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Australian bishops issue social networking protocol

Catholic World News - February 04, 2010

The current issue of Origins includes the “Social Networking Protocol for the Catholic Church in Australia,” which was recently issued by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

“While noting that social networking sites should not be seen as a substitute for actual community life, but as something that can underpin and enhance the life of actual communities, the Church wishes to take advantage of social networking opportunities as one means of communicating the love of Jesus Christ to people,” the protocol states. “In doing so, however, Church entities and Church employees, volunteers and members of official Church organisations or groups, need to be aware of appropriate boundaries and activities when communicating in the name of the Church in an online environment.”

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