The Social Church

Around 62 percent of adult U.S. Catholics have a profile on Facebook; 58 percent of Catholics 30 and under share pictures, articles and comments at least once a week; and nearly a third say they would like their pastors and bishops to use blogs. Those are some results of a study released by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. The study, “Catholic New Media Use in the United States, 2012,” was released on Nov. 11 in conjunction with the U.S. bishops’ annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. The report “suggests many opportunities for the church to engage with those who live on the ‘digital continent,’ as Pope Benedict XVI describes this new culture of communication,” said Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications. In fact, more than half the survey’s respondents said they were unaware of any significant presence of the church on social media.

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

How unfortunate that the arts are caught in the cross-hairs of a ruptured and increasingly misguided political system.
Mark Bosco, S.J. March 28, 2017
The education plan for deportees represents one of the first attempts by the Mexican government to pushback against the policies of the new occupant of the White House.
Jan-Albert HootsenMarch 28, 2017
Me wanting a gang member to have a different life would never be the same as that gang member wanting to have one.
Greg Boyle, S.J.March 28, 2017
President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to repeal key policies meant to curb global warming is a direct contradiction of Catholic social teaching on caring for the environment.
Wyatt MasseyMarch 28, 2017