Populist Pope tells priests “keep on blogging”

Hip and with-it “Go daddio”  Pope Benedict told priests that they must start blogging to spread the gospel message.

The 82 year old pontiff apparently read from an address that he wrote in his best German handwriting and then had a computer whiz at the Vatican type it out.

In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Communications, the pope, who is 82, said the church must make the most of the “rich menu of options” offered by new technology.

He said priests have to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources, powerpoint, images, videos, animated features, blogs, and Web sites. All this could open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelicalism and catechesis.

Priests, he said, had to respond to the challenge of “today’s cultural shifts” if they wanted to reach young people. We guess fumbling with a choir boy in the vestry is a thing of the past, you have to go to Facebook these days.

However, he warned priests not to strive to become stars of new media. He said that priests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart.