Last month’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro had a new twist.
Making your way to this year’s World Youth Day granted you the usual benefits of completing a pilgrimage, but this year had a new twist.
The Vatican not only recognized those attending the event in Brazil as usual, they also included those who took part “with due devotion, via the new means of social communication.”
Some news headlines lead us to believe that “the Vatican was offering to get people out of purgatory sooner if they would just follow Pope Francis on Twitter.”
Not the case.
However, this is an interesting development as the Catholic church recognizes social media as an extension of involvement and participation.
Is it really participating?
Let’s step away from the theology of the Catholic faith and look at this from purely a religion/technology perspective—applying it to the Protestant faith:
What about those who attend church services every Sunday morning via a church video stream?
The example of World Youth Day is a one-time event, so I can see this isn’t exactly comparing apples and apples, but I would love to hear your thoughts on this.