It’s bad enough that Wikipedia calls itself an “encyclopedia” while containing detailed entries on the most depraved sexual acts humanly imaginable. On these grounds alone Catholics should use extreme caution when browsing Wikipedia, if at all.
But now there is news that an individual who contributed to thousands of Wikipedia articles and arbitrated the additions of others is a fraud. The individual claimed to be a Professor of Religion but in fact was 24-year-old college dropout.
You can read the Associated Press article on this story HERE.
Wikipedia is increasingly dangerous for Catholic youth in particular. Its entries on religion are now in question, making it an unacceptable resource for information on spiritual topics. Furthermore, its inclusion of massive articles on porn stars and sex acts mean that traumatic experiences are just a keystroke away for children. Of course, the objection to this will be that any keystroke on the internet can lead to depraved material. This objection is faulty, however. Parents innocently leave access to Wikipedia open in their blocking software, thinking it is a “safe” website. After all, what could possibly be so bad about an encyclopedia? This is truly a case of children protecting parents.