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Jesuit journal praises spirit of Wikipedia

April 07, 2011

A Jesuit author, writing in a semi-official Vatican publication, has praised the collaborative spirit of independent computer programmers who have built up resources like Wikipedia.

Father Antonio Spadaro, writing in Civilta Cattolica, used the misleading term “hackers” to describe those who have chosen to work independently on internet projects, rather than joining corporate efforts guided by the profit motive. He saw a “clear theological origin” in their preference for cooperative work and free access.

Civilta Cattolica is generally regarded as reflecting the views of the Holy See, since its articles are vetted in advance by the Vatican Secretariat of State.


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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 07, 2011 3:01 PM ET USA

    Why is it not surprising that a Jesuit would love Wikipedia---where anybody and everybody can write his own opinion as fact without regard for any authority? And if you don't like what's written you can change it to suit yourself? Intellectual chaos, not far from the theological and spiritual chaos so evident in...shall we be charitable and say, in some corners of the Church.