Pope calls the internet ‘a gift from God’
Pope Francis offered some thoughts about the internet Thursday as part of his World Communication Day message. And he seems to love it—though not to necessarily understand it all that well.
“The internet…offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God,” the Pope said.
He continued in this vein, seeming to think that the internet is a place for things other than inanity and rampant narcissism:
As I have frequently observed, if a choice has to be made between a bruised church which goes out to the streets and a Church suffering from self-absorption, I certainly prefer the first. Those ‘streets’ are the world where people live and where they can be reached, both effectively and affectively. The digital highway is one of them, a street teeming with people who are often hurting, men and women looking for salvation or hope.
Oooookay, Pope—whatever you say. Sure, every once in a blue moon we’ll get a bullied school bus monitor whose life is literally changed by the benevolence of internet denizens. But let’s face it—99% of the time we’re just trying to sucker each other into clicking on utter frivolity.
“It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highways, simply ’connected,’” the Pope says. “Connections need to grow into true encounters.” Obviously the Pope hasn’t spent much time on OK Cupid.
Anyway, behold the bounty of God: