benedictsays3Well it seems that his arse-Holiness is teaming up with Google to produce his own channel via YouTube. Reuters had this to say:
The Vatican will soon have its own channel on the video sharing site YouTube where the Catholic faithful or the curious will be able to see Pope Benedict or Church events, a Vatican source said on Saturday.
Because our lives are not saturated with enough religious glurge.
The details of the accord are due to be presented on Friday at a news conference attended by Vatican officials as well as Henrique de Castro, managing director of media solutions for Google, which owns YouTube.
One wonders if google are doing a special deal here? Why do they need to have a meeting? Can't the pope just register himself?

The question has been asked whether an organization such as the Roman Catholic church, conditioned to issuing Papal edicts and telling the faithful what to do , is ready for an interactive format. I can only imagine the comment war that would erupt if the Pope was to comment on
  1. compensation for paedophile priests
  2. abortion
  3. condoms
  4. homosexuality
But then I guess this is what the meeting with Google is about. How can the Vatican take advantage of you tube without the hassle of having to deal with the community on the community's terms?

Should we be worried that the Church with its money is involving itself with google? One wonders what financial arrangements are being considered and what pull Benedict might have?

And anyway I thought Google was God - conflict much?
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Cross posted at Sean the Blogonaut

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Comment by Sean the Blogonaut on January 18, 2009 at 11:19pm
Ofcourse they should be allowed to post, freedom of speech and all that - I am just extremely cynical about them wanting to participate in dialogue
Comment by Sean the Blogonaut on January 18, 2009 at 5:52pm
They shall don the holy robe of flame warding
Comment by Clarence Dember on January 18, 2009 at 12:01pm
Therein lies the thorns. The Vat-Tube in Googlewerld? Not so tasty.

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