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The Pope has ordered his priests to get more active on the net to spread the word of God, while warning them not to get carried away by the false idols of the digital world. In a message highlighting that 2010 is the Year for Priests (Catholics only) and flagging up May's 44th World Communications Day, Pope Benedict reminds his …

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Original SYN ?

So priests are being encouraged to implement push- and multicast -proselytising modes? I wonder how many Megabits-per-second a streamed prayer requires?

[ Must admit, whenever I've tried to open a connection for prayer or worship I've never managed to get past the first SYN ]

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SYN - NACK!

Because your SYN has to be ACK'd not NACK'd.

BTW I wonder if the priests will all get togethor and do some Web 2.0 Social Networking stuff on www.faithbook.com or post lots of thier hymns on www.myfath.com?

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Ha Ha ha

[Benedict has warned priests that simply sticking up a website with mass times and a plea for jumble sale volunteers wasn't enough.]

They still haven't got the hang of old style comms. Traveled 20 miles the other weekend to photograph some stained glass in one, and found it locked, no indication of where you could get in touch with a keyholder either. Justa sign say "Confesions by appointment" perhaps one has to do it by prayer.

The Anglicans were no better out 3 out of 5 were locked despite signs saying open every day.

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Signs of the times

The Basilica Cathedral of San Jose in San Jose, CA manages to stay open most days for most of the day, but vandalism (including the breaking of stained glass windows), has made it so that whenever there isn't anyone available to watch it, they lock it now.

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Pick up Thy Mouse, and Talk,Talk the Walk ?

"The Pope has ordered his priests to get more active on the net to spread the word of God, while warning them not to get carried away by the false idols of the digital world."

Step into the Virtual World from a land of closed cloisters and frocks and funny hats and what will be Rendered and Delivered is AIRadical Fundamental Existentialism to Enhance the Long March So Cruelly Halted in the Exclusive Condescension of Self Exaltation and Patent Pagan Falsehoods.

And all are Most Welcome into ITs Spaces and Strange Places for the Fool and the Bigot Deny Themselves Entry and are Left to just Howl at the Perly Gates with their Vacuous Yells Lost in the Clamour.

I suppose CyberSpace eventually was bound to be targetted with an old style virus.

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Seems there are many easy things they could do

And im supprised they are not.

Twitter feed for "thought for the day".

Facebook page for the parish.

Mass and holy day reminders through both.

Simple stuff. Easy to do.

Fail for them not doing it, and also for the athists who will, undoubtely, feel the need to post comments totaly unrelated to the artical.

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Oh you!

You meen like someone posting a comment only related to you're spelling and grammars?

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OMG (literally)

Have a look at The Pope's name servers!

http://network-tools.com/default.asp?prog=express&host=vatican.va

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Yes, very odd....

nserver: john.vatican.va

nserver: ns2.nic.it

nserver: seth.namex.it

nserver: osiris.namex.it

nserver: michael.vatican.va

OK, I get John, ns2, Seth and Michael, but Osiris? the God of the dead? Didn't christianity stamp out the worship of Osiris? hmmm... Osiris, father to Horus (an immaculate conception), and the parallels between Horus and Jesus surely can't be coincidence?

There's proof (if I've ever seen it ;-) that Christianity is just a modified Osiris cult.

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So the Pope is now encouraging priests

to spend more time talking to the youngsters online? Given their record with that sort of thing, shouldn't they be kept seperate?

laird a'michty, these guys really need a PR filter guy...

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It would only be appropriate therefore...

... to equip his army of minions with Jesus phones?

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umm

what is "media savvy" in Latin? Guess I'll have to check with Radio Finland's Nuntii Latini--but their latest is about Ban Ki Moon.

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has possibilities

There are possibilities. The Old Testament has the makings of a cracking video game, Samson demolishing the temple, parting of the Red Sea, walls of Jericho falling, that bloke getting the tent peg through his skull and stuff. Onan will be a bit tricky though.

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New testament too

Keep throwing them loaves and fishes otherwise you get mobbed. Raise a few more (un)dead for your personal army.

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Plot twists!

Many of the storylines would have alternative endings, all Biblically accurate.

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Smiting and Begetting

And - as far as the Bible is concerned - let's face it; the book's chock-full of smiting and begetting. Then we move on to the pornfest known as the "Song of Solomon" - that can easily be repurposed into a Flash-animated-shagathon.

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Gotta read the book.

Codex means book. The early church (mostly Jewish) developed the Scroll into the Book.

Monks invented Illuminations.

It's taken nearly 50 years for Electronic Displays to get from being Glass (CRT. LCD) & paper (Teletype, Printer) Scroll based to page based interfaces allown simple annotation and random access.

As % of Population

Worst Abusers: People in Family & Friends etc.

Priests as % of Priests and Strangers are way below.

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Of course

Of course you realise that the priest jokes mainly stem from the organisation's reaction to abuse, not the number of abusers that turned up there.

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RT @Jesus, @God

What did the gay priest say after every prayer?

awww men!

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Gutenberg?

If, as the article imples, the church has usually been behind the times, can someone please tell me what the first mass-produced book might have been?

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Answer....

Probably some Mills and Boon shagfest? (Wouldn't surprise me)

/crap joke

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You're referring to Gutenberg

The Church didn't publish nor fund the Gutenberg Bible, though it did receive ecclesiastical approval as a good translation. It was a privately funded money making investment with scandal and mismanagement of funds and court cases! Gutenberg lost control of the press and half the printed Bibles to an investor. Previously published were various other smaller type-set texts.

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Not fair to say Church supressed Bible translations

There were from time to time Bible translations the Church didn't allow cause they were bad translations, but before the reformation the Bible was available in many languages including English. Many people think that because Tynedale had the first printed Bible in English (actually New Testament and part of the Old Testament), that there were no English Bibles. There were, just not printed yet. They were all laboriously hand-copied, (which is of course the reason for the chaining of the Bible, both in Catholic and protestant churches in the time of the reformation, so it wouldn't get stolen, it represented the equivalent in work of that of a whole village for a year.) The Church encouraged translation into all languages, but insisted on good translations. Tynedale in particular had what seemed to be deliberate anti-clerical mis-translations. No one today would consider using it, though it is available online now! It wasn't until the King James and the Douay-Rheims that a good English translation was in print. Today the NIV is considered the most faithful to early Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek texts.

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