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Pope Promotes Christian Netiquette

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the divine-friend-request dept.

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angry tapir writes "Pope Benedict XVI Monday gave his blessing to social networking, urging Catholic Internet users to adopt a respectful Christian netiquette when spreading the Gospel online. The pope said new technologies were creating unprecedented opportunities for establishing relationships and building fellowship but warned against creating false online profiles out of vanity or diluting the Christian message to achieve popularity."

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The pope should just shut the fuck up. (0, Troll)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995554)

I can't think of anyone on the planet from whom I could care less about their opinion or thoughts on *anything*. It'd be fantastic if we stopped treating him like some elected politician. And, if he were, I certainly wouldn't give to shits of credit to someone who can't even oblige the REAL WORLD etiquette of not covering up the rape of children.

And yeah, you can mark me a troll for all I fucking care.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (5, Insightful)

GKThursday (952030) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995858)

Well, he was elected. . .linkity [wikipedia.org], and he is the head of the Catholic Church, so he does have the authority to remind Catholics to behave online. As for the other ad-hominems, I'll just leave them alone.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (0)

h00manist (800926) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996062)

Iran's president was elected too. Illegitimate election is still an election.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (4, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996266)

And Iran's election was at least representative. When you look at the way the Pope is elected, you'll quickly notice that it doesn't even make fake attempts at resembling democracy.

The Pope is elected by the cardinals. Which are in turn appointed by the Pope. There's nothing any "ordinary" catholic contributes to that election.

Just a gentle reminder that "elected" doesn't necessarily mean that the process has anything to do with what we consider Democracy.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (2, Informative)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996422)

And Iran's election was at least representative. When you look at the way the Pope is elected, you'll quickly notice that it doesn't even make fake attempts at resembling democracy.

That's because, while the Vatican is recognized as a nation state, the Roman Catholic Church is not. Of course, the upside of this is that no one is forced to be a Catholic any more. If you don't like the way Popes are chosen, you pick a church more to your liking, or make your own.

The Pope is elected by the cardinals. Which are in turn appointed by the Pope. There's nothing any "ordinary" catholic contributes to that election.

You have that a bit funny. The current Pope picks the Cardinals, or rather picks new cardinals. The next Pope is chosen by those Cardinals. This does allow the current Pope no insignificant amount of power to try to direct the nature of his successor, but when the next Pope is chosen, he's dead.

Just a gentle reminder that "elected" doesn't necessarily mean that the process has anything to do with what we consider Democracy.

Sort of like Soviet and Chinese elections.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996772)

Of course the current Pope only gets to choose who chooses his successor, but... think about it, how many people do you know whose power stretches past their death? :)

Essentially, that means, though, that the system is perpetuated without a chance to break the cycle. Changes happen very, very slowly since like minded people will elect and appoint each other for as long as there are like minded people.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

ikkonoishi (674762) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996890)

Weird. Do you think that might have been the point? I mean why would anyone set up a system that didn't put people who they disagreed with in charge once they were dead.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996984)

And if the Catholic Church was a vast nation state or empire where its leadership had considerable political power, I'd be worried. As it is, no one is being forced to be a Catholic, so I don't care all that much.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (0)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#34997344)

And if the Catholic Church was a vast nation state or empire where its leadership had considerable political power, I'd be worried. As it is, no one is being forced to be a Catholic, so I don't care all that much.

Naw, ya don't have ta bee a Cat-o-lick, see? By da way, dat sure is a nice soul ya gots there. Be a shame if something were ta ... "happen" to it .. kapiche?

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34997312)

Of course, the upside of this is that no one is forced to be a Catholic any more. If you don't like the way Popes are chosen, you pick a church more to your liking, or make your own.

...well, as far as Catholic Church is concerned, that might land you in eternal damnation (even if of relatively mild type; or even if just purgatory, still)

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (2)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996852)

There's nothing any "ordinary" catholic contributes to that election.

      Except for the money to pay for the caviar.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996874)

There's nothing any "ordinary" catholic contributes to that election.

They contribute alms and tithes. How do you think those bishops pay for those outrageously tacky costumes?

Which brings me to another point: the Catholic Church needs a new cost-cutting CFO. Instead of those custom made costumes, the bishops can pick out something of the rack at Wal-Mart. The nuns can sew in a bit out bling: it will keep them busy, so they don't have time to get themselves into some hanky-panky.

