Catholics on Social Media

Good thoughts from Charlie.

Smoke of Satan & the Open Windows of Vatican II

. . . if you are struggling with social media and are balking at the idea of giving up FB, Twitter, or whatever, just think about what your life was like just a few short years ago before these social media “drugs” existed. Just a few short years ago, you didn’t need to check your notifications, you didn’t need that rush EVER, because it didn’t exist. And you got along just fine. Think about how this is exactly the same as the person who has started drinking heavily or doing drugs just within the past few years, and is now addicted to drugs or alcohol who honestly believes that they can’t live without it.

You can live without it.

You CAN give it up.

You don’t NEED it.


I’ll beg you all again, for the sake of your souls, GET OFF OF SOCIAL MEDIA. Such potent toxicity! A spiritual drug…

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24 thoughts on “Catholics on Social Media

    1. Pretty hypothetical but I’m guessing the answer is no. Were the Roman roads equivalent to social media? Or is the relative safety of being able to make an anonymous fool of oneself today without shame or ridicule the same then as is it today? I think dialectic was handled in a more dignified manner.

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      1. True which is my point actually. Your words of witness could get you killed or stoned etc. Such commitment and belief is readily seen by the chances a man takes and his willingness to die for the Truth. Today the worst thing that can happen to you is that you will be blocked.

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      2. For now, but I’d argue that it’s a bit more dangerous now. The whole idea of cancel culture. You can be Catholic, for example, but publicly you can only be so Catholic is we’ll go after your reputation, your money, and your family until you speak no more.

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      3. True, to a point. Mostly you will shunned basically. I have been to a large extent already, But this is mild compared to what it was and what we may face in the future,.

        However, I must say that when Charlie is speaking of social media he seems not to be talking about blogs where you can control the types of conversations and the depth of talk to some extent, On Twitter and FB we see nothing other than hand grenades that neither win arguments or signify nothing as Shakespeare might have put it,

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      4. On the Pilgrim Road. We have had over 1,100 views and only 74 of them from Twitter.

        And to be honest, I’m working on Twitter for hours at a time reading your guys post and trying to pull a catchy quote from it to draw viewership. The twitter stats tell me 80 people have seen the tweet and at most 5 click on it.

        So, is the 74 views and 59 followers worth all that energy I put into it?

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      5. Probably not. I put no effort into mine and don’t even look at the stats. I just have anything I write get put up on Twitter as a billboard. I doubt it is doing me any good but the last thing I want to do is get into a conversation a la Skojek or Shea on Twitter.

        And what would happen if we all get weaned off of FB and Twitter? Maybe in time it will simply die as a medium for news.

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      6. The problem too is that we get sucked into debate that we can never resolve with things like at the Vatican. The best thing we can actually do is participate in prayer and forms of piety.

        I once saw on twitter (ironically) a tweet that said they were going to engage in a form of medieval piety by not knowing what the Pope was doing.

        But then again, Social Media seemed to mobilize people to protest a Anglican ordination in a Catholic Church.

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      7. It’s not that people can’t do good things on Twitter . . . it’s that most of them are drunk on the anonymity and everyone becomes their own sounding board. We are all experts now.

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      8. We have to be careful with that expert type thinking though. I was listening to a Taylor Marshall podcast with a journalist and she kept saying over and over only people with (insert type of education or degree) should be able to comment on matters of journalism and theology as examples.

        And that’s a bit dangerous. I suppose as an “expert” in history by her qualifications, I would venture to suggest that many movers of history for the greater good have been under qualified. And many with exceptional credentials have done great evils.

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      9. True. If you won’t listen to a well crafted argument that is both rational and backed by facts and circumstances that can be collaborated what is the problem with a layman’s observation? Some pretty bright people skipped getting degrees from prestigious schools and I have met (and read) a number of them that could put people with a whole raft of letters behind their names to shame. This was more acceptable in the past than it is in our own day.

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      10. With the price of education skyrocketing there is no reason why we shouldn’t get back to the autodidacts of long ago. We have public libraries and the internet to research just about any topic one is interested in learning about.

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      11. Nicholas

        Let’s face it: we are all addicts, from oldies to youngsters – everyone is either glued to a smartphone, tablet, or [insert latest technology here]. On the plus side, by not having a smartphone (yet – I’m still resisting) I have time to read books on my commute.

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      12. It’s quality too. I would imagine most media intake from technology is Tabloid like but you can also read that type of printed material.

        I would like to think I listen to podcasts that are of substance , but they’ve gotten sensational.

        Sensationalism gets the clicks even with blog posts.

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      13. Nicholas

        Absolutely. I used to read the free newspaper on the bus – really I picked it up for the cryptic crosswords – but it was so depressing I made an active choice to bring books with me to work instead.

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  1. One of the things I will dispute is the idea that being off of social media puts you out of the loop. The reality is that I am more up to date than my social media addicted peers on what’s happening now. This is because they are mired in cat pictures and flame wars instead of thought and reading.

    Instead of social media, i use these three tools instead:

    1. Gmail
    2. Google News
    3. Inoreader

    I tend to know things before others and in greater depth. Plus, my sources have already filtered out the fake news bits by the time they publish.

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  2. Melissa Zelniker-Presser

    I imagine that many souls are out there on those platforms but lost. I have tried to engage many times only to find that I am not supposed to be there. It becomes a rabbit hole for me, and so much of it is lies. I completely agree with you also on the narcissistic culture of it. If you’re not posting photos of yourself you just shouldn’t be there. It’s just not my playground.

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