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Lexilogio

Tweeting Clergy

Twitter is used by many people. For some, it is a part of their work - not because its in the job description, but because they see their work as a vital contribution to society. For others, it is simply a way to sound off, or to express views.

In looking for relevant accounts to follow as the @NGLReturns account, I found that many Bishops have a twitter account. And it set me thinking. What would you tweet about, if you were a member of the clergy? Would you see the account as part of your vocation - or something different?
Jim

Re: Tweeting Clergy

I noted that the R.C. church has forbidden the cardinals to tweet when they go into conclave.
Surely they shouldn't NEED to be told?
I mean, when we meet in Presbytery, all mobile phones  and similar gizzmos are turned off as per standing orders.
cymrudynnion

Lexi one could argue it is a form of evangelising which they are supposed to do.
gone

I would have thought the clergy would have had better things to do with their spare time, of which they have precious little!
Lexilogio

cymrudynnion wrote:
Lexi one could argue it is a form of evangelising which they are supposed to do.


Agreed. And there are those who use it for that purpose. Short biblical quotes pop up frequently from some tweeters.
Lexilogio

Floo wrote:
I would have thought the clergy would have had better things to do with their spare time, of which they have precious little!


But it can be a way of reaching out - of showing people that you are human. For example, John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, is, apparently, a football fan. And particularly follows York City.
cyberman

Floo wrote:
I would have thought the clergy would have had better things to do with their spare time, of which they have precious little!


Most clergy tweets which I see are not 'free time' stuff, but 'job' stuff.
Lexilogio

cyberman wrote:
Floo wrote:
I would have thought the clergy would have had better things to do with their spare time, of which they have precious little!


Most clergy tweets which I see are not 'free time' stuff, but 'job' stuff.


Same here. Its a difficult line though - as showing a bit of "real life" tends to encourage greater empathy and wider following.  But it depends also on your position - and it is VERY easy to mess up big time on Twitter.

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