Oh, and this confessional service: Outsource it to a call center in India. The priest is hidden behind an opaque window anyway, so he might as well be in India.

I hope that the Church heeds my words and implements these cost-cutting actions. Otherwise, the Pope is going to pay a visit to Washington, DC, and say, "Um, like, we need a bailout or something."

That said, the last couple of years has been rough on devout Catholics. I'm biased, because one of my friends is one. She seems to have the same feelings that geeks have, when they love the company that they work for, but are not particularly fond of the management.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996796)

He was NOT elected, you heretic! The Lord Himself chose him and planted the right idea in the hearts of the cardinals in His infinite wisdom.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996882)

Too bad the ad-hominems are true and make him a fucking dipshit, in addition to being a completely unimportant person for rational human beings.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34995982)

Believe me I agree with you.

Personally, I don't give a fuck about the Pope says.
However, what he says affects me because there are many people around me that DO give a fuck about what he says.

Sadly, this makes the words of the Pope relevant news.

But he doesn't, so you should listen (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34995984)

What an amusingly coincidental opinion, given that he's talking about "social networking." You see, just like the Pope, nobody really cares about Facebook either. Except that lots of other people care about Facebook (just as lots of other people obey the Pope or pay lip service to him), and through the network effects, Facebook and the Pope end up mattering to you anyway. Even though you don't care. They wield power.

If the Pope says, "Kill all the infidels" this is an important thing for you to know (whether you're an infidel who will be killed, or will be one of the killers).

Re:But he doesn't, so you should listen (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996352)

Actually, if the Pope said that in 2011, he would be roundly ignored, other than to have a bunch of Catholics around the world go, "Um.... no?"

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (4, Insightful)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995990)

Vatican City is an independent country. He is its Head of State by virtue of being elected Pope. So, he is an elected politician and a head of state. just because you disagree with the basic premise of his State and his authority doesn't make it go away, so deal with it. I'm not Catholic, I don't give a crap what he has to say either, but I'm not bitter that he's saying it. Its not like anyone who can affect my life actual listens to him, like Pat Robertson and his so-called "Christian Coalition" bullshit.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996220)

" So, he is an elected politician and a head of state"
Head of a state whose constituents are in other countries.

"s not like anyone who can affect my life actual listens to him, "

Oh really? Believers are everywhere and they will use their belief to dictate how you live. In schools, in government, in the work place.

Pay attention because of a religious leader comes out and says something against 'people like you' your life will be in immediate impacted.

Ever Vigilant.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996566)

"He is its Head of State by virtue of being elected Pope"

No separation of Church and State ever here.
And he's the only member of the Hitler-Youth to be a Head of State nowadays.

IMO he should stick to the stuff he knows, like hiding pedo-priests from justice.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

h00manist (800926) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996028)

it's true that the more corrupt the things you say and the more fools listen, the more likely you are to make the news. Unfortunate, but reality. Lots of other influential people are chosen through even less direct methods, such as the managers of companies and judges. And whether we like it or not, about a billion people listen to what he says and pay some form of attention, so it's relevant, whether we agree or not. While a corporate talking head or a dictator gets media time, this fool will most likely get the same.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996390)

Yeah, find me a Catholic under the age of 40 who refuses to eat meat on a Friday during Lent, and who goes to church every Sunday.

The Pope has far less direct influence over the actions of most Catholics than you seem to think.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996634)

I'm sure there are lots of them on this page right now...

Do I go every week? No - but I try my best and I should
Do I eat meat on Fridays during Lent? No
Am I under 40? Last I checked 29 40 - but I'm no mathematician

It's amazing to see so much anti-Catholic rhetoric coming from a post that basically says "Pope says technological advancements are not bad"

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996788)

So you don't meet all of the criteria I laid out, and I suspect that a huge majority of people who would say "I'm a Catholic" that reads that question cannot honestly say that they fulfill those three simple criteria.

My point is not to bash Catholics or call them bad Catholics, but how much influence over your day-to-day behavior can anybody really believe the Pope has over you, if you don't even go to Church once a week? According to the church, regular mass attendance is very important because that's where you receive the sacrament of communion, one of the more important bits of being a Catholic... if the Pope really had the influence over behavior as is being suggested, I'd expect that Catholics would be there every week without fail.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (2)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996646)

Of course. Also, it's not like there are many world leaders that take his word into account because they share the same imaginary friend, and certainly the church doesn't own land and companies all over the world, and is certainly not one of the biggest and most effective lobbying organizations in the world.

