In a statement on Thursday, Pope Francis called the internet “a gift from god” for facilitating conversation, though he warned that it carried the dangers of isolating us from our friends and family. (So, he’s angling for a New York Times column, then.)
But in this new pontiff’s inimitable way of turning everyday observations into challenges to orthodoxy, Pope Francis went on to observe that dialogue presupposes one is not completely correct, a statement already perceived by some as a shot at the more conservative elements within the Catholic Church.
“To (have a) dialogue means to believe that the ‘other’ has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective,” Francis said. “Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the pretense that they alone are valid and absolute.”
The Pope (or his assistants) has been highly cognizant of social media’s importance—going so far as to offer following his Twitter account last summer as a means of lessening your stay in purgatory. By the logic of Pascal’s wager, you’d have no reason not to follow him.
[h/t Associated Press]
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