Saturday, January 23, 2010
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has a new commandment for priests struggling to get their message across: Go forth and blog.
The pope, whose own presence on the Web has heavily grown in recent years, urged priests on Saturday to use all multimedia tools at their disposal to preach the Gospel and engage in dialogue with people of other religions and cultures.
And just using e-mail or surfing the Web is often not enough: Priests should use cutting-edge technologies to express themselves and lead their communities, Benedict said in a message released by the Vatican.
"The spread of multimedia communications and its rich 'menu of options' might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web," but priests are "challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources," he said. Read complete article - By ARIEL DAVID – The Washington Post
(Benedict XVI) head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) from 1981-2005 - called the Holy Office of the Inquisition, oversees Catholic doctrine and combats or suppresses heresy. It is the same office that condemned Galileo as a heretic because Galileo insisted that it is the earth that revolves around the sun and not the sun that revolves around the earth, which this Holy Office of the Inquisition claimed was in opposition to the bible. Photo
A PBS miniseries: Secret Files of the Inquisition, tells a story of epic proportions and powerful themes of Holy Wars and Crusades, of torture and terror, of the struggle for human rights and dignity. Based on previously unreleased secret documents from European Archives including the Vatican, Secret Files of the Inquisition unveils the incredible true story of the Catholic Church’s 500-year struggle to remain the world’s only true Christian religion. For over half a millennium a system of mass terror reigned. Thousands were subject to secret courts, torture and punishment.