Sadly, stupid stupid people with imaginary friends have more power than you think.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

clarkc3 (574410) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996706)

hi, I meet the criteria. Yay for Pizza fridays during Lent (I hate fish)

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996130)

You should care, billion people respond to what he says, and their action can impact you in some pretty serious ways.

I don't like the church, but that doesn't mean I am not aware of it's impact.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996150)

Well, I care. And yes Seumas, today you're trolling* and should be modded down as such.

not one to cast stones, I've done it myself before

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996406)

The pope just said, "Don't isolate yourself, don't be a dick, and try not to make us look bad online."

You have a problem with that!? I'm an Atheist, and I know Benedict's incredibly regressive stance on a lot of things, his involvement with covering up pedophile priests, and so on and so on.

Even I can get behind this. jeez.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (2)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996948)

That is because you can disagree with someone and still listen to what they are saying and perhaps agree with other points. Most people will just pigeon hole a person and mark them as always right or always wrong, vs. Listening to their view and actually making a decision themselves if they agree with it or not.

Oddly enough you can extend this idea out even further and it is possible for Atheist to follow the philosophy of Christianity without any of the Dogma, and mythology around it.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996434)

"I certainly wouldn't give to shits of credit to someone who can't even oblige the REAL WORLD etiquette of not covering up the rape of children."

Saint Pedobear disapproves of your comment.

Re:The pope should just shut the fuck up. (-1, Troll)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996568)

Agreed. I would actually go a step further, I know that my ideas aren't very popular here on slashdot, but religion needs to be banned and treated a a psychological issue, and we need to recover all the land and other property that has been stolen by various churches throughout history. Also, Religious leaders should be put on trial for the crimes of their followers. Put the pope in jail for harassing children, and get Travolta and company in jail for helping spread a scam, and see how quickly they all drop their imaginary friends in the sky and hire lawyers.

Good Christian Netiquette.... (1, Funny)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995556)

is not to 'friend' young boys.

Re:Good Christian Netiquette.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34997206)

is not to 'friend' young boys.

Not that you wish to be informed or anything, the sex abuse scandal was not about pedophilia. The majority (80%) of the cases stemmed from priests having sexual relations with teenage boys (homosexuality not pedophilia). This was due to the most part the liberalization of the seminary admissions which allowed homosexuals and those who agree with that lifestyle choice. It was also due to the Church leadership believed the secular psychology that stated these homosexual abusers could be dealt with by counseling. Prior to that a priest was removed immediately if an incident happened. Most of the abuse cases happened 20-30 years ago. The safeguards currently required of all US Catholic Church makes it a very safe place to be (e.g. ~6 alleged cases last year out of the thousands of parishes in the US). This is in contrast to the current public school system and protestant faith communities whose abuse rate is currently several times that of the Catholic Church at the peak of the abuse scandal.

Just in case you wanted to be informed.

HAH (1, Insightful)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995614)

or diluting the Christian message to achieve popularity.

Who dilutes the Christian message more than the Vatican?

Re:HAH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996182)

or diluting the Christian message to achieve popularity.

Who dilutes the Christian message more than the Vatican?

How about all those fundamental evangelical sects (yes, that's the correct technical term, just in case anyone wants to take offense) in the US of A? Spreading fear and hate certainly is not part of the Christian message in my book. I'm not a Catholic, but I'm under the impression that the Catholic church is in some respects more modern than some of the more extreme Christian fundamentalists who believe the bible is literally true word for word and their twisted interpretation of the word of God is not an interpretation at all. And don't get me started about all those creationist nutcases. They are doing today what the Catholic church did way back then ...

Re:HAH (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996290)

Catholic != Christian. I wouldn't go to a Catholic church if you paid me. Vastly different experience.

Re:HAH (-1, Flamebait)

Creedo (548980) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996674)

Catholic != Christian. I wouldn't go to a Catholic church if you paid me. Vastly different experience.

