scmo_banner_news.jpg


19 May 2009

Archbishop Tartaglia urges "digital generation" to embrace new technology.

In a pastoral letter sent to all of Scotland's 500 Catholic parishes to be read at all Masses on 23 and 24 May, Bishop Philip Tartaglia, the President of the Bishops' Conference National Communications Commission has urged responsible use of new technology.

The bishops message which echoes the theme of Pope Benedict XVI's message for Communications Sunday (24 May 2009) points out that " the lives of all of us have been changed mostly for the better by digital technology in all its forms" however he adds a note of caution saying; " with opportunities, come dangers.   What parent has not wondered what their child is doing on the internet?     What material are they accessing?     Who are they talking to in social networking sites?"

Archbishop Tartaglia also highlights the fact that much communication is often "inane chatter", which does nothing to promote growth in understanding and tolerance. He concludes; "The fact that we can instantly communicate doesn t mean that we must. We should avoid an obsessive need for virtual connectedness and develop primary human relationships, pursuing true friendship with real people."

The message also includes an appeal to Catholics to support the work of the Scottish Catholic Media Office (SCMO) through a special collection.

The full text of Archbishop Tartaglia's letter is shown below.

ENDS


Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168
07968 122291  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org


Notes to Editors:

1. To mark Communications Sunday the SCMO has produced an online video of the message which includes footage of pupils at St. Luke's High School in Barrhead demonstrating how they use social networking sites and text messaging to Archbishop Tartaglia. The video will be posted on "You Tube" and at www.scmo.org on 21 May 2009.


2. Still photographs of the Bishop with St. Luke's pupils are available from SCMO
 
Message for 43rd World Communications Day
Sunday 24 May 2009
(to be read out at Masses on 23 and 24 May)
 
There can be little doubt that the lives of all of us have been changed mostly for the better by digital technology in all its forms:   mobile phones, computers and the internet.
 
This new technology is the subject of Pope Benedict XVI s Message for Communications Sunday 2009.   In his message, entitled New Technologies, New Relationships:   Promoting a culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship Pope Benedict is very positive about these developments recognising that they permit the almost instantaneous communication of words and images across enormous distances and to every corner of the world.  
 
He calls this new technology a gift to humanity , a gift which needs to be put at the service of every person and community, a gift which needs to contribute to human development and genuine social progress, especially in bringing solidarity, education and new opportunities to poor and disadvantaged peoples.
 
Young people and even children have sensed the potential of digital technology.     Adults often look on in wonder and no little envy at their children s easy mastery of seemingly complex technology.     The Pope calls these young people the digital generation and his message is addressed in a special way to them.
 
Yet with opportunities, come dangers.   What parent has not wondered what their child is doing on the internet?     What material are they accessing?     Who are they talking to in social networking sites?     Is someone intimidating or bullying their child by nasty or vicious text messages?   As we know only too well, adults too are sadly not immune from such misuse and abuse of new technology.
Pope Benedict is aware of this too.     He warns: It is important to focus not just on (technology s) undoubted capacity to foster contact between people, but on the quality of the content that is put into circulation using these means.     I would encourage all people of good will who are active in the emerging environment of digital communication to commit themselves to promoting a culture of respect, dialogue and friendship.  
On the matter of respect the Pope rightly warns against the misuse of language and images.     We should always avoid the sharing of words and images that are degrading of human beings, that promote hatred and intolerance, debase human sexuality and exploit the vulnerable.
 
In dialogue with others we need to be wary of the inane chatter that can go on in the digital world which does nothing to promote growth in understanding and tolerance.
When it comes to friendship it would be profoundly sad, if, in the Pope s words; our desire to sustain and develop on-line friendships were to be at the cost of our availability to engage with our families, our neighbours and those we meet in the daily reality of our places of work, education and recreation.   The fact that we can instantly communicate doesn t mean that we must.     We should avoid an obsessive need for virtual connectedness and develop primary human relationships, pursuing true friendship with real people.
In particular the Pope asks young people, the digital generation, to take on responsibility for the evangelization of the digital continent , sharing with other young people the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of all people.     The Pope invites young people to be the heralds of the good use of digital technology!
Here in Scotland the Church has been quick to embrace new technology to transmit its message to the new generation.   The website of our National Media Office www.scmo.org <http://www.scmo.org>   contains news releases and briefings on the work of the Church as well as audio and video content.     What s more, each diocese and many parishes have their own website offering information and detail never before available, free of charge, to anyone with an internet connection.  
 
From today, I am delighted to announce that our Media Office website will also include video content from the Vatican s new You Tube video channel for viewing and download.
 
Lastly, I appeal to you to remember the great work which our small but dedicated team of Catholic communicators do in Scotland and ask you to be generous in supporting this Communications Sunday collection in order to help the Church strive to uphold the truths we hold dear in the ever-more challenging world of digital communications.
 
Yours devotedly in Christ
 
+PhilipTartaglia
Bishop of Paisley
President, National Communications Commission

Subscribe to Updates

Subscribe to:
Like   Back to Top   Seen 107 times   Liked 0 times

Subscribe to Updates

If you enjoyed this, why not subscribe to free email updates ?

Subscribe to News updates

Enter your email address to be notified of new posts:

Subscribe to:

Alternatively, you can subscribe via RSS

‹ Return to News

We never share or sell your email address to anyone.

