian priest writing in the Vatican-approved Jesuit journal, La Civilta’ Cattolica, says that “Basically, Facebook incarnates a utopia: that of always staying close to those people we care about in one way or another and of getting to know others who are compatible with us.” But Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro also warned of the “utopian” lure of Facebook, where he himself and a growing number of other clergy and religious have pages.
As this report from Catholic News Service puts it:


The point of Facebook is to share your life, he said, but there is a temptation to construct an identity to make the user seem “more acceptable, pleasant, even desirable, including sexually.”
In addition, psychologically people could have a difficult time declining a request to become “friends” on Facebook and, with a counter on a person’s profile page keeping track of the number of his or her friends, some may be tempted simply to collect friends.

But as Fr. Spadaro notes, there are friends and then there are friends. When Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples started a Facebook page, the number of people asking to “friend” him quickly reached Facebook’s maximum of 5,000 friends. Yet when as CNS notes, when Cardinal Sepe invited his Facebook friends to a special, in-person meeting just before Christmas, only 100 showed up.
NOTE: You can check out Cardinal Sepe and some of his friends here.

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posted May 26, 2009 at 4:02 am

Facebook’s Connects strategy, and development is certainly interesting to follow. Google is going to have a much tougher fight ahead if they don’t move a lot faster. Also, will all this convergence, comes a need for greater privacy settings, and the understanding of how to use them.

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posted August 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Pope Benedict XVI often travels to Germany, (Deutschland), for secret enclaves with police activities societies, and govt. officials.
Why does the Pope travel to Germany so much and not too many places in America; like for instance, say, San Diego, California; where the weather is right, and the people and the climate are nice?
Why does the Holy Roman Pontiff, continue to do extravagant business with Germany, when American faithful, in the 10’s of millions, would like him to really visit more often?
Why if the Vatican, can’t find enough priests; then does Rome fall, and the Vatican too?
Who will be left, when all the old priests retire?
And other priests leave to get married,
And other priests leave because they are told,
And other priests leave to get into the mainstream again,
Who will be left, but the Sicilian Orthodox Catholic Church Inc.?
And it’s ordained ministers of the faith,
Because we put you through an apprenticeship program, such as the Apostles, had,
And to this day carry on, the Crucifix, daily.
Has not Rome been marched on before?
Who was left but our society?
Where are the 2,012 year old documents, proving that you are priests?
(If you find your documents)
We are threefold: Levite Priests, Orthodox Catholic Priests, Roman Catholic Priests, and all other ministers.
(Here are my documents, below, given to us by The Lord, God Almighty, who was and is and is to come…)

Mark 16: 15-20
15i He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. 18They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”j
The Ascension of Jesus. 19So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.k 20But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.]l
Revelations 1:6
6who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever [and ever]. Amen.e
Exodus 19: 5-6
5Now, if you obey me completely and keep my covenant,* you will be my treasured possession among all peoples,c though all the earth is mine. 6You will be to me a kingdom of priests,* a holy nation.d That is what you must tell the Israelites
1 Peter 2: 9-10
9* But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.h
10Once you were “no people”
but now you are God’s people;
you “had not received mercy”
but now you have received mercy.i

In The Love of Christ; seek Him first, in all things, Amen.
Papa-Bishioni Superiori/msgr.-bishop Shawn Schindler

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