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The Challenge of Spreading Joy

In just three days we mark the first anniversary of the apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis on “The Joy of the Gospel.”  Spreading that Joy of the Good News (properly understood) is the task of evangelization.  To do this well, let’s consider Fr. Antonio Spadaro’s third challenge to pastoral work in the digital world, namely, […]

Another digital challenge

Continuing our dialogue with Antonio Spadaro, S.J. about digital challenges to evangelization, let’s consider the second shift he proposes:  the need to move from content-centered to person-centered pastoral work. In our online world, content is there.  In fact, it’s everywhere!  Stored in a cloud and transmitted wirelessly, digital content is orbital, swirling around us continually.  […]

Digital challenges for pastoral work

“What will spirituality be for those persons whose modus cogitandi is going through a ‘mutation’ because they dwell in the digital environment?” It’s an intriguing and alarming question, posed by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., author of Cybertheology.  In a recent conference to European bishops, he outlined six “challenges” for the Church’s pastoral work that arise […]

Be not afraid of media

This week the Church celebrated for the first time the liturgical memorial of Saint John Paul II.  His signature saying – “Be not afraid!” – reverberates in a world ever in need of hope.  The bold opening to his first Encyclical remains the point of departure for that faith that inspires our hope:  “The Redeemer […]

Media mania about marriage

Pope Francis has gotten what he wanted!  At the opening of the current Synod of Bishops, he asked that the participants speak with boldness (biblical parrhesia) and listen with humility.  Now it seems everyone outside the Synod is speaking boldly, too. The summary report (relatio post disceptationem) has evoked claims on the progressive left of […]