Pope Benedict on Saturday, in an address to participants in a Vatican conference on new media, asked bloggers to give the Internet a soul.
“Without fear we must set sail on the digital sea facing into the deep with the same passion that has governed the ship of the Church for two thousand years. Rather than for, albeit necessary, technical resources, we want to qualify ourselves by living in the digital world with a believer’s heart, helping to give a soul to the Internet’s incessant flow of communication”.
He also warned of the dangers of “spiritual pollution” and isolation that the Internet can bring. So our job as Catholics in new media is to “overcome those collective dynamics that risk reducing people to ‘soulless bodies, objects of exchange and consumption’.” We must promote the the dignity of persons and “humanize” the Internet.
Take that Skynet! Your nemesis is Pope Benedict himself.