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Holy Tweet!

Have you read this story on Yahoo! news? According to the AP, “Pope Benedict XVI has a new commandment for priests struggling to get their message across: ‘Go Forth and Blog.'”

“The spread of multimedia communications and its rich ‘menu of options’ might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web,” but priests are “challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources,” he said.

Why the sudden urge to get the penguin nation online? It’s marketing without fear of image. Much less, accountability.

The theme for his annual World Communications Day message, “New Media at the service of the Word,” saluting technology in the service of evangelism, was released Saturday. The event is May 16.

Yoohoo! Someone at the Vatican have a PR team? If not, call a brother because I need to buy a new house, a few cars, some furniture and perhaps have of the West Coast. My papal retainer would be large.

Did anyone within a mile of the Holy See bother to whisper in God’s Bulldog’s ears, “Um, Il Papa. Yes, In nòmine Patris, et Fìlii, et Spìritus Sancti to you too. Listen, we have a problem. I don’t think people are going to take too kindly to you telling priests to troll the Internet. It didn’t go so well last time.”

Some parents warming the pews of your local St. [insert your favorite canonized Catholic dude here] church may not be comfortable with a clarion call for priests to get happy on the IM, create an avatar and type “OMG” with a fiendish grin, as if they said the Lord’s name in vain and can get away with it.

I don’t mind the Pontiff having a YouTube account. I don’t mind the news that Pope B16 wants his homies to get online in droves. He’s serious:

The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel.”

That’s a good point. I mean, isn’t that what we are doing online in the first place… or at least one of those places? Elders within the fold see it a wee bit differently:

Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli, who heads the Vatican’s social communications office, said that Benedict’s words aimed to encourage reflection in the church on the positive uses of new media. “That doesn’t mean that (every priest) must open a blog or a Web site. It means that the church and the faithful must engage in this ministry in a digital world,” Celli told reporters. “At some point, a balance will be found.”

“Social communications office.” Who’s this guy think he is? Barack Obama?!

Pope, to quote a noted street prophet, “I ain’t mad at ‘ya.” I only wish you would have considered that same sin God washed away before you assumed everything was squeaky clean.

This week in video evangelism is what could easily become a big hit for gaming in the Vatican (courtesy of my new fave site, CollegeHumor.com).

Imagine, Pope Benedict getting his Wii on with the new “Mass We Pray” game. It’s complete with the cross controller and the kneeler for that anaerobic workout you have been craving.

Christ-followers, namely you Catholics on the Wall, be warned. It’s a Christian game, so there’s always the possibility the next person to log on live may be the big gamer in the sky.

Leeeeeeeeeeeeet’s get ready to stuuuuuumble!

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Paula White is no stranger to making a mockery of something – whether that be a marriage, a message or now a press conference where she is supposed to be defending the name of her son.

Television cameras descended on Without Walls International Church on Thursday for back-to-back news conferences about a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the head pastor’s son.

Nice collection of framed press clippings on the wall. But no son?!

Nice collection of framed press clippings on the wall. But no son?!

Now, let’s get this:

  1. “Back-to-back” press conferences?! Why? One for the secular and one of the sacred? Perhaps, one for the mainstream church folk and then one for the poor hacks she ridicules weekly and they don’t have the intelligence to know the difference?!
  2. Against her son. Not her. This isn’t about her. This is about he son allegedly being a bigot (and for the record, this lawsuit is complete crap and should be laughed out of court). Paula White should be supporting her son, but meh. Back to the story…

So, there sits Paula, ready to support her son and make this case about how she is fed up and not going to take any more. Right? Take it away hired gun and legal pundit Barry Cohen:

Barry Cohen, the church attorney, who described what he called proof that the suit was a “racial con job.” There were standing ovations. There were shouts of praise. There were threats of more lawsuits.

There was no indication this would end any time soon.

At a press conference. About her son. Much ado about nothing.

Gee, I wonder why the Kool-Aid guzzling folk got all lathered up about legal speak at a presser. You think Brandon White is really that charismatic, or was he encountered with “Girl, Interrupted.”

