I wish I could claim credit for the title of the post, but it actually comes from this MSNBC article. Apparently the Pope is encouraging Catholic Priests to blog. It reminded me of Elder Ballard’s admonition back in 2007. Even though the pope doesn’t love computers, he said,
“Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources — images, videos, animated features, blogs, Web sites — which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis,” he said.
Apparently, the Pope is even on Facebook. So, I had to check and see if Pres Monson is there too. Well, there are some pages on him, but I don’t think he’s officially there. Perhaps he is, but his 234 fans are quite a bit behind the Pope’s 87,429.
So, it looks like the Catholic Church is ahead of the Mormons on Facebook, but the blog advice is more than 2 years behind us. The Newsroom at LDS.org has Elder Ballard’s talk from Dec 15, 2007
Most of you already know that if you have access to the Internet you can start a blog in minutes and begin sharing what you know to be true. You can download videos from Church and other appropriate sites, including Newsroom at LDS.org, and send them to your friends. You can write to media sites on the Internet that report on the Church, and voice your views as to the accuracy of the reports.
Did you ever think you’d hear these octogenarians telling us to embrace Facebook and Blogs??? How much of an impact do you think blogs are having on them?