Blogging Meeting Vatican Report Part Two

This is my second post on the blogging conference and I am bound to have missed someone or something, but this is pretty much all I can do for now. 

Part One of my report on the conference is here

There are so many people I want to follow up on, so much still to reflect on but I know I can share with many others this experience as one of the highlights of my life and faith.

So here we go ....

I was delighted to pick up via Liz Scalia this link to an ABC News report of the meeting which has this to say about the issue of regulating bloggers from Fr. Paul Tighe ;

"The Catholic blogging community is as diverse as Roman Catholicism, with a range of views and topics: Some people blog about spirituality, others take a more political tone about the direction of the church, others share information about liturgical questions."

"It's very much a first step, to meet with, to hear their concerns, to try to talk about some of the things we're doing and see if people want to take it further, or how they think it might be helpful to take the discussion further," Tighe said in a recent interview.

He stressed that the Vatican wasn't interested in trying to organize or police the Catholic blogosphere, which has its own fair share of extremist views.

"I think we recognize that even if it were our agenda, it would be a very futile exercise," Tighe said.

On code of conducts Dame Catherine Wybourne, aka The Digital Nun has written this article here.

I think this whole minefield topic of codes of conduct, web etiquette etc may warrant a separate post at some future time.....

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 Further information from the Vatican PCCS is from here with audio transcripts of the meeting and Introductory remarks for Panel I : Richard Rouse, Official, Pontifical Council for Culture

The second panel  was moderated by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, and included five Vatican representatives.
Jesuit priest Spadaro is a consultant for the Pontifical Council on Social Communications, and writes a popular Italian blog on religion and technology.

This man really impressed me by his grasp of the issues and his desire for openness and dialogue.
He talked about the efforts that are being made to institutionally support blogging and emergent social media.

He said that every blog is like a novel but it has no end. He asked us to consider the way we pass on messages and share messages in the context of community. The web is a confusing place !

By having the blogging meeting it necessarily promoted expectations and desires but there was deliberately NO FOCUS at this stage but the emphasis was that by starting off with illusions we could mobilise energies to  co-operate.

We all want to listen and again he emphasised that the meeting had been organised because the Church needs to listen to the people.

He said that blogs are one of the key grassroots movements where emergent cultures and faith are expressed and this is where the dialogue has to take place : - from the bottom up .

Interestingly, Spadaro also emphasised that the Church hopes to connect with all bloggers, not just Catholics and not only those with the most visitors.
How impressive is all that ?!

One of the  issues that caused much discussion in the second panel  was the issue of copyright.

Attribution and links are not enough, think some journalists.
I have always made use of  Creative Commons as a way to approach this with a disclaimer at the bottom of my blog and this is a common approach by many bloggers who are independent and post on a non- profit basis. The Vatican recognises and desires the need to enhance the need to distribute texts for free as long as there is no commercial gain.

This is the link to the comments on copyright made by Rocco Palmo and Mateo Madasco via OSV Daily Take Blog.
Thaddeus Jones, works with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, 
and is coordinator of the international telecasts  and also a former Vatican Radio journalist. 

He began the final part of the conference by sharing some of the social media projects the Vatican is currently updating on their web portal, which seeks to integrate all the Vatican information offices into a more cohesive multi -media platform following Web 2.0 standards.

This link provides more comprehensive details on this development and

 also covers the talk given in the second panel by speaker Eva Janosikova, who is in charge of social media promotion for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid. 

The contribution from Fr. Marco Sanavio from Padua was interesting.
He compared the design of two Italian cities to the the birth of a new type of pastoral presence on the Internet.
Florence was designed for pedestrians and horses, Milan outskirts for "auto-man" and the rapid pace of emergent social media is also changing the pace at which dioceses need to work today. 

He said the figure of a “web-pastor” is necessary who is able to use the social media and networking as a powerful tool for the diocese and as an effective  "mooring point."

Please also check out  Rome Reports, a high quality broadcasting service that covers daily events at the Vatican and this video below shows some of the highlights from the Blogging Meeting !!

As an addendum this is an interesting video from Fr Spadaro who is known as Jesuit 2.0 (!)

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