Apparently you aren't too hot on history, eh? Christianity as a whole is a load of crap, but claiming that Catholics aren't Christians is just stupid. Whatever denomination you are a part of, it is just one more branch of an idiotic and diseased family of foolishness.

Re:HAH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34997052)

Creedo did not say, (although he may have intended to) that Catholics aren't Christians.

He stated Catholic != Christian. Which is a true statement.

Catholic Christian could be said to be true.

Catholic Christian might be more correct, but I doubt even

Catholic Christian would be argued by most folks here on /.

So yes,

Catholic != Christian

(I tried to come up with a proof for set membership, but it assumed abelian group, and I'm not sure stating that any subset of religion is an abelian group is a safe assumption).

Re:HAH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996676)

Catholic != Christian.

If you are saying that the set "Catholics" is not equal to the set "Christians", that's fine, because there are non-Catholic Christians. But if you are saying they are disjoint sets, that's bullshit. Catholics are a subset of Christians.

Re:HAH (1, Insightful)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996704)

And what is exactly the christian message? Be week, sick and mediocre? Don't try to be a better person because you are gonna die and go to a better life anyway? believe in my stupid imaginary friend in the sky, receive wine and bread?

the 'christian message' is a message of death, destruction and involution, and we would all be better if it didn't exist.

I'm more interested in... (2)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995624)

where on earth they found a picture of a nun with an Eee PC.

Re:I'm more interested in... (2)

Ancantus (1926920) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995644)

where on earth they found a picture of a nun with an Eee PC.

Photoshop is a wonderful thing.

Re:I'm more interested in... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#34997272)

Don't let the 500 year old fashion fool you. Most Priests, Nuns, Monks. Are well versed in todays technologies, as much as the rest of the population of their age is. In many ways these people have keener minds as they get older then the rest of the population. As religious life has many of the rigors of academic life. Keeping their minds fresh and continuously learning.

Re:I'm more interested in... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996146)

They are catholic nuns not amish you dip shit.

Re:I'm more interested in... (2)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996396)

The Catholic Church is not against modern technology. Quite the opposite. It usually takes them a while to adopt them officially and use them (Vatican TV first aired in 1983 or something), but that doesn't mean that they consider it the "work of the devil" or similar bull.

I don't remember any recent case where the RCC condemned any technology (that didn't directly touch one of their doctrines like the Pill) for the sake of being technology. You might notice that a lot of RCC personnel is actually quite familiar with modern technology.

Trolls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34995674)

The trolls that appeared are one of the reasons religion stories need comments approved by moderators first.

Tim Minchin said it best. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34995740)

"And if you build your church on claims of fucking moral authority, and with threats of hell impose it on others in society, then you, you motherfuckers, can expect some fucking wrath when it turns out you've been fucking us in our motherfucking asses."

- Tim Minchin, The Pope Song [youtube.com].

I have many issues with the (5, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995766)

Catholic Church, but this make me happy.

Religion would bother me a lot less if the people practicing it were polite.

Re:I have many issues with the (1, Interesting)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995882)

It varies with denomination, but many of them are either encouraged or even not allowed to be polite.

They get brownie points for being able to perceive themselves as a repressed minority due to their faith, easiest way to do this is to behave outrageously and get flak for it.

They may be required to convert the heathens on punishment of damnation for failing to spread the word.

etc.

On the other hand, I know a few genuinely nice religious people with a good sense of humor, but they seem to be in the minority.

Re:I have many issues with the (2)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996230)

Me too. I like the rule against dilution as well, actually.

Picking the nice and fluffy bits out of the Bible makes it all sound much better than it is when you pay attention to the entire thing.

Atheists should definitely welcome it. Lots of people lose their belief when they read the Bible from cover to cover and find out that there's quite a bit of nasty stuff in there.

Re:I have many issues with the (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996332)

I find just learning about it's history pretty much makes people understand it's a load.

OTOH, most people think the letter of the NT were written by people who actually met Jesus. Or that Jesus was real.

Sigh (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34995780)

Cue litany of anti-Christian (and anti-religious in general) rhetoric by so-called "tolerant" Internet users

Re:Sigh (2)

Millennium (2451) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995830)

Don't forget the anti-Christian rhetoric poorly disguised as anti-religious-in-general rhetoric. That's popular too these days.