Brandon White, 26, spoke publicly about the case for the first time. He said he can’t look at people without wondering if they believe the allegations. He said he hasn’t been able to sleep. Then, his mother spoke. Paula White said she started the church to promote racial harmony.

“We’re drawing the line and saying enough is enough,” she said. She turned to Cohen and told him, “Use the legal system as far as you can, as hard as you can and as long as you can.”

Meanwhile, you notice what is missing from this story? Anyone? Take your time… wait for it… Randy!

The kid wasn’t found in Paula’s shotty trailer park. He does have a father, but because he probably lost the cash and his dignity in the divorce, he’s nowhere. Pathetic.

And so, we’re back with the former Without Walls youth worker gone rogue civil rights advocate, Josh Randolph, who has decided to continue with the legal proceedings against Paula White’s son.

If you note the link above, this lawsuit was a modest $4,200. And now, it seems the “N-word” means a whole lot more Ka-chinger feeling to him.

“Money never crossed my mind,” he said. “Exposure crossed my mind. I wanted Tampa to know these people are racists. I’m not going to make this a media frenzy.” …his discrimination lawsuit in which he now asks for $2 million.

If there is nothing you can believe that comes out of this dudes’ mouth, believe this, he definitely is cut from the same make-up stained, ballyhooed cloth that Paula is because this is some drama for your mama!

Think we’ll be covering this one on the Wall? I would bet a few extra bricks on that one.

Continuing the visual motif this week, it’s no secret my proclivity for bad Christian marketing.

From pop culture design to denominations, technology to terrible tactics for ministries, we have covered it all… with um, rotten tomatoes and sour grapes.

There are some really bad ideas out there in Christendom. As we have tagged before, it’s shameful that the Church seems to be the bevy of stolen… er, borrowed ideas.

Whether it’s a pastor’s sermon, “CSI: Christ Scene Investigation” or a cheeseball T-shirt swiping a popular logo and “Christifying” it, like “Jesus Christ: He’s the real thing,” real Jesus followers demand more. (And yes, I am considering coining that phrase.)

We follow a guy that had the idea to create the world in six days… and his children can’t do better than that?! I think they can, and have advocated that many times in my fare burgh.

Then I saw this brilliant post on Acme Arena’s Defending. Contending. Aside from the fact it just confirms my albeit jaded thinking, I haven’t stopped laughing about this mess.

Below are some of my personal favorites, but please click on the link and enjoy:

Choo-choo-soul for Christ?

Choo-choo-soul for Christ?

I think the BarackStar will claim copyright infringement

I think the BarackStar will claim copyright infringement

And I just got cross eyed looking at this shirt. Pray for me?

And I just got cross eyed looking at this shirt. Pray for me?

So, if I'm at a loss in the office, can I pray for "Staples"? Anyone?

So, if I'm at a loss in the office, can I pray for "Staples"? Anyone?

And Jesus is my (Patrick) Star too!

And Jesus is my (Patrick) Star too!

This shirt makes me wanna' fling poo as well.

This shirt makes me wanna' fling poo as well.

No child predators there, right?

No child predators there, right?

Does Jesus fart in his car too?

Does Jesus fart in his car too?

Take that, Jordan!

Take that, Jordan!

I love documentaries.

Call it a pet hobby of mine, but a well-done documentary is about as satisfying as a “Twilight” marathon for a 12-year old (or some of the 30-ish-year-olds I know).

But this one by Dan Merchant, “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers” should be amazing… you know, if supported by the Church. I discovered this film – due to hit theaters nationally September 25 – through a blogger on Examiner.com who links to the Wall.

First, a masonry shout-out to Shawn Paul Wood (the aforementioned examiner) for the love. Second, thanks for the insight. This movie looks great!

Want to see more? Check out this week’s video evangelism post, which is an excerpt from the genius Monty Python film, “The Life of Brian.” Wall Watchers, this movie is something we definitely need to get behind. Peace.

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