According to a new church document titled Vultum Dei Quaerere (‘Seeking the Face of God’), the Pontiff took the opportunity to stomp down on sisters’ tweeting antics.
‘In our society, the digital culture has a decisive influence in shaping our thoughts and the way we relate to the world and, in particular, to other people.
‘Contemplative communities are not immune from this cultural climate. Clearly, these media can prove helpful for formation and communication,’ he said.
He added: ‘At the same time, I urge a prudent discernment aimed at ensuring that they remain truly at the service of formation to contemplative life and necessary communication, and do not become occasions for wasting time or escaping from the demands of fraternal life in community. Nor should they prove harmful for your vocation or become an obstacle to your life wholly dedicated to contemplation.’
Regardless, a savvy group of social media sisters are pointing out they’re able to both tweet andfulfill their religious duties.
Sister Catherine Wybourne (otherwise known as Digitalnun) is a Benedictine nun from Holy Trinity Monastery in Herefordshire, England with 17,000 followers an posted a blog post to say:
‘When it comes to wasting time online, I think we all know the difference between a creative use of the internet/Social Media and what I’d call sheer consumerism.’