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A religion have to be dogmatic - "authoritative, assertion of unproved or unprovable principles" - and as such cannot really live with a free discussion, nor evolutionary theories or anything that would rock the unproven pillar of truth that their belief is built on.
No wonder Teilhard de Chardin was frozen out! And huge wonder if any blogging would come out of the upper echelons of any religious belief system... nope, not possible.

Another situation applies to the (possibly many) that believe in certain religious philosophies and adapts that to their own mix of beliefs - now there the blogs may take root. But I do not think their church would call these true believers...

Joe Begalla

I am watching the Pope's funeral on CNN in one corner of my screen, and I find that I want to post my thoughts somewhere. But what I am discovering, and I am surprised at this, is how the content of what I "thought" I wanted to express has dramatically changed.

Instead of posting my feelings about the Pope's impact, the state of the Church, and the panoply of the events in Rome - all from the perspective of an avowed cafeteria Catholic, I'm being drawn to a couple of thoughts about the connectivity of us all, and how the elusive electron has become an important part of the fabric of my own spiritual foundation.

I read once that it may be that there is only ONE electron, but it's everywhere...all at once! Maybe that's what the divine is - that one electron. And in some timeless and unbounded way, that one electron touches and is actually part of every singe thing (and maybe every single thought) in the universe. If so, we really all share in everything, in every moment. For me, it's kind of like Chardin's "noosphere" and I believe that this underlayment of connection is becoming recognized more visibly, and at a much faster pace, as we continue to share ideas, observations and experiences in this fabulous electronic era.

Zhukav wrote about "The Evolution of the Soul" and it was interesting stuff, but I think he has it wrong. I think the real evolution of the soul is arising through the growing enhancement to consciousness that occurs as we find more, and better, and faster ways to connect and share ideas. Out of those connections, new patterns of thought emerge, and maybe they will blend someday into a universal consciousness that keeps us all pointing to the "ideal." And of course, I want that ideal to be individualized at each point of consciousness so I don't lose my personal identity and sense of self. But, paradoxically, I want it to be commonly shared and universally acknowledged. Maybe it'll prove to be that this "one" electron is kind of like the American Express commercial "It's everywhere you want it to be!"

What a great way to connect. I hope that the Church will come to recognize the value of an open source operating system where other voices add and contribute to the energy and "spin" of the electron that touches us all. If so, maybe its influence, and value, would increase. I would love to see the leadership in Rome sermonize, enclylicalize, publicize AND even podcast a stream of support that gains credence from the body of thought that can arise from our collective input. Maybe that sort of wiki will produce some energizing ideas that will bring about real change and spiritual optimism. Cross your fingers and watch for the smoke!

I see the funeral is over, an advertisement is running, and I have muted the sound. But, though the "media event" is not capturing my attention at the moment, I am still connected to its meaning as I write, because that "one" electron is persisting in its influence; and it swirls through my individualized consciousness, runs through the mechanisms of my muscles down to the keyboard... and moves out into the sphere of the blog community with the message that, yes, we're connected in many more ways that we think we are.

Just a few thoughts from the west coast of Florida....

Aaron Cabral

So, was Pope John Paul II into technology or not? I have two completely contradicting news feeds:

CNN says he was:

Reuters says he was not:

Well, this is interesting indeed. I am skeptical of both articles, because
neither are what I would consider "1st sources." In fact, I think they are
op/ed or 3rd sources at best. While it is probably true that PJP wrote his
encyclicals by hand, and had them transcribed for the internet, who's to say
he liked or disliked the internet? Did either of these authors actually
quote the pontiff? It may be really quite simple, such as "he's the leader
of one of the largest churches in the world, does he REALLY have time to
transcribe them himself into every popular language EVERY week?" Notice,
there is nothing in that statement that describes the Pope's personal
feelings about the internet. Also, to attribute the Church's entry into the
computer age isn't really that big of an accomplishment, and here's my
argument: He became Pope when no one used computers on a consumer level.
When computers became mainstream in the 90's, the church responded in kind,
and at the most, PJP OK'd the use of such technology. (He probably didn't
get on his knees and run all the cat-5 cable in the Vatican himself.) I
believe it just shows how much the Church does run like a business. Correct
me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the Vatican have it's own councils on finding
the best possible ways of spreading their message to keep the whole church
unified? After all, It's had its fair share of renegades in the past. I
think it would have been a bigger deal if the Church had actually spent
decades debating the moral issues of using the internet and PJP jumped in
and saved the day.

That's my personal Op/Ed on the issue.

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