"[T]here exists 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. To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one's own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgements that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken of specifically. Furthermore, it is also true in the digital world that a message cannot be proclaimed without a consistent witness on the part of the one who proclaims it. In these new circumstances and with these new forms of expression, Christians are once again called to offer a response to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is within them (cf. 1 Pt 3:15)" (Pope Benedict XVI, Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age, World Communications Day 2011, Vatican).The mission of the
Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to continue the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. All archdiocesan communities are dedicated to that mission, and to further it, communications with and among the faith community are vital. As the virtual world has become the dominant means of communication, the archdiocese endeavors to take full advantage of that world's resources while assuring itself, as well as those who are served, that the proper use of such means of communication and the boundaries of appropriate relationships are well understood and respected.The Church, especially as represented in this large and diverse archdiocese, must embrace modern technologies, but must also balance that effort with an equal commitment to safe and appropriate use and respect for individuals that reflects God's loving nature. As Pope Francis noted:
"A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive. Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances. The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good. A gift from God.
This is not to say that certain problems do not exist. The speed with which information is communicated exceeds our capacity for reflection and judgement, and this does not make for more balanced and proper forms of self-expression. The variety of opinions being aired can be seen as helpful, but it also enables people to barricade themselves behind sources of information which only confirm their own wishes and ideas, or political and economic interests. The world of communications can help us either to expand our knowledge or to lose our bearings. The desire for digital connectivity can have the effect of isolating us from our neighbours, from those closest to us….
Media strategies do not ensure beauty, goodness and truth in communication. The world of media also has to be concerned with humanity, it too is called to show tenderness. The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people. The impartiality of media is merely an appearance; only those who go out of themselves in their communication can become a true point of reference for others. Personal engagement is the basis of the trustworthiness of a communicator. Christian witness, thanks to the internet, can thereby reach the peripheries of human existence" (Pope Francis,
Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter, World Communications Day 2014, Vatican).