I've already subscribed / don't show me this again

Recent Posts

Archbishop Leo Cushley celebrates first ever Mass in Scottish Parliament

| 28th March 2018 | Blogging

28 March 2018     Today, 28 March, at 12.30pm Archbishop Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh, will celebrate what is believed to be the first ever Mass in the Scottish Parliament. All MSPs are invited to attend mass, which takes place during Holy Week.     Commenting on the occasion, Anthony Horan, Director of the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office said:     ‘The celebration of Holy Mass, the summit of Catholic life, is an opportunity to express prayers for the work of our elected representatives and for the common good of society. Of course, Holyrood means Holy Cross, so in that sense, parliament is a most fitting place for this historic celebration.’       Archbishop Leo Cushley said:     "It is a great privilege to be officially invited to offer Holy Mass within the Scottish Parliament, the first such invitation since the parliament's re-establishment 19 years ago. It is a generous gesture which seems to recognise that Catholics are valued participants in the civic life of contemporary Scotland, where we seek to work with others in advancing the common good."      ENDS   Peter Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291  pk@scmo.org www.scmo.org       Notes to Editors: 1. Images will be available from Paul McSherry on at paul.mcsherry@ntlworld.com or 07770393960....

Funeral Arrangements for Archbishop Emeritus Keith Patrick Cardinal O?Brien RIP

| 22nd March 2018 | Blogging

The Requiem Mass of Cardinal Keith Patrick O?Brien RIP will take place at the Church of St Michael, Westmoreland Road, Newcastle on Thursday 5 April at 1.00pm. As requested by the Holy See, the main celebrant and homilist will be His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. Donations to SCIAF?s Lenten campaign in lieu of flowers please. ? ? The internment of the body of the late Cardinal O?Brien will then take place at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh on 6 April at 1.00pm The Cardinal?s body will be laid to rest in the grave of his mother and father. This was in accordance with wishes expressed by Cardinal O?Brien himself. ? ? ENDS ? ? Notes to Editors: ? ? For more information, call David Kerr, Director of Communications, Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh on 07903 621232. ? ? ? The funeral arrangements were agreed following consultation with the family of Cardinal O?Brien, the executor of his will, and the Holy See as represented by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. ? ? At the request of the family, there will be no stills or video photography and no audio recording during the Requiem Mass. A media representative will be in the church to report on a pooled basis. Details of this arrangement to be confirmed soon. The text of Cardinal Nichol?s homily will be issued to the media too.? ?...

Dunkeld Priest to become Spiritual Director of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome

| 20th March 2018 | Blogging

Fr James Walls, currently parish priest of St. Pius X parish in Dundee, has been appointed by the Scottish Bishops’ Conference as Spiritual Director of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome.      Commenting on the appointment, Bishop Stephen Robson, the Bishop of Dunkeld said:       “I am absolutely delighted that the Bishops have decided to appoint Father James Walls as spiritual director to the Pontifical Scots College in Rome. As a former Spiritual Director in Rome myself, I can recognise great qualities, spiritual, intellectual and moral in Fr Jim’s priestly ministry.  He has been well trained in spiritual direction and accompaniment, and together with his pastoral experience as parish priest in a large North Dundee Catholic Parish Community, I believe him to be an ideal choice to serve the community of seminarians there and as an effective collaborator with Fr Fitzpatrick the Rector and Fr Parkes the Vice Rector.”        Bishop Robson added;       “Fr Jim will be going to Rome, Salamanca and for training in the USA from the end of May onwards and will take up his new role in September. Fr Jim has my full support and I wish him many blessings and congratulations.”        Reacting to his appointment, Fr. James Walls, said:       “I would like to give thanks to God, and the bishops of Scotland, in appointing me as Spiritual Director in the Scots College. I would also like to give thanks to my brother and sister-in-law for taking my mum into their home; without this generosity, the decision would have been much more difficult. I look forward to getting to know those men who have generously put themselves forward for the priesthood.”       Responding to the appointment, Fr. Dan Fitzpatrick, Rector of the Scots College said:       “I am very grateful to Fr Jim for generously accepting the post of spiritual director here at the Pontifical Scots College. He brings with him his experience of parish ministry, spiritual direction and priestly life. I am sure he will find great joy and fulfilment in his important role of helping the men here in the College discern and prepare for service as priests in Scotland.  As the community gets ready to welcome him, I would also like to thank Fr Mark Cassidy, our departing spiritual director, for his hard work, enthusiasm and positive contribution to our seminarians and to the College during his seven years here. Our prayers are with him as he returns to the Diocese of Dunkeld and I would like to thank Bishop Stephen Robson for his on-going support for the College.”       ENDS   Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291  pk@scmo.org www.scmo.org   Note to Editors:   1. An image of Fr. Walls can be downloaded here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139632090@N07/26048079447/in/album-72157664873471927/...

Scottish bishops offer condolences to Cardinal’s family and friends

| 19th March 2018 | Blogging

The President and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and Bishop Joseph Toal have offered their condolences on the death, earlier today (Monday 19 March 2017) of Cardinal Keith O’Brien.     Archbishop Tartaglia said;     “We have received the sad news of the death of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Emeritus Archbishop of  St Andrews & Edinburgh.  On behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland I wish to express my sincere sympathy on the death of the late Cardinal to his family and close friends. I ask for prayers for the repose of his soul. May he rest in peace.”     Bishop Toal said;     “I will pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, who died early this morning – may he rest in God’s peace. I extend my sympathy and prayerful support to his family, friends and all who mourn his passing. With constant hope in the Lord’s goodness and mercy.”     ENDS     Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291  pk@scmo.org  www.scmo.org...