Skip to comments.Vatican Defends Pope’s Twitter Account Despite Attacks
Posted on 01/25/2013 1:36:57 PM PST by marshmallow
VATICAN CITY The Vatican on Thursday (Jan. 24) defended the popes choice to open a Twitter account even if it exposes him to insults and online abuse.
Twitter is a secular reality ... but we prefer to be present rather than stay away from something just to avoid a risk, said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the Vaticans department for social communications, during the launch of the annual papal message for World Communications Day.
Pope Benedict XVI opened his Twitter handle @Pontifex on Dec. 3. It has since gathered more than 2.5 million followers in nine languages, including Latin.
But the 85-year old pontiff has found himself on the receiving end of an almost endless stream of messages on the social network some prayerful, some humorous and some outright offensive.
Is it true that you dress Prada just like the devil? asked an Italian Twitter user after the launch of the papal account.
Many Twitter users aggressively question the pontiffs record on child sexual abuse, his position on homosexuality or his brief enrollment in a militia unit during his youth in Nazi Germany.
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All indications of our culture indicate this will only get worse.
I was kinda embarrassed that the Holy Father had a twitter account before I did. But I’m thinking now I don’t need the grief.
I guess I’m just too much of an adult to follow liberals around and attack them from the safety of my home.
Nasty language from anonymous jerks was the least of his problems.
Benedict XVI has made the right decision.