Sunday, February 21, 2010

Catholic New Media and the Baptismal Call of Evangelization

Now first of all, I don't claim to have an extensive knowledge of new media even Catholic New Media (these guys do). I don't feel like I have the greatest grasp on why Catholics blog, podcast, vidcast, or whatever new media I'm not even familiar with. I think I can make one assumption though, there is a definite evangelistic tinge to all Catholic media, as there is to all things Catholic. These Catholic new media peeps wish to share with the world their faith in Jesus Christ. They try to embody this:

"Evangelizing the social sector, then, means infusing into the human heart the power of meaning and freedom found in the Gospel, in order to promote a society befitting mankind because it befits Christ: it means building a city of man that is more human because it is in greater conformity with the Kingdom of God."*

The way in which I have experienced Catholic new media those bloggers, podcasters, and vidcasters emoby this evangelistic thrust. Whether they are discussing the inner workings of the Catholic hierarchy, or sharing videos on vocations, or discussing whether Jesus spoke Greek, all of these people wish to share the freedom and meaning of the Gospel and the Christian life.

So, whomever reads this: SUPPORT CATHOLIC NEW MEDIA. Give the support it needs to reach more and more people not for the sake of popularity or numbers or pride but for the greater possibility of saving more souls.

* Compendium of Social Doctrine, para. 63

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