The current debate over the HHS mandate requiring insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception has been widely covered over the Internet and social media. Fortunately, Church leaders and many Catholics are also there to present our case for the right to religious freedom directly to the public as well.
Catholics and others have been posting their views on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. They have sent e-letters and posted articles on news sites and blogs.
This is the new world of communications. Those who are using the Internet and social media have a chance to be heard in this world of the 24 hour news cycle. Some Church leaders and many Catholics have already recognized the value of the new media and have adopted these channels as part of their ongoing communication efforts. They are in position to respond to challenges and crises in ways that are timely and unfiltered. They can present their messages directly to the public. This is extremely important for moral and ethical issues, responding to natural and human disasters and teaching the faith. Let this current event be a wake up call to those who are not there.
I attempted to create an article to demonstrate this new use of the Internet and social media by the Church using a free tool called “Storify.” It was not as user friendly as promised and I couldn’t get many of the features to work. However, I was able to create a story and I think it shows how we can be in the public discussion when it comes to faith and values, if we are on the Internet and social media. You can find that story at this link.
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