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The Internet is a "gift from God" that facilitates communication, Pope Francis said in a statement released Thursday, but he warns that the obsessive desire to stay connected can actually isolate people from their friends and family.
Francis made the observations in a message about Catholic Church communications, meditating on the marvels and perils of the digital era and what that means for the faithful going out into the world and interacting with people of different faiths and backgrounds.
In comments that will likely rile the more conservative wing of the church, Francis suggested that in engaging in that dialogue, Catholics shouldn't be arrogant in insisting that they alone possess the truth....
John Beechy wrote: That's fine. But then how would the Internet be a gift?
God gives gifts that must be developed through work and effort,the people who invented all the good things we have had their talent given to them by God but they had to work and in many cases struggle to get to its full potential and they are rewarded for it and I am blessed by it and don't mind paying for it....same goes for Music or anybody else's talent that I am blessed by.
I guess what I was talking about is the entitlement attitude so common today that seems to think other people and their talents and abilities God gave them to earn a living should be "free" or at the price someone WANTS to pay.
The Internet has indeed been a gift of God, for the more Catholic official doctrine I read, the worse it looks, e.g.: www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_15051891_rerum-novarum_en.html
This also means Protestants have less excuse for ignorance about the Roman Church-State â€“ Know Your Enemy.