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Youth Synod: paragraph 146

146. Il Sinodo auspica che nella Chiesa si istituiscano ai livelli adeguati appositi Uffici o organismi per la cultura e l’evangelizzazione digitale, che, con l’imprescindibile contributo di giovani, promuovano l’azione e la riflessione ecclesiale in questo ambiente. Tra le loro funzioni, oltre a favorire lo scambio e la diffusione di buone pratiche a livello personale e comunitario, e a sviluppare strumenti adeguati di educazione digitale e di evangelizzazione, potrebbero anche gestire sistemi di certificazione dei siti cattolici, per contrastare la diffusione di fake news riguardanti la Chiesa, o cercare le strade per persuadere le autorità pubbliche a promuovere politiche e strumenti sempre più stringenti per la protezione dei minori sul web.

One of my previous blogs actually did have certification of the Holy See, which consisted of code connecting to a Vatican news widget. The rest of the email was this:

Greetings in the Lord!
Yours faithfully,
Servizio Internet Vaticano
Direzione delle Telecomunicazioni
Città del Vaticano

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Pope Francis & The Snake – Fake News

The Snake by Al Wilson

On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Poor thing, ” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman, ” sighed the snake

She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk
And laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk
She hurried home from work that night and soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taken to had been revived
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman, ” sighed the snake

She clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful, ” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
She stroked his pretty skin again and kissed and held him tight
Instead of saying thanks, the snake gave her a vicious bite
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman, ” sighed the snake

“I saved you, ” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman, ” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman, ” sighed the snake

Songwriters: Robert S. Kelly / Darian Morgan / The Snake lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Then there’s this from Pope Francis some weeks ago (reported by The Guardian)

Pope Francis has denounced fake news as evil, comparing it to the snake in the Garden of Eden, and urged journalists to make it their mission to search for the truth.

He said the first fake news dated from the biblical beginning of time, when Eve was tempted to take an apple from the Garden of Eden based on disinformation from the serpent. “The strategy of this skilled ‘Father of Lies’ is precisely mimicry, that sly and dangerous form of seduction that worms its way into the heart with false and alluring arguments,” he said of the snake. He called for a shared commitment to rediscovering the “dignity of journalism” and for reporters to speak the truth with work that was “truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans, and sensational headlines”.

//// Yesterday, the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter (his magisterial authority) I offered Mass for Pope Francis. Today is the Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr. I offered Mass for Bishop Jugis (not that he’s going to end up like Polycarp in his death, burned at the stake), but so that he ends up like Polycarp in heaven.

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Anti-Pope-Francis Fake-News-Blogs

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A couple of months back a number of purportedly Catholic blogs put up a condemnation of Pope Francis for his denial of any hell worth the name of hell. The problem is, he didn’t deny the existence of hell, nor even the pains of hell. In fact, he has the most eloquent and biblical explanation of hell I’ve seen for a long time. He’s spot on. He speaks about it because he doesn’t want us to go there. And he’s also right about the rigidity of some of these bloggers, who want the fires of hell to mean only physical fire, rigidly so. Sorry. There is more to hell than just that. There’s frustration and, yes, distance from God, a distance, yes, of separation. But that’s for another post. It has to do with the worm not dying. Don’t go to hell. Go to confession.

Oh, did I mention that those posts on those blogs disappeared when these guys were caught out? They took them down, but other lesser web-sites who seemed to have followed their example still have their posts up, doing untold harm to the faithful. What I would like to see is those fake-news anti-Pope-Francis blogs which claim to be so very Catholic put up apologies for their having promoted the fake-news cycle risking the eternal damnation of those who follow them.

I doubt if we will see that. For instance, one of them put up a post about how much they, the workers who have borne the heat of the day, how much they hate and despise and belittle and spit on those who are scandalized only just recently by this or that event wrought by this or that individual in the Church, saying that those who are only newly scandalized are to be most condemned and forever ostracized into the peripheries for the reason that they didn’t jump on board with the fake-news mongers earlier, because, hey!, that’s the way to be inviting of people to a deeper appreciation of the faith, right? Just kick everyone in the teeth, right?

That’s just a small example of the bitter hatred and frustration and arrogance that one will find in hell, where the worm of that frustration does not die. Yikes!

Although they have set themselves up to be judges of all humanity, those who hate Jesus even in the midst of their rigidity will not come to judge, with Jesus, the living and the dead and the world by fire. They will instead be judged. And we’ll see what the ferocity of that fire is in another post. Stay tuned. It’s more frightening than the rigid will ever want to admit. But perhaps it will scare them into reconsidering their self-righteousness that seems to absolve them in their own eyes of the fake-news stories they put up in order to attack the Holy Father.

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