Pope Benedict himself is encouraging Catholic priests to help communicate the Christian message, to express themselves, and to use as leadership tools.  As the Forbes report on the announcement put it:  Go forth, and blog!

Coming from the Vatican, this is an impressively bold and open-minded statement honoring the opportunities & risks of engaging with new media.  It is remarkable how this statement articulates a sense of technology as an amoral medium which can be put to service for better or worse, representing a much more nuanced understanding that is sometimes expressed by those who see technology as a tool for communicating whatever message one values the most.  As the message puts it:

The development of the new technologies and the larger digital world represents a great resource for humanity as a whole and for every individual, and it can act as a stimulus to encounter and dialogue.

For more, see the full message here, originally issued Jan. 24, 2010.

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