Friday, November 1, 2002

From Catholic News Service: The Vatican and the Internet

The proposed site also is likely to come up against hard questioning from Vatican officials concerned about even the slightest appearance of compromise in Rome's role as ultimate guardian of church teaching.

The safe route -- the one pursued until now -- is to post only official texts of church teaching or material that first have been carefully vetted by the Vatican's Secretariat of State.

But that approach, as well as the fact that the pages for many Vatican offices are buried deep in the site, has driven some heads of Vatican offices to launch their own Web sites independent of the official www.vatican.va.

One of the pioneers of this trend was Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, who is known as a technophile, a hands-on administrator, and someone who doesn't like taking no for an answer.

His bare-bones site -- www.clerus.org -- offers documentary resources for priests, deacons and catechists, as well as periodic live Web casts of theological conferences with speakers in studios around the world.

Other breakaway sites include www.fides.org, site of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples; www.healthpastoral.org, of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers; and the self-explanatory www.swissguard.org.

A very interesting article.

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