Bishops are using the Web to get their message out

ROME — Almost since it was announced, the two-stage Synod of Bishops on the family has been a magnet for conspiracy theories. One of the most popular is that because the Vatican doesn’t provide texts or transcripts for what bishops say, somehow the message is being massaged.

In the age of self-publishing and social media, however, some of the sting has been taken out of that concern by the fact that many of the 270 bishops are using personal blogs or other means of communication to share not only the full texts of their speeches, but also personal reflections on what’s going on.

Personally, I find this disappointing and pray that they move themselves away from their little center stages and use the time to concentrate on praying for, and listening to guidance from the Holy Spirit.


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