Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Italian Catholics urge caution over Facebook

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It seems the Catholic Church hasn't quite worked out its stance on social networking technology. Just days after the Pope launched his very own YouTube channel, Archbishop Pompili from the Italian Episcopal Conference has attacked the popularity of networking sites like Facebook.

Of course, the Catholic objection to Facebook centres on a view that believers risk prioritising their online relationships over God and so on, but it seems the Archbishop has inadvertently come up with the perfect term for what Facebook can bring about in its more enthusiastic users – "online egocentrism".

I couldn't agree more. But then again I'm also on Facebook, which makes me a hypocrite. And you wouldn't see that in the Vatican.