Nearly two months ago, we reported on the meeting of Catholic bloggers that took place at the Vatican on May 2nd.
This past week, the L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, published an interview with Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, regarding his reflections on this historic meeting.
Archbishop Celli noted that “the Church has something to learn from bloggers,” including “their way of freely expressing themselves in an up-to-date language.”
He cited the difficulty the young people have in understanding “ecclesial language.” In that regard, he said that “blogs are sites of authenticity and, at the same time of provocation. They help us to grow, to take a look about us and to understand that in order to be heard we have to use language that can be understood.”
He also praised the “grass-roots” dimension of blogging and other forms of social communication, which enable all the faithful to evangelize and serve as leaven in the world.
In a world and even a Church that does not always understand concepts such as “religious vocation,” “consecrated life,” or “celibacy for the sake of the kingdom,” the new means of social communication offer new avenues of introducing Christian values to our contemporaries in ways they understand.