How confident can Catholics have in technology?

Last Saturday morning I wrote a condolence letter, made a doctor’s appointment, bought a book, and went on social media looking for cheap flights to Chicago.

While I was in bed, everyone was using the iPad.

Fast communication technology has reduced our world and accelerated time. It affects who we meet and what we perceive and our thinking And let’s act in almost every aspect of our lives.

Our faith is not free from these influences.

Faith and the Gospel

Christianity is the “newcomer” in the history of technological change, and it is even leading. Early Christian missionaries rediscovered the Scriptures. Bound manuscripts (Instead of using the most expensive and immovable Jewish long scrolls to make). Monks were created. Spelling It was clear to read and easy to copy. Centuries later, Father Patrick Peeton and Ven. Fulton Shin was a pioneer in the spread of Catholicism.

Today’s Internet seems to be designed for evangelism. Some sectors of Christianity, such as the Protestant Mega Churches, are enthusiastically and competently incorporating music and video to spread their message. In the Catholic World, Word on Fire distributes the gospel through videos and podcasts, and has broadcasts worldwide and broadcasts 24 hours a day on television screens in 140 countries. Studies show that people who do not regularly attend church services are more likely to use the church website, especially if it is easy to use, eye-catching and fun. Popular prayer apps, such as Halloween, target young people.

But ready access, ease of control, speed and convenience are not necessarily Catholic values. The charm is not necessarily good. And an unlimited amount of good is not always good.

Digital division

Some long-term consequences of technology transitions are truly disappointing. The CV-19 epidemic has shown a huge global imbalance between digital and non-digital. He said schools in the city had taken the worst toll on children’s educational opportunities A recent study by the Pew Research Center. And the older generation can struggle with things like touch screens, filling out online forms and connecting with family.

Dark realities tend to accumulate.

A priest who listens to you will tell you that pornography addiction is rampant.

Our personal information is the details of our browsing history and, surprisingly, the content of our private messaging, which is commercially valuable, temporarily sold to advertisers, and used by the content we see on our social media sites. Youth – Especially teenage girls and young women Every day, they are pressured to conform to impossible ideas in all areas of life. Studies show We are losing the ability to collect and store the information we use.

Since we cannot simply be torn apart forever, how Must Do Catholics use communication technology in all its forms?

Roads ahead

The question is big and complex and requires both prayer and deep study. So far, neither the church nor the Catholic universities have responded adequately to the development and widespread access to technology. I hope so Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies in USCI may be leading a discussion like this. And in the meantime, I offer one principle and one value as a small contribution to that important question.

Of Principle and foundation of St. Ignatius of Loyola We should use it to the extent that we are created to love and serve God. If they do not help, then do not use them.

This means meditating on how much technology we use and how much it is used. When new software comes up overnight and we can easily distract ourselves, there is no easy task.

The value is the spiritual needs of the true community. Active property a The religious community is shrinking. And people who have no religious affiliation (“none”) are mostly young adults, about a quarter of the American population. But many young people want a sense of belonging.

Whom does the society created by technology algorithm lead us to? Agree with us and stay away from those who do not accept you. And screen time is basically a waste of time alone.

During the plague, Masses of many parishes live And in a state of widespread uncertainty and disruption of prayer consciousness, comfort, and persistent emotions.

But am I the only one who has ever seen other programs on social media, or when I get bored, I can easily post? Attending Mass at Mass requires a certain level of commitment. Gathering with strangers or feeling overwhelmed can be time consuming and uncomfortable.

And the blessing is here – because our faith is what we give, not just what we get.


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