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social hub: Internet vs Christentum | huffingtonpost

social hub: Internet vs Christentum

Is the Internet Killing Christianity? |  Christian Piatt – huffingtonpost

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As for why now, the answer is more complex than any single factor. On the one hand, changing domestic, social and economic systems have caused us to spread out and move around far more than before. The churches, as a result, are no longer social hubs of neighborhoods any more. And along with being social hubs, churches also served as economic engines, as businesspeople networked after worship or over a potluck meal. Now we just use LinkedIn.

There’s also been a substantial shift in cultural perception, such that not going to church no longer holds the same stigma that it used to. Even atheists are coming out of the proverbial closet kirchenaustritte_body_liaweis.5035191in greater numbers. And as I suggest in postChristian, lower church attendance doesn’t necessarily correlate to fewer people believing in God. Plenty of skeptics have filled church pews out of a sense of familial or other social obligation.

But beyond these factors, there’s the dramatic shift in how we access and consume ideas and information. As Michael Grunwald points out in his TIME Magazine article, „The Second Age of Reason,“ we are living today in the midst of a „Golden Age of answers.“ This is important on a couple of levels as it relates to church, and actually, it’s been a long time coming.

Prior to the development of movable typeface and the printing press, few people of average means owned a Bible. But once printing was accessible, the information once relegated to libraries and collections of the rich was distributed far and wide. Of course, more people had to learn how to read first in order to enjoy the books, but the availability of literature such as the Gutenberg Bible provided an incentive.

Fast forward a few hundred years, and we see the Internet having much the same effect. Aside from the ease and immediacy of access to information, it also offers an unprecedented variety of perspectives. Before, we might have had one newspaper — or one priest or pastor — to tell us what the facts were in any given situation, and we’d take it more or less on faith. But now we dissect everything from the presidential actions in the middle east to Biblical interpretation, and even the price of our favorite coffee.

Perhaps most important, though, as Grunwald notes, is that we have direct access to the information. It’s always „out there,“ waiting to be retrieved, rather than being parsed out to us by some other mediating body. „The democratization of information,“ he writes, „is particularly threatening to middlemen and gatekeepers. Who needs a travel agent when there’s Kayak and Priceline? How long can real estate agents and stockbrokers survive when buyers and sellers are linking up online?“

Stated another way: Who needs a church or a priest when spiritual seekers believe they can access God directly?

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via Is the Internet Killing Christianity? | Christian Piatt.

Ratzinger: Katholische Moral & Pädophelie | Resistere

03/10/2014 2 Kommentare

Ratzinger: Katholische Moral & Pädophelie
Ratzinger ist nicht „unschuldig

Morale cattolica e pedofilia | Informare per Resistere.

Quasi ogni giorno affiorano storie antiche o recenti, in Italia o altrove, di abusi su minori da parte di esponenti del clero, mentre la Chiesa alterna promesse di tolleranza zero o richieste di scuse a tentativi di occultare, minimizzare e denunciare pretesi complotti ai suoi danni. In particolare la Chiesa cerca di chiudere la discussione ammettendo che anche il clero è pieno di peccatori, ma rivendicando al tempo stesso la santità della sua dottrina e la fermezza del pontefice nel combattere la piaga della pedofilia (che ormai tanto è costata e costa anche pecuniariamente alle casse vaticane e delle varie diocesi per risarcimenti alle vittime).

A proposito della lotta senza quartiere del papa contro la pedofilia si ripete che la copertura data anni fa nella diocesi di Monaco a responsabili di abusi ricade su un sottoposto che non aveva  informato l’allora arcivescovo Ratzinger. Dall’altra parte si esalta (anche da parte del papa stesso) il celibato del clero, giurando che non c’è rapporto fra l’obbligo della castità per i preti o per le suore e la pedofilia. Anzi, essa sarebbe il frutto del cedimento al permissivismo sessualedella società moderna. Ma le cose stanno proprio così?

Le responsabilità di Ratzinger
Prima di tutto Ratzinger non è affatto “innocente”.

E non tanto per gli abusi commessi a Monaco, noti o ignoti che gli fossero, ma per la copertura data per anni, dalla Congregazione per la fede che lui presiedeva, agli abusi commessi in tutti i paesi del mondo. Il 18 maggio 2001, infatti, la Congregazione emanò, con la firma di Ratzinger e del segretario Tarcisio Bertone, una Lettera indirizzata ai vescovi di tutta la Chiesa cattolica e agli altri ordinari e prelati interessati, circa i delitti più gravi riservati alla medesima Congregazione per la dottrina della fede. …..

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