Re:Sigh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34995994)

And the right-wing, gun-toting, holier-than-thou Christian apologist rhetoric and general idiocy poorly disguised as an appeal for tolerance

Re:Sigh (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996016)

You rang? Just kidding.

I don't see anything to be offended about here. A lot of people on the internet could do with some more politeness on occasion.

Re:Sigh (4, Insightful)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996090)

I think Wicca for instance is just as much bullshit as Christianity, but so far they don't seem to be trying to force anything on me, so I haven't had a reason to protest against them.

I'm perfectly fine with people having private irrational beliefs and staging elaborate ceremonies with scented candles (or whatever the Wicccans do on a regular basis). Now when people start trying to impose their religion on the rest of society, that's when I start having a very big problem with it.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996554)

I think Wicca for instance is just as much bullshit as Christianity, but so far they don't seem to be trying to force anything on me, so I haven't had a reason to protest against them.

This is an interesting belief. In truth, there are a number of wiccan groups that are hardcore anti-aborton activists and they very much want to use the legal system to force choices on people. Mind you, like christianity, there are probably just as many wiccan sects that support personal choice.

Now when people start trying to impose their religion on the rest of society, that's when I start having a very big problem with it.

One might add, when they start succeeding in imposing their religious beliefs on the rest of society. Minority religions usually have very little say in what laws are passed and thus constitute less of a threat to individual freedom and are less frustrating to individuals that value personal choice.

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996156)

If you live in a country where 99% of the religious hardhats you meet are Christian, it's hard to avoid generalization.

Re:Sigh (1)

Creedo (548980) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996722)

Don't forget the anti-Christian rhetoric poorly disguised as anti-religious-in-general rhetoric. That's popular too these days.

One is a subset of the other. I am anti-Christian, and anti-religious. There is no conflict.

Re:Sigh (1)

cellocgw (617879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996914)

Don't forget the anti-Christian rhetoric poorly disguised as anti-religious-in-general rhetoric. That's popular too these days.
Just wondering: how the heck did this get up-modded? It's a blatant troll and completely false in any case. If it were true, you could identify, say, Jews or Muslims or Protestants (since people who call themselves "Christians" are generally Papists) who argue against religion as a "screened attack" on Catholics.

Re:Sigh (1, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996528)

And one has to wonder why there is so much anti-Christian rhetoric floating about. What could it possibly be?

I mean, when did you get any anti-Pagan, anti-Judaic, anti-Islam, anti-Buddhist, anti-Hinduist... rhetoric lately? I mean, aside of overzealous Christians?

That's my main beef with the Christians: They don't just leave you alone when you declare that you don't want to hear any of their bull. They feel the need to push their delusions into everyone's face. And everyone's law. Stop doing that and you'll see a lot of anti-Christian rhetoric stop.

I don't really think a lot of atheist and other-theists feel the need to go out of their way to deal with your delusions. If you want to believe that a person executed in a quite painful way is your saviour and you want to pray to a corpse on a cross, go ahead and have fun! Or don't, if that's more your speed, some people enjoy castigating themselves.

But leave the rest of the world out of this! Keep your religion to yourself and let us live our lives without cramming your views down our throats! And behold, you'll be left alone instantly, just like the Buddhists, Hinduists, Muslims, Jews, Pagans and whatever else people wish to believe in, or not.

Re:Sigh (4, Insightful)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996652)

anti-Judaic? anti-Islamic? Right here on Slashdot. Go back and read about the Israel/Palestine peace talk leaks. There's a lot of quite nasty rhetoric going both ways from people who claim to be disinterested parties.

You seem to think that the only person saying nasty things about other religions is Christians. You're quite wrong. This doesn't excuse the Christians who *are* spouting nonsense, but it applies equally well to anybody of any religious orientation.

Praying (4, Funny)

gfreeman (456642) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995816)

"It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives."

Said the pope, just before praying to god

Re:Praying (0, Troll)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995960)

So I'm confused... Are you saying he's a hypocrite for claiming we should not let virtual contact replace physical then proceeds to partake in virtual communication with God? Or, that he's just saying it's important to not live in your mom's basement playing WoW all day, everyday? Or, that he's encouraging physical contact to take place rather than just cybersex?

Re:Praying (1)

gfreeman (456642) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996060)

Are you saying he's a hypocrite for claiming we should not let virtual contact replace physical then proceeds to partake in virtual communication with God?

