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Paula Ruddy February 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

Wow, Sister Susan, you did storify. It is only one side! There are many Catholics who have been writing that the issue is not one of religious liberty at all. What do you mean “our” story?

Don McCrabb February 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Sr. Susan, you make a very powerful case for the Church taking better advantage of social media because the Church can 1) respond much faster and 2) take their case directly to the public leaving it “unfiltered” by the media. There are, of course, other things to consider:

Notice the importance of how the question is framed. Is this a case of religious freedom or a woman’s right to contraception? Is the story well informed by facts or is it shaped by perceptions? How do we know if the author has done his or her homework and checked sources? Does the press of deadlines eat away at journalistic standards of fairness and independent confirmation?

We need to be in the social media but it is not enough just to show up. We need to be intentional about our message, solid on our facts, and strategic in when, and how often, we present our message.

Sr. Susan Wolf, SND February 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Paula, I said make our “case” (not our story) meaning in the debate over the HHS mandate which is requiring all insurance companies to provide specific services that the Catholic Church is opposed to. My point in this article is not to discuss all perspectives on the debate, but to demonstrate that Catholics who are using the Internet and social media have a chance to be in the discussion and I used the “Storify” tool to show examples of some who are.

Thanks, Don, for your thoughtful insights. You ask very good questions that we all need to keep in mind. I agree “We need to be in the social media but it is not enough just to show up. We need to be intentional about our message, solid on our facts, and strategic in when, and how often, we present our message.”

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