The Pope is on Twitter
Posted by Ethan Clow on June 30, 2011
That’s right, the holy vicar of God’s empire on earth is now bringing the words of God to you in 140 characters and less. The Pope is on Twitter.
Ok, so that’s not exactly true…Despite what some of the headlines are saying, the Pope didn’t just sign up for a twitter account and you can’t reach him at @ThePope or anything.
The Vatican has a twitter account for their news service called @news_va_en (which probably means news of the Vatican in English)
Now what the Pope did was use this account, here was his first tweet:
Not very impressive is it? But did we expect him to write? “Dear Friends, sorry about all the child molestation #firstworldproblems”? Yah, that’s not going to happen.
This, in my opinion, is basically a photo opportunity for Ratzinger to be seen with an Ipad and they’re hoping it will make young people think: Oh look, the Pope has an Ipad, the Church is trendy now! And of course, I doubt any young person will actually think that. Do we honestly think that the Ratzinger will start taking the time to tell us about the minutia of his life? My guess is that every once in a while some message will appear on Twitter from Ratzinger but that’s it. I don’t expect him to be re-tweeting or anything like that.
On a more serious note, it’s interesting to see the Vatican embracing (some) new technology. The Catholic Church has taken a real beating in the media ever since Ratzinger took over, so it doesn’t really surprise me to see them pulling out all the stops to get some positive attention for a change. Of course, using the same medium/strategy that celebrities use to hock movies and CD’s and inform the world of their drug use and sexcapades is a bit odd.
And the Vatican is only embracing some technology. They still haven’t gotten around to seeing the use of condoms yet either.