An observation: many of the people who are clamoring that the Church “get with the times” are people who aren’t present on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, blogs, and so forth and are often people who still think that catechesis is showing video tapes of cheesy Jesus clips from the ’70s. If these people are clamoring for the Church to “get with the times” work for the Church, they often sit around and lament that no one comes to their catechetical program on a Wednesday night anymore, and instead of meeting people where they are at and harnessing the new technologies, they sit around and blame everyone for not coming to programming.
Admittedly, there are a lot of buffoons who utilize modern technology (myself included) and there are many saints walking around today who have never even heard of the internet, let alone know how to use it. My point is not that technology is necessary for sanctification; technology is, as Pope Benedict and Pope Francis have noted, morally neutral; it is all about how you use it.
My point is that it IS hypocritical to say “The Church should get with the times” when those same people saying that, as part of that same Church, don’t know what a hashtag is nor do they know how to put a video on the internet.
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