The 82-year-old pope has often been wary of new media, warning about what he has called the tendency of entertainment media, in particular, to trivialize sex and promote violence, while lamenting that the endless stream of news can make people insensitive to tragedies.
But Benedict has also praised new ways of communicating as a “gift to humanity” when used to foster friendship and understanding.
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James Martin, S.J. likes the idea and actually offers some theological and biblical rationale for it all.