BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Although Pope Francis has succeeded in rebranding the public profile of the Church, according to a Vatican PR aide, his positive tone isn’t always reflected when Catholics themselves take to the use of social media.
On the contrary, to hear Father Thomas Rosica tell it, sometimes
Catholic conversation on-line is more “culture of death” than “culture
“Many of my non-Christian and non-believing friends have remarked to
me that we ‘Catholics’ have turned the Internet into a cesspool of
hatred, venom and vitriol, all in the name of defending the faith!” he
“The character assassination on the Internet by those claiming to be
Catholic and Christian has turned it into a graveyard of corpses strewn
all around,” said Rosica, who assists the Vatican Press Office with
English-speaking media, on May 11 as he delivered the keynote address at
the Brooklyn Diocese’s observance of World Communications Day.
“Often times the obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed,
nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical
practices are very disturbed, broken and angry individuals, who never
found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet
and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners!” Rosica said.
“In reality they are deeply troubled, sad and angry people,” he said. “We must pray for them, for their healing and conversion!”