Yes

Re:Praying (2)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996256)

Faith in God is funny in that you can pray to God, but can never actually have direct communication with him on this "Earthly" plane of existence. If by chance you do, you've met the second coming of Christ. Otherwise, it's a false prophet.

Re:Praying (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996294)

Prayer is the least productive form of begging.

Re:Praying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996786)

Just be careful who you say that too. There are some people who would cut your head off alive while recording a video of it.

Re:Praying (1)

NoSleepDemon (1521253) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996878)

That would almost be a gag worthy of Family Guy, if it weren't rubbish. Prayer serves many more purposes than simply whining about bad things that are happening. For instance, I went to a Church of England primary school and each day before lunch we said a short thank-you for our meals, that wasn't begging, it was an expression of thanks for our good fortune to have food on our plates. But I'll save that one for when I want to make fun of religion, and by extension, Americans.

Re:Praying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996500)

Boy, this would be caustic and withering insight into the Pope's hypocrisy...

if God were a "person" you could have "direct human contact" with, but opted to just 'friend' on Facebook instead.

'friend' thy neighbor? (2, Funny)

david.emery (127135) | more than 3 years ago | (#34995920)

Thou shalt friend thy neighbor as thyself

Re:'friend' thy neighbor? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996404)

When friending they neighbors wife, thy neighbors wife shall be stoned, or whipped, or hanged.
And when they Neighbors wife shill poke you, you will shun they neighbors wife and tell the elders so thy community will cast her out.

Re:'friend' thy neighbor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996436)

But... should you friend your neighbors wife?

Anything about top posting ? (1)

Alain Williams (2972) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996242)

I wonder if the eventual recommendations will include something saying that top posting [netmanners.com] is bad. If so then the pope will go up in my estimation.

Trimming of multiple copies of old signatures would be good as well! I suppose that avoiding HTML email would be too much to ask for.

Re:Anything about top posting ? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996368)

top posting is logical, productive, and practical.

Bottom posting is stupid, confusing, and not practical.

Re:Anything about top posting ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996540)

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing? I like to top-post.
A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most confusing thing on usenet and in e-mail?

Re:Anything about top posting ? (1)

jittles (1613415) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996510)

There are times when top posting is appropriate and times when it is not. If you're going to reply to things inside the body of the sender's email then it is of the utmost importance to make it easy to distinguish between the original message and the reply. A lot of people on mailing lists fail miserably at that and it makes it difficult to read their response.

Re:Anything about top posting ? (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#34997350)

I really hate when I see a long email on a list and either have to hit page down 10 times to find the first bit that I didn't just read in the last 5 messages or when I get to the bottom 30 pages later and still haven't found anything new. It might be there and it might not, who knows?

slow clap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34996466)

Gosh all you /. hipsters with the Pope and religion bashing, you're all so very cool and intellectual. Scores of really well-thought-out posts. /sarcasm.

Ironic (0)

Dreth (1885712) | more than 3 years ago | (#34996672)

The only people that will actually wait for a religious figure to "approve" anything in order to implement it to their daily life are the people less likely to use the Internet, in this case. All the religious acquaintances I've met/kept in touch with online have used it regardless of this so-called "blessing".

It doesn't matter if you're religious or not, if you're all waiting for someone to tell you "hey, this thing ain't so bad, I used it, so you can use it too!" then you deserve to be mocked.

He knows what he's talking about (1)

ntropia (939502) | more than 3 years ago | (#34997090)

Loosely translated from Antonio Lanna [friendfeed.com]:

"He knows what he's talking about; it's 2000 years people doing his job use a nickname"

Not a bad message (2)

PrimaryConsult (1546585) | more than 3 years ago | (#34997238)

The pope said there was "a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others."

If people would actually follow this it would increase the quality of the discourse on the internet. Regardless of what you think of the religion, this is a good thing.

And why must every Catholic article get the same tired pedophile priest jokes? There's no more pedophile priests than there are pedophile psychiatrists, teachers, and scout masters out there.

Really? (2)

maddogkistler (1718554) | more than 3 years ago | (#34997514)

And this is why /. shouldn't post anything on religion. The readers of /. may know a lot about technology, but the people who post, don't know the first thing about religion and only post comments based off pop-culture and don't actually do their own research.
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